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Deaths in History 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
  • 1493 Philippe Pot, governor/viceroy of Burgundy, dies
  • 1586 Anthony Babington, page and conspirator to Mary, Queen of Scots, executed at 24
  • 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 poet, dies at 69
  • 1627 Jan Gruter, Flemish-born Dutch critic, dies at 66
  • 1639 John Meursius, [van Meurs], historian, dies at 60
  • 1643 Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and writer
  • 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
  • 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 Johannes van Troostwijk, Dutch painter, dies at 28
  • 1839 Jose Gaspar de Francia, dictator of Paraguay (1816-39), dies at 74
  • 1852 Philander Chase, American Episcopal Church bishop and founder of Kenyon College, dies at 76
  • 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, dies at 82
  • 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)
  • 1917 Herbert Morris, Jamaican deserter in France, executed at 17
  • 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, dies at 83
  • 1944 John Grayburn, British soldier who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry during the defence of Arnhem bridge, dies during the battle at 26

  • 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
  • 1947 Fiorello La Guardia, American politician (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies at 64
  • 1960 Lee Duncan, owner/trainer (Rin Tin Tin), dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1971 William F. Albright, American old testament scholar and archaeologist, dies at 80
  • 1975 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and poet (Nobel 1960), dies at 78
  • 1976 Kermit Bloomgarden, American producer (The Diary of Anne Frank, Music Man), dies at 71
  • 1979 Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician (8th President of Czechoslovakia, 1968-75), dies at 83
  • 1987 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • 1993 Erich Hartmann, German WW II pilot (downed 352 Russian aircraft), dies at 71
  • 1994 Davidson Nicol, Sierra Leonean diplomat and author, dies at 70
  • 1995 Monica Maurice, industrialist and Managing Director and Chairman of the Wolf Safety Lamp Company, Sheffield, dies at 87
  • 1996 Max Manus, Norwegian resistance fighter and author who specialized in sabotage during World War II, dies at 81
  • 1996 Murtaza Bhutto, Pakistani politician, dies at 42
  • 1996 Paul Erdos, mathematician, dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1999 Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)
  • 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 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwean politician (1st Vice-President of Zimbabwe), dies at 80
  • 2004 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian-Polish Nazi hunter (b. 1908)
  • 2005 Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer dies at 83
  • 2011 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Robert Whitaker, British photographer, dies at 71
  • 2015 Charles Kenneth "C K" Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • 2019 Su Beng [Lim Tiau-hui], Taiwanese revolutionary, 'Father of Taiwanese Independence' (Taiwan’s 400-Year History), dies at 100