Famous Deaths on September 20

  • 1168 Paschal III, [Guido di Crema], Italian anti-Pope, dies
  • 1246 Mikhail of Chernigov, ruler of Kiev
  • 1384 Louis, duke of Anjou/wife of Marie of Bretagne
  • 1460 Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
  • 1493 Philippe Pot, governor/viceroy of Burgundy, dies
  • 1586 Anthony Babington, page/conspirator to Mary Stuart, executed at 24
  • 1590 Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (b. 1534)
  • 1613 Willem H van Est (Estius), theologist, dies
  • 1624 Isaac Le Maire, Amsterdam ship owner, dies at about 66
  • 1625 Heinrich Meibom, German historian and critic (b. 1555)
  • 1627 Jan Gruter, Dutch critic (b. 1560)
  • 1630 Claudio Saracini, Italian composer (b. 1586)
  • 1639 John Meursius, [van Meurs], historian, dies at 60
  • 1643 Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and writer
  • 1647 Giovanni Del Turco, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • 1648 Ivan Lukačić, Croatian composer, dies at 61

  • 1679 Cornelis Evertsen the Younger, Dutch vice admiral of Zealand, dies at 51
  • 1703 Archibald Campbell, 1st Duke of Argyll, Scottish privy councillor, dies at 52
  • 1706 Pierre Verdier, French composer working in Sweden, dies at 79
  • 1721 Thomas Doggett, British comedy actor (Drury Lane Theatre), dies at approximately 51
  • 1731 Sicco van Goslinga, Fries diplomat/sect of High Council, dies at 67
  • 1773 Pieter de Swart, architect (Delfts Port Rotterdam), dies at 63
  • 1803 Robert Emmet, Irish nationalist, executed
  • 1806 Utamaro Kitagawa, painter, dies
  • 1810 Wouter J van Troostwijk, painter, dies at 28
  • 1823 Daniel Steibelt, composer, dies at 57
  • 1839 Jose Gaspar de Francia, dictator of Paraguay (1816-39), dies at 74
  • 1852 Philander Chase, American university founder (b. 1775)
  • 1863 Benjamin Hardin Helm, US attorney/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 33

Person of interestJacob Grimm

1863 Jacob Grimm, German philologist, folklorist and editor of "Grimm's Fairy Tales", dies at 78

Author Jacob Grimm
Author
Jacob Grimm
  • 1863 William Haines Lytle, US politician, poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), killed in action during the American Civil War at 36
  • 1865 William H Revere Jr, US Union brigadier general, dies
  • 1873 Lulu Strauss und Torney, German poetess/writer, dies
  • 1880 Donald McKay, Canadian-American naval architect (built fastest clipper ships), dies at 70
  • 1884 Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist (b.1802)
  • 1886 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 1896 Gottfried Conradi, Norwegian composer, dies at 76
  • 1897 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • 1898 Theodor Fontane, German author (Der Stechlin), dies at 78
  • 1905 Vjenceslav Novak, Croatian Realist writer (Pavao Šegota), dies at 46
  • 1906 Robert R. Hitt, American politician (b. 1834)

  • 1908 Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (Spanish Dancer), dies at 64
  • 1917 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • 1927 George Nichols, American director and actor (His Favorite Pastime, Star Boarder), dies at 62 or 63
  • 1931 Sam Morris, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1884), dies
  • 1932 Max Slevogt, German painter, dies at 63
  • 1932 Wovoka, Paiute visionary
  • 1933 Annie Besant, English social reformer and supporter of Indian independence, dies at 85
  • 1939 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • 1944 John Grayburn, English (Victoria Cross), dies in battle in Arnhem
  • 1945 William Buehler Seabrook, Writer, journalist, occultist and explorer (b. 1884)
  • 1945 Augusto Tasso Fragoso, Brazilian president (b. 1869)

Person of interestEduard Wirths

1945 Eduard Wirths, Nazi physician at Auschwitz, commits suicide at 36

Nazi Physician Eduard Wirths
Nazi Physician
Eduard Wirths
  • 1946 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1947 Fiorello H La Guardia, (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies at 64
  • 1949 Nikolaos Skalkottas, composer, dies at 45
  • 1949 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 1956 Theo Frenkel, Dutch actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies at 85
  • 1957 Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (Finlandia), dies at 91
  • 1959 Olin Howlin, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), dies at 73
  • 1960 Lee Duncan, owner/trainer (Rin Tin Tin), dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1960 Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Henri Mulet, French composer, dies at 88
  • 1968 Frank Pelleg, Czech-Israeli composer, dies at 57
  • 1971 James Westerfield, American actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 1971 William F Albright, US archaeologist, dies at 80
  • 1973 Ben Webster, American tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • 1973 Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1973 Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • 1974 Carlyle Blackwell Jr, American actor (The Pilgrim Lady, The Triumph of the Rat), dies at 71
  • 1974 Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer (La Chanson d'Eve), dies at 88
  • 1975 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat/poet (Nobel 1960), dies at 78
  • 1976 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • 1979 Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general and politician, dies at 83
  • 1980 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • 1984 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter (Somebody Elses Trouble), dies at 36
  • 1987 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • 1988 Roy Kinnear, actor (Casanova, Pirates, Scrooge, Help!), dies at 54
  • 1989 Richie Ginther, American racing driver, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 1990 Jackie Moran, actor (Janie, Barefoot Boy), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1992 K W Stackpole, cricketer (good Victorian batsman), dies
  • 1993 Leonard Parkin, British TV host (ITN), dies at 64
  • 1993 Loan Volkerijk, Dutch baseball coach (ADO), dies at 65
  • 1994 Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist, dies at 77
  • 1994 Jule Styne, Broadway composer (Gypsy, Funny Girl), dies at 88
  • 1994 Davidson Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat and author, dies at 70
  • 1995 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), dies of prostate cancer at 79
  • 1995 Monica Maurice, industrialist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Max Manus, resistance fighter, dies at 82
  • 1996 Murtaza Bhutto, Pakistani politician, dies at 42
  • 1996 Paul Draper, dancer, dies at 87
  • 1996 Paul Erdos, mathematician, dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1996 Paul Weston [Wetstein], American pianist and orchestra leader (Jim Nabors Hour, Crescent City Suite), dies from natural causes at 84
  • 1997 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
  • 1999 Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)
  • 1999 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 93
  • 1999 Willy Millowitsch, German actor (National Lampoon's European Vacation), dies from heart failure at 90
  • 2000 Gherman Titov, cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • 2001 Marcos Pérez Jiménez, President of Venezuela (1953-58), dies at 87
  • 2003 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • 2003 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), dies a 80
  • 2003 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwe politician (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • 2004 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (b. 1935)
  • 2005 Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian-Polish Nazi hunter (b. 1908)
  • 2005 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer dies at 83
  • 2006 Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  • 2006 John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, dies at 79
  • 2009 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), dies from complications of dementia at 91
  • 2010 Kenny McKinley, American football player (b. 1987)
  • 2010 Leonard Skinner, American high school gym teacher; namesake of rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • 2014 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Rhoda-Winds of War, The Helen Morgan Story), dies of natural causes at 84
  • 2015 Charles Kenneth "C K" Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • 2015 Jack Larson, American playwright and actor (Jimmy Olsen-Superman), dies at 87
  • 2016 Curtis Hanson, American film director and screenwriter (LA Confidential, 8 Mile), dies at 71