Famous Deaths on November 20

  • 869 King Edmund of East Anglia
  • 967 Aboe al-Faradj al-Isfahani, Arabic author (Book of Liederen), dies
  • 1348 Stefano Colonna, Roman senator, dies in battle against Roman revolutionaries by Porta Tiburtina
  • 1437 Thomas Langley, bishop of Durham, cardinal and lord chancellor (b. 1363)
  • 1480 Eleonora van Austrian, translator, dies
  • 1518 Pierre de la Rue/Peter van Straten, Flemish composer, dies
  • 1518 Marmaduke Constable, English soldier
  • 1527 Wendelmoet "Weyntjen" Claesdochter, 1st Dutch woman burned as heretic
  • 1529 Karl von Miltitz, papal nuncio
  • 1591 Christopher Hatton, English politician (b. 1540)
  • 1612 John Harington, English writer (b. 1561)
  • 1651 Mikołaj Potocki, Polish soldier (b. 1595)
  • 1662 Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1614)
  • 1669 Arnold Geulincx, South Neth philosopher (Cholera), dies at 45
  • 1675 Francisco de Moura y Cortereal, Span land guardian of Neth (1664-68)
  • 1678 Charles Dujardin, painter/etcher (Learned Dog), dies at about 56
  • 1704 Charles Plumier, French botanist (b. 1646)
  • 1713 Thomas Tompion, English clock maker (cylinder tunnel), dies at 74
  • 1737 Caroline of Ansbach, queen of Great-Britain, dies
  • 1741 Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat/clergyman, dies
  • 1750 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, theologist (Christian religion), dies at 50
  • 1758 Johan Helmich Roman, Finnish composer/violist, dies at 64
  • 1764 Christian Goldbach, German mathematician, dies
  • 1778 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit scientist (b. 1726)
  • 1827 Alexey Nikolayevich Titov, composer, dies at 58
  • 1851 Wenzel Sedlak, composer, dies at 75
  • 1856 Farkas/Wolfgang Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician, dies at 81
  • 1863 James Bruce, Count of Elgin & Kincardine, governor Jamaica, dies at 52
  • 1882 Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer, dies at 62
  • 1887 Louis Gallait, Belgian painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • 1894 Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer (Dmitri Donskoi), dies at 64
  • 1898 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies
  • 1899 Carl A E Ahlqvist, [A Oksanen], Finnish translator, dies at 63

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1903 Tom Horn, American gunfighter and outlaw, hanged to death at 42

Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter Tom Horn
Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter
Tom Horn
  • 1908 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (b. 1868)

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1910 Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich], Russian novelist (Anna Karenina, War & Peace), dies of pneumonia at 82

Novelist Leo Tolstoy
Novelist
Leo Tolstoy
  • 1925 Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain, dies at 80
  • 1927 Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammer, composer, dies at 56
  • 1934 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (b. 1872)

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1935 John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet, dies of pneumonia at 75

British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe
  • 1936 Jose A Primo de Rivera y Saenz de Heredia, Spanish Falange, executed at 33
  • 1938 Enzo Matsunaga, Japanese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1939 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer, dies at 72
  • 1944 Sekio Nishina, Japanese inventor (kaiten-suicide submarine), dies at 21
  • 1945 Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1877)
  • 1947 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, dies at 26
  • 1950 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer ( Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • 1951 Thomas Quinlan (impresario) (b. 1881)
  • 1952 Benedetto Croce, Italian philosopher (La Critica), dies at 86
  • 1957 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • 1957 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist (d. 1875)
  • 1960 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, dies at 79
  • 1962 Jasper McLevy, socialist mayor of Bridgeport Ct, dies
  • 1964 John Tasker Howard, composer, dies at 73
  • 1968 Cathy Lewis, actress (Deidre-Hazel), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1968 Helen Gardner, silent film actress (Sandra), dies
  • 1973 Allan Sherman, parodist (Camp Granada, Harvey & Sheila), dies at 48

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1975 Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1936-75), dies at 82

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • 1976 Trofim Lysenko, Stalinist biologist (b. 1898)
  • 1977 Maxie Wander, writer, dies
  • 1978 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • 1981 Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • 1983 Marcel Dalio, actor (Casablanca), dies at 83
  • 1983 Richard Loo, actor, (China Sky), dies of cardio-pulmonary arrest
  • 1984 Alexander Moyzes, composer, dies at 78
  • 1984 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), dies at 74
  • 1985 Bill Scott, cartoon voice (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies at 65
  • 1989 Lynn Bari, actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), dies at 71
  • 1991 Gina Petrushka, actress (Exorcist, Sybil), dies
  • 1992 John Foreman, producer (Prizzi's Honor), dies at 67 of heart attack
  • 1993 Christopher Frank, French writer, dies at 51
  • 1993 Emile Ardolino, director (Dirty Dancing), dies at 50 of AIDs
  • 1993 Heather Farr, golfer, dies of cancer at 28
  • 1994 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter, dies at 68
  • 1994 Ali-Akbar Sa'idi Sirjani, Iranian poet and journalist, dies at 64
  • 1995 Ahmed Abel-Wadoud Karadawi, academic/activist, dies at 50
  • 1995 Sergei Grinkov, figure skater (Oly-gold), dies of heart attack at 28
  • 1996 Bert Geoffrey Achong, electron microscopist, dies at 67
  • 1997 Gary Burris, murderer (Kenneth Chambers), executed in Indiana
  • 1997 Robert Palmer, rock critic, dies at 52
  • 1997 Dick Littlefield, baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 1998 Galina Starovoitova, Russian politician (b. 1946)
  • 1999 Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician and prime minister (b. 1908)
  • 2000 Mike Muuss, American computer programmer (b. 1958)
  • 2000 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish writer (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • 2003 Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  • 2003 David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)
  • 2003 Eugene Kleiner, American entrepreneur (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • 2003 Jim Siedow, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Kerem Yilmazer, Turkish actor (b. 1945)
  • 2004 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • 2004 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • 2005 Manouchehr Atashi, Iranian poet (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Sheldon Gardner, American psychologist (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1960)
  • 2005 James King, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Robert Altman, American film director (M*A*S*H, Gosford Park), dies at 81
  • 2006 Zoia Ceauşescu, Romanian mathematician and daughter of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 2006 Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Sven Inge, Swedish painter and modern artist (b. 1935)
  • 2009 Lino Lacedelli, Italian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author (b. 1915)
  • 2010 Rob Lytle, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2010 Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (b. 1958)
  • 2010 Danny McDevitt, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2010 Chalmers Johnson, American political scholar and author (b. 1931)
  • 2012 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete, dies at 98
  • 2013 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), dies at 85
  • 2015 Keith Michell, actor and theatre director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • 2015 Jim Perry, American and Canadian tv host ($ale of the Century), dies at 82
  • 2016 William Trevor, Irish-born writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88