Famous Deaths on January 20

  • 250 Fabianus, Pope (236-50)/saint, dies
  • 288 St. Sebastian, early Christian martyr (commemorated as his feast day)
  • 820 Muslim jurist Abu Abdallah M ibn Idris al-Sjafi'i, dies
  • 842 Theophilus, Byzantine kaiser (829-42), dies
  • 882 Louis II/III the Younger, German king (876-82), dies
  • 1156 Bishop Henry, patron saint of Finland
  • 1191 Frederick VI, Duke of Swabia (b. 1167)
  • 1479 John II, king of Aragon/Navarra, dies at 81
  • 1569 Miles Coverdale, English bible translator Great bible, dies at 80
  • 1612 Rudolf II von Habsburg, emperor of Germany (1576-1612), dies at 59
  • 1639 Mustapha I, sultan of Turkey (1622-23), dies
  • 1666 Anna of Austria, queen of France/daughter of Philip III, dies at 64
  • 1691 Christian de Placker, composer, dies at 77
  • 1707 Humphrey Hody, English theologian (b. 1659)
  • 1709 François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France, dies at 84
  • 1713 Pavao Vitezovic, Croatian historian, dies
  • 1727 John van Bylevelt, Catholic apostole, dies
  • 1739 Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (b. 1659)
  • 1745 Charles VII Albert, German emperor (1742-45), dies at 47
  • 1751 John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (b. 1665)
  • 1770 Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1722)
  • 1779 Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, plant author and physician, dies at 71
  • 1779 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), dies at 61
  • 1789 Johann Christoph Oley, composer, dies at 50
  • 1798 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master, dies at 66
  • 1810 Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (b. 1722)
  • 1813 C M Wieland, writer, dies at 79
  • 1819 Carlos IV, King of Spain (1788-1808), dies at 70
  • 1830 Michal Bogdanowicz, composer, dies at 50
  • 1837 John Soane, English architect (Book of Designs), dies at 84
  • 1838 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer, dies at 64
  • 1848 Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
  • 1850 Adam Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (b. 1779)
  • 1857 Edward Francis Fitzwilliam, composer, dies at 32
  • 1859 B v Arnim, writer, dies at 73
  • 1859 Bettina Brentano, composer, dies at 73
  • 1862 Felix Zollicoffer, Gen killed after mistakenly riding into Union lines
  • 1873 The Venerable Father Basil Anthony Marie Moreau, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (b. 1799)
  • 1875 Jean-François Millet, French painter (b. 1814)
  • 1882 John Linnell, British painter/minaturist/engraver, dies
  • 1890 Franz Paul Lachner, composer, dies at 86
  • 1891 David Kalakahua, emperor of Hawaii, dies
  • 1896 Heinrich M von Battenberg, German son-in-law of Victoria, dies at 37
  • 1900 John Ruskin, English writer (Dearest Mama Talbot), dies of flu at 81
  • 1900 Richard D Blackmore, English novelist (Lorna Doone), dies at 74
  • 1901 Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (b. 1826)
  • 1905 Stanislaw Pilinski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1914 Emil Liebling, composer, dies at 62
  • 1914 Henry Southwick Perkins, composer, dies at 80
  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (b. 1876)

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1936 George V, King of Britain (1910-36), dies at 70

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  • 1940 Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)
  • 1943 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer, dies at 57
  • 1944 James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (b. 1860)
  • 1947 Josh Gibson, Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35
  • 1949 Josephus T J Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
  • 1952 Arthur Farwell, composer, dies at 74
  • 1954 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • 1954 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
  • 1957 James Connolly, 1st Oly winner (1896) since Barasdates (369 CE), dies
  • 1959 Carl Switzer, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang), shot to death at 31
  • 1960 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72
  • 1962 Robinson Jeffers, poet/playwright (Dear Judas), dies at 75
  • 1964 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, dies at 47
  • 1965 Alan Freed, DJ (Big Beat), dies at 42
  • 1971 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • 1973 Amilcar L Cabral, fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered 51
  • 1973 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)
  • 1974 Edmund Blunden, British poet/critic, dies at 77
  • 1975 Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • 1979 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  • 1982 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • 1983 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (b. 1933)
  • 1984 Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • 1985 Jo Juda, Dutch musician, dies at 75
  • 1987 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • 1988 Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86
  • 1988 Dora Stratou, Greek choreographer and folklorist (b. 1903)
  • 1989 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • 1989 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • 1990 Barbara Stanwyck, [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82
  • 1990 Miloslav Istvan, composer, dies at 61
  • 1990 Naruhito Higashi-Kuni, Japanese PM (1945), dies
  • 1990 Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  • 1991 Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
  • 1991 Louis Seigner, actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87
  • 1992 Muhammad Abd al-Khaliq Hassuna, sec-gen of Arab League (1952-72), dies

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1993 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Roman Holiday), dies of colon cancer at 63

  • 1993 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], US director/actor (Rainmaker), dies at 80
  • 1993 Mercer McCleod, entertainer, dies of heart failure at 86
  • 1994 Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, Kenyan vice-pres (1963-66), dies at about 81
  • 1994 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United), dies at 84
  • 1995 Mehdi Bazargan, director Iranian oil corp/premier (1979), dies at 86
  • 1995 Robert Shaw, town Planner, dies at 81
  • 1996 Buster Benton, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 63
  • 1996 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick, dies at 61
  • 1996 Ellis Hillman, politician, dies at 68
  • 1996 Gerald Joseph Mulligan, baritone saxophonist/composer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, dies at 83
  • 1996 Peter Stadlen, pianist/critic, dies at 85
  • 1996 Sidney Korshak, lawyer, dies at 87
  • 1997 Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 1997 Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100
  • 1997 Vladimir Yamnikov, owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56
  • 1998 Zevulun Hammer, Vice PM of Israel, dies
  • 1998 Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • 2003 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), dies at 99
  • 2003 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2003 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • 2004 Guinn Smith, American athlete (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Per Borten, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Polish journalist, writer, and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)
  • 2008 Ali Sadikin, former Jakarta famous governor (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
  • 2009 Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
  • 2009 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • 2012 John F Baker Jnr, United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honour recipient dies at 66
  • 2012 Etta James [Jamesetta Hawkins], American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • 2013 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • 2013 Bob Engemann, American singer, (The Lettermen), dies at 77
  • 2015 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • 2016 George Weidenfeld, British Publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), dies at 96