Deaths in History on March 20

  • 687 St. Cuthbert, patron saint of Northumbria (b. c. 634).
  • 842 Alfonso II the Chaste, king of Asturia (791-842), dies
  • 1191 Clement III, [Paolo Scolari], Pope (1187-91, 3rd crusades), dies
  • 1239 Hermann von Salza, Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights (c. 1179)
  • 1351 Mohammed ibn-Tughluq, sultan of Delhi India, dies
  • 1393 Johannes Nepomucenus, [Jan Nepomucky], Czech saint, killed
  • 1413 King Henry IV of England (1399-1413) dies at 45
  • 1501 Jean Carondelet, lawyer/chancellor of Burgundy (1480-96), dies at 72
  • 1531 Sicke Freerks/Frericx, [Cutter], Dutch anabaptist, beheaded
  • 1549 Thomas Seymour of Sudely, English Lord Admiral, beheaded

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1568 Albert of Prussia, 1st Duke of Prussia, dies at 77

Duke of Prussia Albert of Prussia
Duke of Prussia
Albert of Prussia
  • 1586 Richard Maitland, Scottish statesman and historian (b. 1496)
  • 1617 Franciscus Aguilon, physicist/theologist/mathematician, dies at 50
  • 1619 Matthias II, Holy Roman Catholic emperor (1611-19), dies
  • 1646 Matthew Vossius, historian (Annales Holland Zelandiaeque), dies at 35
  • 1673 Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior (b. 1603)
  • 1703 Johann Kunckel/Kunkel, German alchemist/ambassador to Sweden, dies
  • 1732 Johann Ernst Hanxleden, German philologist (b. 1681)
  • 1746 Nicolas de Largillière, French painter (b. 1656)
  • 1751 Frederick Louis, English prince of Wales and son of George II, dies at 44
  • 1767 Firmin Abauzit, French huguenot/scholar, dies at 87
  • 1780 Sir Benjamin Truman - English brewer (b. 1699/1700)
  • 1793 William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, Scottish judge and politician (b. 1705)
  • 1835 Louis-Leopold Robert, French painter (b. 1794)
  • 1848 Abraham des Amorie van der Hoeven, Dutch theologist/poet, dies at 27
  • 1855 Joseph Aspdin, English mason and inventor (b. 1788)
  • 1865 Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai (b. 1833)
  • 1875 John Mitchel, Irish nationalist (Jail Journal), dies at 59
  • 1878 Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (b. 1814)
  • 1890 Alexander F. Mozhaiski, aviation pioneer (b. 1825)
  • 1894 Lajos Kossuth, Hungarian freedom fighter/president (1849), dies at 91
  • 1897 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet (b. 1821)
  • 1899 Martha M Place, American murderer who becomes 1st woman to be executed in an electric chair, dies at 49
  • 1899 Franz Ritter von Hauer, Austrian geologist (b. 1822)
  • 1910 Félix Tournachon, [Nadar], French writer/photographer, dies at 89
  • 1913 Song Jiao-ren, leader Chinese Guomindang-Party, dies
  • 1916 Ota Benga, Congolese pygmy (b. 1884)
  • 1918 Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War General (b. 1828)
  • 1920 Venustiano Carranza, president Mexico (1915-20), murdered at 60
  • 1925 George N Curzon, British Foreign minister (1919-22), dies at 66
  • 1929 Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France (WWI), dies at 77
  • 1931 Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)
  • 1932 Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov, Russian Biologist (artificial insemination of animals) dies at 61
  • 1933 Giuseppe [Joe] Zangara, electrocuted for assassination attempt on FDR
  • 1934 A Emma W T von Waldeck-Pyrmont, Dutch queen (& regent), dies at 76
  • 1940 Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • 1941 D A van den Bosch, anti-nazi clergyman (Amersfoort Camp), dies
  • 1950 Walter Eucken, German economist, dies at 59
  • 1953 Graciliano Ramos, Brazilian author (Vidas Secas), dies at 60
  • 1962 C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite), dies at 45

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1962 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) dies at 94

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass

  • 1963 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, dies at 73

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1964 Brendan Behan, Irish writer/poet, dies at 41

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1967 A J F Moody, 1st US Army General to die in Vietnam
  • 1968 Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • 1969 Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
  • 1972 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • 1972 Jan Engelman, Dutch poet/art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
  • 1974 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, dies at 83
  • 1979 Mino Pecorelli, Italian journalist, shot dead in Rome at 50
  • 1982 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral, dies at 52
  • 1983 Ivan Matveyevich Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • 1990 Jannetje Visser-Roosendaal, Dutch writer, dies at 90
  • 1991 Conor Clapton, Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 5
  • 1993 Claudia Yeltsin, mother of Russian president Yeltsin, dies at 85
  • 1993 Jonathan Ball, English youngster, killed by IRA at 3
  • 1995 Rachida Hammadi, Algerian TV journalist, murdered at 32
  • 1995 Sidney Kingsley, US playwright (Pulitzer prize 1934), dies at 88
  • 1996 Claude Bourdet, human rights activist/journalist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist, dies at 71
  • 1997 Carlo Fassi, figure skating coach (Fleming, Hamill), dies at 67
  • 1997 Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • 1999 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • 2004 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician, dies at 86
  • 2007 Gilbert E. Patterson, presiding bishop of COGIC (b. 1939)
  • 2007 Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2007 Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Jim Stynes, Irish Australian rules footballer, dies from cancer at 45
  • 2013 James Herbert, British horror writer, dies at 69

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2015 Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal, 1975-83), dies at 84

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 2015 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • 2016 Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3, 75-82), dies at 93
  • 2017 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101
  • 2017 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), dies at 87