Deaths in History on April 20

  • 1164 Victor IV [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64), dies
  • 1176 Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English soldier (b. 1130)
  • 1314 Clement V [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14) moved papacy to Avignon, dies
  • 1317 Agnes van Montepulciano, Italian mystic and saint, dies
  • 1521 Zhengde, 10th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, dies at 29
  • 1534 Elizabeth Barton [St Magd van Kent], English nun, prophet and only woman whose head was on a spike on London Bridge, hanged for treason
  • 1558 Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer, dies at 72
  • 1632 Nicolas Antoine, French Protestant theologian who attempted to convert to Judaism, burned at the stake for heresy aged about 30 in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1662 Gerard Terborch, the elder, Dutch painter, dies
  • 1703 Lancelot Addison, English royal chaplain (b. 1632)
  • 1765 Abigail Williams, American accuser in the Salem witch trials (b. 1674)
  • 1769 Pontiac, Ottawa Indian leader, murdered by a Peoria warrior at 48 or 49
  • 1786 John Goodricke, English deaf astronomer (first to notice that some variable stars were periodic), dies at 21

George ClintonGeorge Clinton (1739-1812)

American soldier and 4th Vice President (1805-12), dies at 73 and 1st Vice President to die in office

  • 1820 Arthur Young, English writer on agriculture (Annals of Agriculture), dies at 78
  • 1821 Franz Karl Achard, German physicist and chemist, dies at 67
  • 1831 John Abernethy, English surgeon, dies at 67
  • 1836 Johan I Jozef, Monarch of Liechtenstein and fieldmarshal, dies at 75
  • 1872 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • 1873 William Tite, English architect (The Royal Exchange), dies at 75
  • 1874 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 56
  • 1887 Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Egyptian statesman (b. 1826)
  • 1899 Joseph Wolf, German artist (b. 1820)
  • 1900 Alexandre Falguière, French sculptor and painter, dies at 68
  • 1906 Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26 (London, England)
  • 1910 Samuel Gibbs French, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 91

Bram StokerBram Stoker (1847-1912)

Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), dies at 64

  • 1912 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, dies at 64
  • 1918 Karl Ferdinand Braun, German inventor, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909), dies at 67
  • 1932 Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician and glottologist, dies at 73
  • 1935 Juliaan de Vriendt, Flemish painter, dies at 92
  • 1935 Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, English fashion designer, dies at 71
  • 1941 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer, dies in Buchenwald at 49
  • 1947 Christian X, King of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
  • 1951 Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1873)
  • 1953 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • 1962 Jesse G Vincent, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine, dies at 82
  • 1968 Mabel Stark, American tiger trainer "crazy Mabel", found dead after her suicide at 79
  • 1973 Hans Kelsen, Austrian legal philosopher and political philosopher, dies at 91
  • 1974 Mohammed Ayub Khan, premier/president (Pakistan), dies
  • 1974 Richard Huelsenbeck, German Dada writer, dies at 81
  • 1977 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), dies at 80

Archibald MacLeishArchibald MacLeish (1892-1982)

American poet (Conquistador) and playwright (J.B.), dies at 89

  • 1984 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)
  • 1986 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, dies at 73
  • 1990 Horst Sinderman, RDA 1st minister (1973-76), dies
  • 1991 Sean O'Faolain [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • 1991 Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician (Chairman of the Presidium of the People's Great Khural (President), 1974-84; Prime Minister, 1952-74; General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Party, 1940-54), dies at 74

Milovan DjilasMilovan Djilas (1911-1995)

Yugoslavian politician and writer (The New Class), dies at 83

  • 1995 Sunil Jayasinghe, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper (1979 World Cup), suicide
  • 1995 Tessie O'Shea, Welsh stage and screen entertainer, dies at 81
  • 1996 Christopher Robin Milne, bookseller, dies at 75
  • 1996 Trần Văn Trà [Nguyễn Chấn], North Vietnamese military leader, dies at 77 or 78
  • 1999 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), dies at 18
  • 1999 Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • 2003 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970), dies at 82
  • 2005 Fumio Niwa, Japanese novelist (b. 1904)
  • 2006 Anna Svidersky (b. 1988)
  • 2007 Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
  • 2008 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)

Dorothy HeightDorothy Height (1912-2010)

American civil rights and women's rights activist (National Council of Negro Women), dies at 98

  • 2011 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • 2011 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • 2011 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, dies at 92
  • 2013 Howard Phillips, American politician, dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • 2013 Struther Arnott, Scottish molecular biologist and chemist (cancer research), dies at 78
  • 2015 Aharon Lichtenstein, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 81
  • 2015 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96
  • 2016 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), dies at 93
  • 2018 Allan B. Swift, American broadcast journalist and politician (US Representative for Washington (D), 1979-95), dies at 82

Idriss DebyIdriss Deby (1952-2021)

Chadian politician and military officer (President of Chad, 1990–2021), dies of injuries inflicted on a battlefield at 68