Deaths in History 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
  • 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, dies at 80
  • 1810 Axel von Fersen the Younger, Swedish Army officer, diplomat and statesman, dies at 54

Manuel BelgranoManuel Belgrano (1770-1820)

Argentine politician and Military Leader who took part in the Argentine Wars of Independence and created the Flag of Argentina, dies at 50

  • 1837 William IV, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1830-37), dies at 71
  • 1846 Pieter Adams, architect of Rotterdam, dies at about 67
  • 1869 Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader, dies at 34
  • 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
  • 1906 John Clayton Adams, British landscape artist (b. 1840)
  • 1915 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG), dies ay 76
  • 1917 António Feijó, Portuguese poet and diplomat, dies at 58
  • 1917 James Mason Crafts, American chemist (Friedel-Crafts alkylation synthesis), dies at 78
  • 1920 Dmitry Ivanovsky, Russian Botanist who discovered the organisms that came to be known as viruses, dies at 55
  • 1925 Josef Breuer, Austrian psychologist (b. 1842)
  • 1933 Clara Zetkin, German feminist, Socialist, and Communist leader, dies at 75
  • 1941 [Stephanie] Hélène Swarth, Dutch poet ("Lonely flowers"), dies at 81
  • 1945 Bruno Frank, German-born American writer, dies at 58

Bugsy SiegelBugsy Siegel (1906-1947)

American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, shot dead in Beverly Hills at 41

  • 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 (Prime Minister of Japan 1948), dies at 71
  • 1960 Walter Dehmel, German writer, dies at 57
  • 1963 Joseph Self, American murderer, executed by hanging in Walla Walla, Washington at 32; last state execution until 1990
  • 1963 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, dies at 64
  • 1965 Bernard Baruch, American financier and presidential adviser (Cold War), dies at 94
  • 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
  • 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 Emil Mihai Cioran, Romanina born writer and aphorist, dies at 84
  • 1995 Henry Iliffe Cozens, English Royal Air Force pilot, dies at 91
  • 1996 Irving Krick, American meteorologist and inventor, dies at 89
  • 1996 Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Walter Guevara Arze, provisional president of Bolivia (1979), dies
  • 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)
  • 2003 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, dies at 76

Jack KilbyJack Kilby (1923-2005)

American electrical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2000 - handheld calculator, integrated circuit), dies at 81

  • 2005 Larry Collins, American writer, dies at 75
  • 2007 Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)
  • 2010 Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (b. 1916)
  • 2012 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
  • 2015 Nazar Singh, British great-grandfather, believed to be Europe's oldest man, dies at 111