On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1920

  • Jan 1 Paul Adam, French writer (L'enfant d'Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • Jan 3 Zygmunt Janiszewski, Polish mathematician, dies at 31
  • Jan 4 Benito Pérez Galdós, Spanish novelist (Episodios Nacionales), dies at 76
  • Jan 7 Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia (1901-03), dies at 70
  • Jan 14 John Francis Dodge, American automobile pioneer (Co-Founder of Dodge Brothers Company), dies at 55
  • Jan 16 Reginald De Koven, American composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 20 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • Jan 25 Amedeo Modigliani, Italian painter and sculptor (Reclining Nude), dies at 35
  • Jan 26 Matthias Enzberger, German minister of finance, murdered
  • Feb 7 Alexander Koltsjak, adm/leader Russian counter-revolutionary, executed
  • Feb 7 Aleksandr Vasilevich Kolchak, Russian military commander, dies at 45
  • Feb 8 Richard Dehmel, German poet and writer, dies at 56
  • Feb 12 Émile Sauret, French violinist and composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Jean Allemane, French socialist/communard (allemanisten), dies at 77
  • Feb 12 Ottalee Baker, Frank "Home Run" Baker's wife, dies at 31

Person of interestRobert Peary

Feb 20 Robert Peary, American arctic explorer who claimed to have 1st reached geographic North Pole (Apr 6 1909), dies at 63

Arctic Explorer Robert Peary
Arctic Explorer
Robert Peary

  • Feb 21 Jacinta Marto, witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 25 Prince Louis of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein nobleman and politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 26 Ludwig Rubiner, German poet and essayist, dies at 38
  • Feb 27 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romanian historian, dies at 72
  • Mar 1 Joseph Trumpeldor, Zionist activist, killed defending Tel-Mai against arab attack
  • Mar 1 John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator from Alabama, dies at 77
  • Mar 3 Theodor Philipsen, Danish painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 8 Rafael Obligado, Argentine writer (Santos Vega), dies at 69
  • Mar 8 Wilhelm Bousset, German theologist and historian, dies at 54
  • Mar 11 Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (b. 1865)
  • Mar 20 Venustiano Carranza, president Mexico (1915-20), murdered at 60
  • Mar 21 Federigo Tozzi, Italian writer/journalist (Torre, Tre Croci), dies at 37
  • Mar 26 William Chester Minor, American surgeon and contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (b. 1834)
  • Mar 27 Johan G Danser, Dutch poet (Meetings), dies at 26
  • Apr 3 Homer Newton Bartlett, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • Apr 8 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), dies of influenza at 35
  • Apr 10 Moritz B. Cantor, German historian of mathematics, dies at 90
  • Apr 10 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Mod Kvaeld), dies at 53

  • Apr 16 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), dies of illness at 32
  • Apr 29 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)
  • May 10 John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, dies at 82
  • May 11 William Dean Howells, American author (A Woman's Reason), dies at 83
  • May 16 Levi P. Morton, United States Vice President under Benjamin Harrision (b. 1824)
  • May 17 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies at 42
  • May 21 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican President (1917-1920), executed by army generals after his decision that the next President be a civilian (61)
  • May 23 Svetozar Boroević, Austro-Hungarian field marshal, dies at 63
  • Jun 5 Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
  • Jun 13 Essad Pasja, Albanian military man/minister, murdered at the Versailles Peace Conference
  • Jun 14 Max Weber, German sociologist, economist and historian (Ancient Judaism), dies at 56
  • Jun 15 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, dies at 55
  • Jun 20 Dmitry Ivanovsky, Russian Botanist who discovered the organisms that came to be known as viruses, dies at 55
  • Jun 27 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist (O Canada), dies at 81
  • Jun 30 Lena Christ, German writer (The Rumplhanni), commits suicide at 38
  • Jul 2 William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer, dies at 74
  • Jul 3 William Crawford Gorgas, American physician and 22nd Surgeon-General of the U.S. Army (help cure yellow fever), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies
  • Jul 5 Max Klinger, German graphic artist/painter/sculptor, dies at 63
  • Jul 10 Eugénie de Montijo, Emperor of France (1853-71), dies at 94
  • Jul 10 John A "Jacky" Kilverston, adm/designer (dreadnought), dies at 79
  • Jul 10 Jackie Fisher, British admiral (b. 1841)
  • Jul 22 William Kissam Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1849)
  • Jul 23 Conrad Kohrs, German-born rancher (b. 1835)
  • Jul 26 Carlos Troyer, American composer, dies at 83
  • Aug 1 Bal Gangadhar Tilak, early Indian nationalist leader, dies at 64
  • Aug 2 Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (The Great Air Robbery), dies at 28
  • Aug 4 Vladimir Rebikov, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 6 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator, first flight in independent Poland (b. 1890)
  • Aug 10 Ádám Politzer, Hungarian-Austrian physician, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Sir Norman Lockyer, English physicist, co-founder of helium gas, founder and editor of "Nature" magazinem dies at 84
  • Aug 17 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • Aug 22 Anders Zorn, Swedish painter (Gustavus Vasa), dies at 60
  • Aug 31 Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist, psychologist and philosopher, dies at 88
  • Sep 5 Robert Harron, American actor (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), accidentally shot to death at 27
  • Sep 7 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), dies at 64
  • Sep 15 Raimundo Madrazo y Garreta, Spanish Realistic painter, dies at 79
  • Sep 16 Daniel Andersson, Swedish poet/writer (Polar History), dies at 32
  • Sep 24 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweler (famous for Fabergé eggs), dies at 74
  • Sep 25 William F Sudds, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 2 Max Bruch, German composer (Kol Nidre), dies at 82
  • Oct 2 Winthrop M. Crane, American politician, 40th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • Oct 13 Isaac Capadose, clergyman in the Catholic Apostolic Church, dies at 86
  • Oct 15 Hendrik Peter Staal, Dutch reformed officer and politician, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), dies at 56
  • Oct 25 Alexander, King of Greece (1917-20), dies after ape bite at 27
  • Oct 29 Johann Ernst Perabo, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins, dies at 65
  • Nov 2 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburgs coal basin), dies at 73
  • Nov 8 Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901-05), dies at 83
  • Nov 8 Salomon Anski, Russian/Polish yiddish author (Dibboek), dies at 57
  • Nov 21 Caryl Florio [William James Robjohn], English-American composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 21 William James Robjohn, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 22 Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (b. 1884)
  • Nov 23 Mohammed ibn Addoellah, Somalian resistances leader "Mad Molla", dies
  • Nov 25 Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • Nov 26 Howard Taylor, American tennis player (US National C'ships doubles 1879; singles 1884, 86, 87, 88 runner-up), dies at 55
  • Dec 6 Karel Kovařovic, Czech composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 10 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (co-founder of Dodge Brothers Company), dies at 52
  • Dec 12 Olive Schreiner, South Afr writer (Healing Imagination), dies at 75
  • Dec 12 Paul Lacôme, French composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 14 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), dies of a streptococcal throat infection and pneumonia at 25
  • Dec 16 Ma Yuanzhang, Chinese Muslim rebel and Sufi master, crushed to death during the 1920 Haiyuan earthquake at an unknown age
  • Dec 21 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death
  • Dec 31 Albert Roelofs, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 43