Deaths in History on December 20

  • 217 Pope Zephyrinus, Bishop of Rome (199-217)
  • 860 King Ethelbald of Wessex
  • 910 Alfonso III the Great, King of Leon, Galicia and Asturias, dies
  • 1022 Elvira Mendes, wife of Alfonso V of Castile (b. 996)
  • 1073 Domingo, Spanish monastery founder/abbot/saint, dies
  • 1355 Stefanus IX Uros IV Dusan, king (1331-46)/Serbia (1346-55), dies
  • 1494 Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet
  • 1524 Thomas Linacre, English scholar and physician
  • 1590 Ambroise Paré, French physician (b. 1510)
  • 1632 Nicolas Antoine, French cath pastor who converted to Judaism, executed
  • 1676 John Galle, Flemish engraver/printer, dies at 76
  • 1679 Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies at 75
  • 1722 Kangxi Emperor of China (b. 1654)
  • 1723 Augustus Quirinus Rivinus (b. 1652)
  • 1740 Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, English military officer and statesman (b. 1675)
  • 1749 Pakubuwono II, susuhunan of Mataram Java, dies
  • 1768 Carlo Innocenzio Maria Frugoni, Italian poet (b. 1692)
  • 1798 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector, dies at 72

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1812 Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for Lewis & Clark, dies

Interpreter and Guide Sacagawea
Interpreter and Guide
Sacagawea
  • 1815 Giovanni Meli, Sicilian poet (Buccolica), dies at 75
  • 1856 Francesco Bentivegna, Italian revolutionary (b. 1820)
  • 1862 Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist
  • 1875 Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/writer (Povesti), dies at 75
  • 1876 Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US
  • 1921 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (b. 1850)
  • 1929 Emile Loubet, French premier (1892)/president (1899-1906), dies at 90
  • 1935 Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (b. 1882)
  • 1936 Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid
  • 1937 Erich Ludendorff, German general (WW I), dies at 72
  • 1938 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader (b. 1850)
  • 1939 Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide
  • 1941 Igor Severyanin, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • 1944 Abbas Hilmi II, viceroy of Egypt (1892-1914), dies at 70
  • 1953 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • 1954 James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54
  • 1956 Ramon Carrillo, Argentine neuroscientist and Public Health minister (b. 1906)

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1961 Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • 1961 Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880)
  • 1965 Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist, dies at 73

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1968 John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66

  • 1971 Roy O Disney, brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
  • 1973 Luis Carrero Blanco, PM of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
  • 1976 Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74
  • 1988 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer (b. 1908)
  • 1991 Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies
  • 1991 Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies
  • 1991 Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88
  • 1991 Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54
  • 1991 Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904)
  • 1993 W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93
  • 1994 Dean Rusk, US Sect of State (1961-69), dies at 85
  • 1994 J C "Jody" Bateman, fiddler, dies at 75
  • 1995 John Henry Jacques, co-operative retailer, dies at 90
  • 1996 Amata Kabua, President of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies
  • 1996 Carl Sagan, scientist (Contact), dies at 62
  • 1996 Roger Peacock, English writer (Thursday is missing, dies at 76
  • 1997 Denise Levertov, poet, dies at 74
  • 1997 Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81
  • 1998 Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)
  • 2001 Léopold Sédar Senghor, first President of Senegal (b. 1906)
  • 2005 Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
  • 2006 Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer
  • 2007 Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990)
  • 2009 Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Brian Hanrahan, British journalist (b. 1949)
  • 2010 James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (b. 1920)