Famous Deaths on July 20

  • 833 Ansegis/Ansegius, French abbot of Fontenelle/author, dies at about 63
  • 985 Antipope Boniface VII (974, 984–985)
  • 1031 Robert II de Vrome, King of France (996-1031), dies
  • 1156 Emperor Toba of Japan (b. 1103)
  • 1160 Peter Lombard, French theologian
  • 1201 Agnes of France, queen of France, dies [or 7/18]
  • 1320 King Oshin of Armenia (b. 1282)
  • 1322 Frederik II van Sierck, bishop of Utrecht (1317-22), dies
  • 1351 Margaretha Ebner, German visionary (b. 1291)
  • 1387 Robert IV of Artois, Count of Eu (poisoned) (b. 1356)
  • 1398 Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, heir to the throne of England (b. 1374)
  • 1453 Enguerrand de Monstrelet, French chronicler
  • 1454 Johan II, King of Castile, dies at 49
  • 1524 Claude of France, Duchess of Brittany and wife of Francis I of France, dies at 24
  • 1573 Lancelot of Brederode, water beggar, beheaded
  • 1597 Franciscus Raphelengius [French of Ravelingen], Neth publisher, dies
  • 1607 Paulus Merula, Dutch lawyer/historian (Historia Belgica), dies at 48
  • 1609 Federico Zuccari, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at about 69
  • 1616 Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone, Irish soldier
  • 1636 John Oldham, trader in Mass, murdered by indians
  • 1704 Peregrine White, first English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1620)
  • 1732 Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, composer, dies at 51
  • 1752 John C Pepusch, English composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at about 85
  • 1762 Christoph Nichelsmann, German klavecinist/composer, dies
  • 1766 Isabelle Farnese, queen of Spain, dies
  • 1808 Francois-Hippolyte Barthelemon, composer, dies at 66
  • 1816 Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • 1819 John Playfair, Scottish geologist/mathematician, dies
  • 1824 Joan M Kemper, lawyer (layed-out Civil Code), dies
  • 1825 Joseph-Denis Doche, composer, dies at 58
  • 1859 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Fantasy), dies
  • 1866 Faa di Bruno, Italian captain (Er d'italia, Lissa), commits suicide
  • 1866 G F Berhard Riemann, German mathematician (zeta-function), dies
  • 1868 Antoine Prumier, composer, dies at 75
  • 1868 Jan Bedrich Kittl, composer, dies at 62
  • 1881 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, English 1st baron of Hesketh, dies
  • 1888 Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter, dies
  • 1893 Tom Kelly, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1977-79, 64 runs), dies
  • 1897 Jean Ingelow, English poet (b. 1820)
  • 1898 Yuri Karlovich Arnold, Russian composer, dies at 86
  • 1901 William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (b. 1840)
  • 1903 Leo XIII, [Vincenzo G Pecci], Pope (1878-1903), dies at 93
  • 1908 Federico Chueca, composer, dies at 62
  • 1908 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)
  • 1914 Leo van Gheluwe, composer, dies at 76
  • 1922 Andrey Markov, Russian mathematician (b. 1856)
  • 1923 Pancho Villa, [Doroteo Arango], Mexican rebel, murdered at 55
  • 1926 Felix Dzerzhinsky [Iron Felix, Bloody Felix], Soviet statesman, established and developed Soviet secret police (Cheka, forerunner to the KGB), dies at 48
  • 1927 Ferdinand I VAM, King of Romania, dies at 61
  • 1928 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet (b. 1896)
  • 1932 René Bazin, French novelist (b. 1853)
  • 1936 Arthur Battelle Whiting, composer, dies at 75
  • 1936 Jose Sanjurjo y Sacanell, Spanish general/high director, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937 Guglielmo Marconi, Italian engineer/marquis (radio, Nobel 1909), dies of a heart attack at 63

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1939 Joseph Mendes da Costa, sculptor, dies
  • 1940 Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • 1941 Lew Fields, American vaudeville performer (b. 1867)
  • 1942 Patric Cobb, British sea officer, dies in battle
  • 1944 Arthur J Treadwell, English mayor of Stoke Newington, dies at about 71
  • 1944 Brandt, col/German staff chief, dies in bombing
  • 1944 Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, count/German antifascist colonel, dies
  • 1944 Friedrich Olbricht, German general (July 20th plotter), executed
  • 1944 Heinz Burns, German (Olympic-gold-1936), dies in bombing
  • 1944 Korten, chef gen of Germany Luftwaffe, dies in bomb explosion
  • 1944 Ludwig Beck, gen/chief Germany general staff (July 20th plot), dies
  • 1944 Mertz, German colonel (July 20th plotter), executed
  • 1944 Rudolf Schmundt, gen/Hitler's Army adjunct, dies from wounds
  • 1944 Werner von Haeffen, German lieutenant (July 20th plotter), executed
  • 1944 Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • 1945 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies
  • 1945 Paul Valéry, French author and poet (b. 1871)
  • 1951 Abdullah Ibn Hussein, Jordan's King (1946-51), killed in Jerusalem
  • 1951 Mustafa Shuqri Ashu, tailor/murderer of king Abdullah, shot to death
  • 1951 Friedrich Wilhelm Hohenzollern, Crown Prince of Germany (b. 1882)
  • 1953 Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  • 1953 Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • 1954 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), dies at 52
  • 1956 Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • 1956 James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (b. 1868)
  • 1957 Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
  • 1958 Franklin Pangborn, dies at 69
  • 1959 Harry Fox II, dies at 77
  • 1962 Andre Renard, Belgium worker's union leader (MSU), dies at 51
  • 1962 George MacAulay Trevelyan, English royal historian, dies at 86
  • 1966 Julien Carette, dies of burns at 68
  • 1968 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • 1969 Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • 1970 Iain Macleod, Conservative Party Politician and Chancellor of Exchequer at time of his death (b. 1913)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1973 Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • 1973 Robert Smithson, American land artist (b. 1938)
  • 1974 Allen Jenkins, actor (Fugitive from a Chain Gang), dies at 74
  • 1976 Tom Lowry, cricketer (early New Zealand Test captain), dies
  • 1977 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • 1977 Gary Kellgren, American music producer (b. 1939)
  • 1982 Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  • 1983 Frank Reynolds, news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies at 59
  • 1984 Gail Kubik, US composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), dies at 69
  • 1984 Jim [James] Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • 1986 Helen Craig, actress (Rich Man Poor Man), dies at 74
  • 1987 Richard Egan, actor (Big Cube, Amsterdam Kill), dies at 63
  • 1989 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • 1989 Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • 1990 Sara Heyblom, Dutch actress (Obsessions, Pygmalion), dies
  • 1990 Herbert Jenkins, Atlanta's longest serving police chief (b. 1907)
  • 1991 Henri Marius Rellys, dies at 86
  • 1993 Donald Alexander, System director/producer (East Valley), dies at 79
  • 1993 Vince Foster, American lawyer and Deputy White House Counsel commits suicide aged 48
  • 1994 Paul Delvaux, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 96
  • 1994 Reginald Hall, endocrinologist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Helmut Erich Robert Gernsheim, photographer/collector, dies at 82
  • 1995 Natalia Dmitrevna Shpiller, singer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Colin Campbell Mitchell, soldier, dies at 70
  • 1996 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77
  • 1997 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • 1998 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (b. 1941)
  • 2001 Carlo Giuliani, Italian anarchist (b. 1978)
  • 2003 Nicolas Freeling, English writer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Adi Lady Lala Mara, Fiji chieftainess, wife of Kamisese Mara (b. 1931)
  • 2005 James Doohan, Canadian-born actor (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian politician (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Gérard Oury, French filmmaker (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Tammy Faye Messner (Bakker), American televangelist (b. 1942)
  • 2008 Artie Traum, American guitarist (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • 2012 Simon Ward, English actor, dies at 70
  • 2015 Elio Fiorucci, Italian fashion designer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Wayne Carson, American country musician and songwriter (Always On My Mind), dies at 73