Famous Deaths on September 20

  • 1168 Paschal III, [Guido di Crema], Italian anti-Pope, dies
  • 1246 Mikhail of Chernigov, ruler of Kiev
  • 1384 Louis, duke of Anjou/wife of Marie of Bretagne
  • 1460 Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
  • 1493 Philippe Pot, governor/viceroy of Burgundy, dies
  • 1586 Anthony Babington, page/conspirator to Mary Stuart, executed at 24
  • 1590 Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (b. 1534)
  • 1613 Willem H van Est (Estius), theologist, dies
  • 1624 Isaac Le Maire, Amsterdam ship owner, dies at about 66
  • 1625 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and critic (b. 1555)
  • 1627 Jan Gruter, Dutch critic (b. 1560)
  • 1630 Claudio Saracini, Italian composer (b. 1586)
  • 1639 John Meursius, [van Meurs], historian, dies at 60
  • 1643 Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and writer
  • 1647 Giovanni Del Turco, composer, dies at 70
  • 1648 Marco Ivan Lukacic, composer, dies at 61
  • 1679 Cornelis Evertsen the Young, vice-admiral of Zealand, dies at 51
  • 1703 Archibald Campbell, Scot milt man (blood bath of Glencoe), dies at 52
  • 1706 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, dies at 79
  • 1721 Thomas Doggett, Irish actor
  • 1731 Sicco van Goslinga, Fries diplomat/sect of High Council, dies at 67
  • 1773 Pieter de Swart, architect (Delfts Port Rotterdam), dies at 63
  • 1803 Robert Emmet, Irish nationalist, executed
  • 1806 Utamaro Kitagawa, painter, dies
  • 1810 Wouter J van Troostwijk, painter, dies at 28
  • 1823 Daniel Steibelt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1839 Jose Gaspar de Francia, dictator of Paraguay (1816-39), dies at 74
  • 1852 Philander Chase, American university founder (b. 1775)
  • 1863 Benjamin Hardin Helm, US attorney/Confederate brig-general, dies at 33

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1863 Jacob Grimm, German philologist, folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", dies at 78

Author Jacob Grimm
Author
Jacob Grimm
  • 1865 William H Revere Jr, US Union brig-general, dies
  • 1873 Lulu Strauss und Torney, German poetess/writer, dies
  • 1884 Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist (b.1802)
  • 1886 John Liptrot Hatton, composer, dies at 77
  • 1896 Gottfried Conradi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1897 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • 1898 Theodor Fontane, German author (Der Stechlin), dies at 78
  • 1906 Robert R. Hitt, American politician (b. 1834)
  • 1908 Pablo Martin Melitou de Sarasate y Navascuez, composer, dies at 64
  • 1908 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist/composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • 1917 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • 1927 George Nichols, actor (His Favorite Pastime, Star Boarder), dies at 62
  • 1931 Sam Morris, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1884), dies
  • 1932 Max Slevogt, German painter, dies at 63
  • 1932 Wovoka, Paiute visionary
  • 1933 Annie Besant, English theosophy (Esoteric Christianity), dies
  • 1939 Paul Bruch├ęsi, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • 1944 John Grayburn, English (Victoria Cross), dies in battle in Arnhem
  • 1945 William Buehler Seabrook, Writer, journalist, occultist and explorer (b. 1884)
  • 1945 Augusto Tasso Fragoso, Brazilian president (b. 1869)

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1945 Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician at Auschwitz, commits suicide at 36

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • 1946 Raimu, French actor (b. 1883)
  • 1947 Fiorello H La Guardia, (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies
  • 1949 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer, dies at 45
  • 1949 Richard Dix, actor (Tombstone, Ghost Ship, 13th Hour), dies at 56
  • 1957 Jean Julius Christian Sibelius, Fin composer (Finlandia), dies at 91
  • 1959 Olin Howlin, actor (Swifty-Circus Boy), dies at 63
  • 1960 Lee Duncan, owner/trainer (Rin Tin Tin), dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1960 Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Henri Mulet, French composer, dies at 88
  • 1968 Frank Pelleg, composer, dies at 57
  • 1971 James Westerfield, actor (Travels of Jaime McPheeters), dies at 59
  • 1971 William F Albright, US archaeologist, dies at 80
  • 1973 Ben[jamin F] Webster, US tenor saxophonist, dies
  • 1973 Glenn Strange, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1973 Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 1974 Carlyle Blackwell Jr, entertainer, dies at 61
  • 1974 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • 1975 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat/poet (Nobel 1960), dies at 78
  • 1976 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1979 Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general/politician, dies at 83
  • 1980 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • 1984 Steve Goodman, folk singer/guitarist, dies at 36
  • 1987 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • 1988 Roy Kinnear, actor (Casanova, Pirates, Scrooge, Help!), dies at 54
  • 1989 Richie Ginther, American racing driver (b. 1930)
  • 1990 Jackie Moran, actor (Janie, Barefoot Boy), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1992 K W Stackpole, cricketer (good Victorian batsman), dies
  • 1993 Leonard Parkin, British TV host (ITN), dies at 64
  • 1993 Loan Volkerijk, Dutch baseball coach (ADO), dies at 65
  • 1994 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994 Jule Styne, Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl), dies at 88
  • 1995 Monica Maurice, industrialist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Max Manus, resistance fighter, dies at 82
  • 1996 Murtaza Bhutto, politician, dies at 42
  • 1996 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Paul Erdos, mathematician, dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1996 Paul Weston, bandleader, dies at 84
  • 1997 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
  • 1999 Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)
  • 1999 Robert Lebel, Quebec ice hockey administrator (b. 1905)
  • 2000 Gherman Titov, cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • 2003 Lord Williams of Mostyn, British politician (b. 1941)
  • 2003 Gordon Mitchell, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwe politician (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (b. 1935)
  • 2005 Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian-Polish Nazi hunter (b. 1908)
  • 2005 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer dies at 83
  • 2006 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  • 2006 John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Kenny McKinley, American football player (b. 1987)
  • 2010 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • 2015 C. K. [Charles Kenneth] Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • 2015 Jack Larson, playwright and actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman), dies at 87
  • 2016 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), dies at 71