Famous Deaths on August 20

  • 535 Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick
  • 984 John XIV, [Petrus Canepanova], Italian Pope (983-84), dies
  • 1153 Bernard[us] van Clairvaux, French saint, dies
  • 1384 Geert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life, dies at 43
  • 1538 Aefgen Listinck, Dutch anabaptist, burned at stake
  • 1572 Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador (b. 1502)
  • 1580 Jeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (b. 1506)
  • 1632 Valentin de Boulogne, French painter, buried at 38
  • 1639 Martin Opitz, German poet/historian (Troerinnen), dies at 41
  • 1643 Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher, killed in Native American uprising (b. 1591)
  • 1648 Edward Herbert of Cherbury, English military/philosopher, dies at 65
  • 1672 Cornelis de Witt, Dutch, statesman, lynched at 49
  • 1672 Johan de Witt, Dutch statesman and advisor of Holland, lynched at 46
  • 1679 Jacob Alting, Dutch theologist, dies at 60
  • 1680 William Bedloe, English fraudster and Popish Plot informer, dies at 30
  • 1701 Charles Sedley, English playwright (b. 1639)

  • 1707 Nicolas Gigault, French organist and composer (b. 1627)
  • 1773 Enrique Florez, Spanish historian, dies at 72
  • 1799 Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz, composer, dies at 37
  • 1804 Charles Floyd, only fatality of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • 1811 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer (b. 1729)
  • 1813 Jan Krtitel Vanhal, composer, dies at 74
  • 1823 Pius VII, [Luigi B Chiaramonti], Pope (1800-23), dies at 83
  • 1823 Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus, German encyclopedia publisher, dies at 51
  • 1825 Richard Wainwright, composer and church organist, dies at 68
  • 1825 William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, Governor of Newfoundland, dies at 72
  • 1856 Philipp Jakob Riotte, composer, dies at 80
  • 1864 Daniel Chaplin, US Union brigadier general, dies
  • 1864 John H Kelly, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 24
  • 1885 Edouard J. A. Agneessens, Flemish painter (Slave Market), dies at 42
  • 1887 Jules Laforgue, French poet (Les Complaintas), dies at 27
  • 1908 Louis Varney, composer, dies at 64
  • 1910 Arthur Coquard, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1912 William Booth, English preacher and founder of Salvation Army, dies at 83
  • 1914 Pius X, [Giuseppe M Sarto], Pope (1903-14), dies
  • 1915 Paul Ehrlich, German bacteriologist and physician (Chemotherapy, Nobel Prize 1908), dies in 61
  • 1917 JFW Adolf Ritter von Baeyer, German chemist (Nobel 1905), dies
  • 1919 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, dies at 49
  • 1930 Charles Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (1st centurion), dies at 79
  • 1931 Waldemar von Baussnern, composer, dies at 64

  • 1932 Emille-Louis-Victor Mathieu, composer, dies at 87
  • 1932 Paul Keller, German writer (Vergrabenes Gut), dies at 59
  • 1932 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer, dies at 60
  • 1935 Otakar Ostrcil, composer, dies at 56
  • 1945 Alexander Roda Roda, Austrian writer, dies at 73
  • 1947 Franz VM Cumont, Belgian religious historian, dies at 79
  • 1948 David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • 1952 Kurt Schumacher, German political chairman (SPD), dies at 56
  • 1959 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82
  • 1960 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • 1961 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Arctic explorer, dies at 82
  • 1963 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer, dies at 84
  • 1968 Earl Sande, American jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • 1970 Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1971 Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • 1974 Ilona Massey, actress (Love HAppy, Holiday in Mexico), dies at 62
  • 1976 Phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
  • 1978 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • 1980 Joe Dassin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • 1982 Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu, One Summer of Happiness), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • 1983 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • 1985 Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
  • 1986 Donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76
  • 1986 Thad Jones, jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • 1986 Walter Brooke, actor (DA Scanlon-Green Hornet), dies at 71
  • 1986 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • 1989 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya at 82
  • 1990 Marc Turfkruijer, Flemish movie journalist and writer, dies at 90
  • 1991 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 1991 Lenore Strunsky Gershwin, widow of Ira Gershwin, dies at 90
  • 1992 Ivan Nikolayevich Anikeyev, cosmonaut, dies at 59
  • 1992 William Taylor, chairman (FDIC), dies at 53
  • 1993 Bernard Delfgaauw, philosopher (Johnson murderer!), dies at 80
  • 1993 Sydney Arnold, British comic actor (The Meaning of Life, Top Secret!, Miss Jones & Son), dies at 93
  • 1994 Aleksander Petrovic, film Director, dies at 65
  • 1994 Kalman Kahana, Polish co-founder of state Israel, dies at 81
  • 1995 Hugo Pratt, graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 1995 John E Gilmore, tenor Saxophonist, dies at 63
  • 1995 Paul Foster, American singer (Soul Stirrers), dies at 75
  • 1995 Vladimir Skutina, writer playwright/journalist, dies at 64
  • 1995 Von McDaniel, baseball player, dies at 56
  • 1995 William Kennedy, baseball player, dies at 76
  • 1996 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 1996 Rio Reiser, German rock singer (Ton Steine Scherben), dies at 46
  • 1997 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • 1998 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (Seven Lonely Days), dies at 82
  • 2000 Henry Austin, British tennis player (3-time Grand Slam runner-up), dies of complications from a fall at 94
  • 2001 Sir Fred Hoyle, English astronomer and sci-fi writer (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), dies at 76
  • 2005 Thomas Herrion, American football player (b. 1981)
  • 2005 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish drummer (b. 1970)
  • 2006 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (Pulitzer Prize-Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima), dies at 94
  • 2006 Bryan Budd, British soldier (Afghanistan), dies at 29
  • 2006 Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Lord Deramore, British architect, dies at 95
  • 2007 Leona Helmsley, American real estate billionaire and convicted of federal income tax evasion, dies at 87
  • 2007 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, dies at 65

Person of interestHua Guofeng

2008 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), dies at 87

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • 2008 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • 2008 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73
  • 2009 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

2012 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 2012 Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, dies from liver cancer at 57
  • 2012 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), dies at 96
  • 2013 Marian McPartland, British jazz pianist (Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz), dies at 95
  • 2013 Elmore Leonard, American author (Glitz, Mr Majestyk, Touch, 52 Pick-Up), dies from complications from a stroke at 87
  • 2015 Egon Bahr, German journalist and politician (Ostpolitik policy), dies at 93
  • 2015 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop) dies at 66
  • 2016 Brian Rix [Lord Rix], British actor and activist (Mencap), dies at 92
  • 2016 Irving Fields, American composer and pianist (Miami Beach Rhumba), dies at 101

Person of interestJerry Lewis

2017 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 2017 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89