Famous Deaths on June 20

  • 451 Theodorid, King of the Visigoths
  • 537 Saint Silverius, and Pope till deposed in March 537, starves to death in exile
  • 840 Louis de Vrome, emperor of French rich, dies
  • 885 Bernard Plantapilosa, Count of Auvergne (b. 841)
  • 1585 Christianus Adrichomius, writer (Theatrum Terrae Sanctae), dies at 52
  • 1597 Willem Barentsz/Barents, Dutch navigator. Barents Sea named after him
  • 1649 Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher, author, dies
  • 1668 Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (b. 1620)
  • 1751 Adriaen Valckenier, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1737-41), dies at 56
  • 1776 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (b. 1704)
  • 1787 Carl Friedrich Abel, German/British viola player/composer, dies at 63
  • 1800 Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, German mathematician (b. 1719)
  • 1820 Manuel Belgrano, Argentine lawyer and politician (b. 1770)
  • 1833 Philip Knapton, composer, dies at 44
  • 1837 Giovanni Furno, composer, dies at 89
  • 1837 William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1765)
  • 1842 Michael Umlauf, composer, dies at 60
  • 1846 Pieter Adams, architect of Rotterdam, dies at about 67
  • 1869 Toshizou Hijikata, Shinsengumi vice-commander (b. 1835)
  • 1870 Jules de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Edmond de Goncourt, dies at 39
  • 1883 Olivier Gloux, [Gustave Aimard], French world explorer, dies at 64
  • 1888 Cesare Dominiceti, composer, dies at 66
  • 1888 Johannes H Zukertort, German chess player, dies at 45
  • 1890 Theodore Edouard Dufaure de Lajarte, composer, dies at 63
  • 1906 John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (b. 1840)
  • 1915 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG), dies
  • 1917 James Mason Crafts, US chemist, dies at 78
  • 1920 Dmitry Ivanovsky, Russian Botanist who discovered the organisms that came to be known as viruses, dies at 55
  • 1922 Vittorio Monti, composer, dies at 54
  • 1923 Joseph Leopold Rockel, composer, dies at 85
  • 1925 Wilhelm Posse, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (b. 1842)
  • 1933 Clara Zetkin, German feminist/communist, dies
  • 1940 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1941 [Stephanie] Hélène Swarth, Dutch poet ("Lonely flowers"), dies at 81
  • 1945 Bruno Frank, German-born American writer, dies at 58

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1947 Bugsy Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, shot dead in Beverly Hills at 41

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Bugsy Siegel
  • 1948 George Frederick Boyle, composer, dies at 61
  • 1950 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • 1952 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
  • 1953 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • 1958 Kurt Alder, German chemist (Nobel 1950), dies
  • 1959 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • 1960 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Peg O'My Heart, High School Girl), dies at 80 (b. 1880)
  • 1960 Walter Dehmel, German writer, dies at 57
  • 1963 Gordon Jones, actor (Mike the Cop-Abbott & Costello), dies at 52
  • 1963 Joseph Self, murderer, executed; last Wash state execution in 25 yrs
  • 1963 Ralph Sanford, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
  • 1963 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician (b. 1898)
  • 1964 Edgar Barrier, actor (Cobra Woman, Rocky, Macbeth), dies at 57
  • 1965 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41

  • 1972 Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • 1972 Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • 1975 Daniel Ayala Perez, composer, dies at 68
  • 1976 Lou Klein, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 1977 Abner Biberman, actor (Imhook-Kodiak), dies at 68
  • 1978 Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • 1980 Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer, dies at 68
  • 1984 Estelle Winwood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
  • 1984 Sunny Johnson, actress (Animal House), dies cerebral hemorrhage at 30
  • 1984 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
  • 1986 Tim Herbert, comedian (Dagmar's Canteen), dies at 71
  • 1990 Ina Balin, actress (Patsy), dies at 52, of pulmonary hypertension
  • 1994 Bram Koopmans, cyclist/coach, dies at 78
  • 1994 Charlotte Auerbach, British German-born geneticist and zoologist, dies at 94
  • 1994 Emmanuel Timothy, Sierra Leonean journalist, dies at 70
  • 1994 Louis Benjamin, British showman, dies at 71
  • 1995 Al Hansen, American artist (Fluxus), found dead at 67
  • 1995 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician, dies at 84
  • 1995 Emil Mihai Cioran, writer/aphorist, dies at 84
  • 1995 Henry Iliffe Cozens, pilot, dies at 91
  • 1996 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material Issue), commits suicide at 32
  • 1996 Hellevi Rombin Schine, Miss Universe (1955), dies in plane crash at 64
  • 1996 Irving Krick, meteorologist, dies at 89
  • 1996 Joseph Green, filmmaker, dies at 96
  • 1996 Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Walter Guevara Arze, provisional president of Bolivia (1979), dies
  • 1997 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • 1998 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
  • 1999 Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)
  • 2000 Karl Mickel, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2002 Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • 2002 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Bob Stump, American politician (b. 1927)

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2005 Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer and Nobel laureate (handheld calculator, integrated circuit), dies at 81

Engineer Jack Kilby
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Jack Kilby
  • 2005 Larry Collins, American writer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Billy Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & The Gang), dies at 57
  • 2007 Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)
  • 2010 Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (b. 1916)
  • 2011 Ryan Dunn, American actor (b. 1977)
  • 2012 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
  • 2015 Nazar Singh, British great-grandfather, believed to be Europe's oldest man, dies at 111
  • 2016 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • 2017 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42