Famous Deaths on June 20

  • 451 Theodorid, King of the Visigoths
  • 840 Louis de Vrome, emperor of French rich, dies
  • 840 Louis I the Pious, Holy Roman Emperor ((814-840), dies at 62
  • 885 Bernard Plantapilosa, Count of Auvergne (b. 841)
  • 1585 Christianus Adrichomius, Dutch Catholic priest and writer (Vita Jesu Christi), dies at 52
  • 1597 Willem Barentsz/Barents, Dutch navigator. Barents Sea named after him
  • 1649 Maria Tesselschade Roemers Visscher, author, dies
  • 1668 Heinrich Roth, German Sanskrit scholar (b. 1620)
  • 1751 Adriaen Valckenier, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1737-41), dies at 56
  • 1776 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer, dies at 72
  • 1787 Carl Friedrich Abel, German/British viola player/composer, dies at 63
  • 1794 Félix Vicq-d'Azyr, French physician and anatomist (discover the theory of homology in biology), dies at 46
  • 1800 Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, German mathematician (b. 1719)
  • 1810 Axel von Fersen the Younger, Swedish Army officer, diplomat and statesman, dies at 54

Person of interestManuel Belgrano

1820 Manuel Belgrano, Argentine politician and military leader who took part in the Argentine Wars of Independence and created the Flag of Argentina, dies at 50

Argentine Politician and Military Leader Manuel Belgrano
Argentine Politician and Military Leader
Manuel Belgrano
  • 1833 Philip Knapton, composer, dies at 44
  • 1837 Giovanni Furno, composer, dies at 89
  • 1837 William IV, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1830-37), dies at 71
  • 1842 Michael Umlauf, composer, dies at 60
  • 1846 Pieter Adams, architect of Rotterdam, dies at about 67
  • 1869 Toshizou Hijikata, Shinsengumi vice-commander (b. 1835)
  • 1870 Jules de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Edmond de Goncourt, dies at 39
  • 1883 Gustave Aimard, French world explorer and writer (Grande Filbuste), dies at 64
  • 1888 Cesare Dominiceti, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1888 Johannes Zukertort, German chess player, dies at 45
  • 1890 Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, dies at 63
  • 1906 John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (b. 1840)
  • 1915 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG), dies
  • 1917 James Mason Crafts, American chemist (Friedel-Crafts alkylation synthesis), dies at 78
  • 1917 António Feijó, Portuguese poet and diplomat, dies at 58
  • 1920 Dmitry Ivanovsky, Russian Botanist who discovered the organisms that came to be known as viruses, dies at 55
  • 1922 Vittorio Monti, composer, dies at 54
  • 1923 Joseph Leopold Rockel, composer, dies at 85
  • 1925 Wilhelm Posse, composer, dies at 72
  • 1925 Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (b. 1842)
  • 1933 Clara Zetkin, German feminist, Socialist, and Communist leader, dies at 75
  • 1940 Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • 1941 [Stephanie] Hélène Swarth, Dutch poet ("Lonely flowers"), dies at 81
  • 1943 Fritz Schmidt, Nazi commissioner in Holland, commits suicide at 39
  • 1945 Bruno Frank, German-born American writer, dies at 58

Person of interestBugsy Siegel

1947 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, shot dead in Beverly Hills at 41

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • 1948 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
  • 1950 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • 1952 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
  • 1953 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • 1958 Kurt Alder, German chemist (Nobel 1950), dies at 55
  • 1959 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • 1960 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Peg O'My Heart, High School Girl), dies at 80 (b. 1880)
  • 1960 Walter Dehmel, German writer, dies at 57
  • 1963 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet, Flying Tigers, Abbott & Costello), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 1963 Joseph Self, murderer, executed; last Wash state execution in 25 yrs

  • 1963 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
  • 1963 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, dies at 64
  • 1964 Edgar Barrier, American actor (Phantom of the Opera, Macbeth, Rocky, Cornered), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1965 Ira Louvin, country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • 1966 Georges Lemaître, Belgian Catholic Priest, astronomer and physics professor, who initially proposed the universe expansion and big-bang theories, dies at 71
  • 1972 Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • 1972 Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • 1974 Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player, dies at 62
  • 1975 Daniel Ayala Perez, composer, dies at 68
  • 1976 Lou Klein, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 1977 Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), dies at 68
  • 1978 Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • 1980 Allan Pettersson, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1984 Estelle Winwood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
  • 1984 Sunny Johnson, American actress (Animal House), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 30
  • 1984 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
  • 1986 Tim Herbert, American comedian (Dagmar's Canteen), dies at 71
  • 1990 Ina Balin, actress (Patsy), dies at 52, of pulmonary hypertension
  • 1993 Hugh John Vaughan Campbell, 6th Earl Cawdor, British large landowner, dies at 60
  • 1994 Bram Koopmans, cyclist/coach, dies at 78
  • 1994 Bankole Timothy, Sierra Leonean journalist, dies at 70
  • 1994 Louis Benjamin, British showman, dies at 71
  • 1995 Al Hansen, American artist (Fluxus), found dead at 67
  • 1995 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician, dies at 84
  • 1995 Emil Mihai Cioran, writer/aphorist, dies at 84
  • 1995 Henry Iliffe Cozens, English Royal Air Force pilot, dies at 91
  • 1996 Jim Ellison, American musician (Material Issue), commits suicide at 32
  • 1996 Hellevi Rombin Schine, Miss Universe (1955), dies in plane crash at 64
  • 1996 Irving Krick, meteorologist, dies at 89
  • 1996 Joseph Green, Polish-American filmmaker, dies at 96
  • 1996 Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Walter Guevara Arze, provisional president of Bolivia (1979), dies
  • 1997 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • 1998 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard, committed suicide at 56
  • 1999 Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)
  • 2000 Karl Mickel, German writer, dies at 64
  • 2002 Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • 2002 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, dies at 76

Person of interestJack Kilby

2005 Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer and Nobel laureate (handheld calculator, integrated circuit), dies at 81

Engineer Jack Kilby
Engineer
Jack Kilby
  • 2005 Larry Collins, American writer, dies at 75
  • 2006 Billy Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 87
  • 2006 Claydes Charles Smith, American musician (Kool & The Gang), dies at 57
  • 2007 Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)
  • 2010 Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (b. 1916)
  • 2011 Ryan Dunn, American actor (b. 1977)
  • 2011 Jerome Rosen, American composer, dies at 89
  • 2012 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
  • 2012 Andrew Sarris, American movie critic (Village Voice), dies at 83
  • 2015 Nazar Singh, British great-grandfather, believed to be Europe's oldest man, dies at 111
  • 2016 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • 2016 Bill Ham [Billy Mack Ham], American music impresario and manager (ZZ Top), dies at 79
  • 2016 James Victor, Dominican-American actor (Boulevard Night, Streets of LA), dies at 76
  • 2017 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42
  • 2018 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer and 5-time Open Championship winner, dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • 2018 Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), dies at 70