Died On September 20th

Discover the most famous people who died on September 20. The list includes people like Annie Besant, Jean Sibelius, Simon Wiesenthal, Fiorello H. La Guardia, Sven Nykvist. Famous personalities featured on this list, include composers, political leaders, poets and journalists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & India and many more countries.
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Jim Croce
(Folk and Rock Singer Best Known for His Third album 'You Don't Mess Around with Jim')
Jim Croce
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1973

Jim Croce was an American rock and folk singer-songwriter. At the peak of his popularity, Jim Croce died in a plane crash at age 30. Many of his works were released posthumously and achieved popularity. Jim Croce's music has been used in many popular films, such as The Hangover Part II, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Hobbs & Shaw.

 2 
Simon Wiesenthal
(Austrian Holocaust Survivor, Nazi Hunter and Writer)
Simon Wiesenthal
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 31, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buchach, Ukraine
Died: 2005
Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal survived four Nazi concentration camps, including the notorious Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp. He later devoted his life to finding out information about Nazi war criminals to bring them to trial. He wrote several books on his experiences, such as The Sunflower and I Chased Eichmann.
 3 
Annie Besant
(British Social Reformer, Theosophist and Women's Rights Activist)
Annie Besant
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 1, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clapham Town, London, United Kingdom
Died: 1933

Annie Besant was a British theosophist, socialist, writer, orator, educationist, women's rights activist, and philanthropist. Despite being British, Besant supported India's freedom movement and even joined the Indian National Congress. She is also credited with co-founding Banaras Hindu University. Besant also helped launch the Indian Home Rule movement to campaign for democracy in the country.

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Jean Sibelius
(Finnish Composer Known for His 'Seven Symphonies' and His Tone Poem 'Tapiola')
Jean Sibelius
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Died: 1957

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish violinist and composer. Widely regarded as Finland's greatest composer, Sibelius' music is credited with having kindled nationalism in Finland during the country's struggle for independence from Russia. His work has inspired other important composers like Douglas Lilburn. The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, which is held every five years, is named after him.

 5 
Roy Kinnear
(British Character Actor)
Roy Kinnear
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Birthdate: January 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1988

Roy Kinnear was a British actor known for playing important roles in Richard Lester's films, such as Help!, How I Won the War, and The Three Musketeers. Kinnear died in an accident while filming the 1989 sequel of The Three Musketeers. In 1994, the 'Roy Kinnear Trust' was founded in his honor. The foundation aims at helping differently-abled young adults.

 6 
Erich Hartmann
(Aviator, Officer)
Erich Hartmann
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weissach
Died: 1993

Remembered as the most successful fighter pilot in the history of aerial warfare, Erich Hartmann completed 1,400 missions in his Messerschmitt Bf 109 and shot down 352 Allied planes. Known for his dogfighting strategy, he inspired the popular biography The Blond Knight of Germany and became a flight instructor post-retirement.

 7 
Liliane Bettencourt
(Principal Shareholder of ‘L'Oréal’ and the Richest Woman of the World at the Time of Her Death)
Liliane Bettencourt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2017
Former L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was the world’s richest woman at the time of her death. She had apparently gifted celebrity photographer François-Marie Banier cash and gifts worth a billion euros, leading her daughter to file a case against Banier later. Bettencourt was also involved in medical and cultural philanthropy.
 8 
Polly Bergen
(Actress)
Polly Bergen
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Birthdate: July 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: 2014
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 9 
Paul Erdős
(Mathematician)
Paul Erdős
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died: 1996

Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős spent most of his childhood at home, due to his mother’s overprotectiveness after his sisters died of scarlet fever. Known for his eccentricity, he used his own vocabulary. His contributions include the Ramsey theory, and he skipped many university job offers to continue working independently.

 10 
Jacob Grimm
(Discoverer of ‘Grimm’s Law of Linguistics' and Co-author of the Largest German Dictionary 'Deutsches Wörterbuch')
Jacob Grimm
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Birthdate: January 4, 1785
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: 1863

Part of the legendary folklorist duo known as the Brothers Grimm, Jacob Grimm gave to the world Grimm’s Fairy Tales, along with his younger brother, Wilhelm Grimm. The son of a lawyer, he, too, had initially studied law. He also contributed immensely to Germanic linguistics, with his Grimm's law.

 11 
Fiorello H. La Guardia
(Mayor of New York City (1934-45))
Fiorello H. La Guardia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York, United States
Died: 1947
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 12 
Glenn Strange
(Actor, Singer)
Glenn Strange
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Birthdate: August 16, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Weed, New Mexico, United States
Died: 1973
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 13 
Steve Goodman
(Singer-songwriter)
Steve Goodman
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1984
 14 
Leonard Skinner
(Basketball coach, Businessman)
Leonard Skinner
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: 2010
 15 
Gabriela Silang
(Revolutionary)
Gabriela Silang
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1731
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa, Philippines
Died: 1763
 16 
Curtis Hanson
(Film director)
Curtis Hanson
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Birthdate: March 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Died: 2016
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 17 
Fletcher Christian
(Seaman)
Fletcher Christian
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 25, 1764
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: near Cockermouth, England
Died: 1793
 18 
Max Manus
(Norwegian Resistance Fighter During World War II)
Max Manus
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Norway
Died: 1996

Best known today for the biographical film Max Manus: Man of War, Max Manus was a Norwegian World War II resistance fighter. While fighting for the Norwegian resistance, he was arrested by the Gestapo but later joined the Lingekompaniet and specialized in ship sabotage. He penned several books about his experiences.

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Sven Nykvist
(Cinematographer)
Sven Nykvist
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Birthdate: December 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden
Died: 2006

Born to an amateur wildlife photographer father, Sven Nykvist later grew up to be one of Sweden’s top-notch cinematographers. He is remembered for his iconic partnership with director Ingmar Bergman and his love for subtle camera work. He won Oscars for Cries and Whispers and Fanny and Alexander.

 20 
Jule Styne
(Composer, Songwriter, Musician, Film score composer)
Jule Styne
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 31, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: 1994
 21 
Joan Littlewood
(Actor)
Joan Littlewood
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Birthdate: October 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Died: 2002
 22 
Ben Webster
(Saxophonist, Composer, Jazz musician)
Ben Webster
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: 1973
 23 
Robert Emmet
(Revolutionary Leader)
Robert Emmet
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 4, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1803
 24 
Anthony Babington
(Nobleman)
Anthony Babington
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 24, 1561
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England
Died: 1586
 25 
George Seferis
(Greek Poet and Diplomat)
George Seferis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 13, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Urla, Turkey
Died: 1971

George Seferis was a Greek diplomat and poet. A Nobel laureate, Seferis is widely regarded as one of the most prominent Greek poets of the 20th century. A well-known and respected diplomat, George Seferis served as the Ambassador to the UK from 1957 to 1962.

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Brian Clough
(English Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
Brian Clough
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2004
Footballer and manager Brian Clough is remembered as one of the highest goal-scorers of the Football League. He had successful stints with Derby County and Nottingham Forest, as a manager, with Peter Taylor as his assistant manager. His rivalry with Don Revie inspired the book The Damned Utd.
 27 
George Sluizer
(Film Director)
George Sluizer
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Birthdate: June 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2014
 28 
Robert Riskin
(Former screenwriter, playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra)
Robert Riskin
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Birthdate: March 30, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1955
 29 
Henry Spencer, 1st earl of Sunderland
(English Cavalier)
Henry Spencer, 1st earl of Sunderland
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 23, 1620
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Althorp
Died: 1643
 30 
Tahia Carioca
(Belly Dancer)
Tahia Carioca
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 1999
 31 
Kenny McKinley
(American Football Player)
Kenny McKinley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mableton, Georgia, United States
Died: 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Ida Rubinstein
(Russian Dancer and Actress)
Ida Rubinstein
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: 1960

Ida Rubinstein was a Russian dancer, art patron, and actress. She is best remembered for performing with the popular itinerant ballet company, the Ballets Russes. She also served as a subject for Russian painter Valentin Alexandrovich Serov's portrait Salomé.

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Raisa Gorbacheva
(Russian Activist and Wife of the Former President of the Soviet Union ‘Mikhail Gorbachev’)
Raisa Gorbacheva
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rubtsovsk, Russia
Died: 1999

Raisa Gorbacheva was a Russian activist who was actively involved in the preservation of Russian cultural heritage, treatment programs for children suffering from blood cancer, and fostering of new talent. She was married to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and was one of the few wives of Soviet leaders to have a high-profile career of her own.  

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Charles W. Mills
(Philosopher who was a professor at Graduate Center, CUNY)
Charles W. Mills
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Birthdate: January 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2021
 35 
Mir Taqi Mir
(Urdu Poet)
Mir Taqi Mir
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1723
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: 1810

Mir Taqi Mir was an Indian poet who lived during the 18th century. He is credited with shaping the Urdu language and is remembered as one of the most important poets of the Urdu language. Mir Taqi Mir's life and career inspired the 2016 Pakistani biographical film Mah e Mir, in which Mir is played by Pakistani actor Fahad Mustafa.

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Abbe Faria
(Monk, Physician)
Abbe Faria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 31, 1756
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Candolim, Bardez, Goa
Died: 1819
 37 
Narayana Guru
(Spiritual Leader, Social Reformer)
Narayana Guru
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chempazhanthy, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Died: 1928

Born in Travancore in India, Narayana Guru was the son of a teacher and studied in a gurukula. He grew up to lead a social reform movement against the caste system that he saw in erstwhile Kerala. He believed in the motto One Caste, One Religion, One God for All.

 38 
Heinrich Hoffmann
(German physician and writer)
Heinrich Hoffmann
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 13, 1809
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Died: 1894

A qualified physician and psychiatrist, Heinrich Hoffmann managed the state mental hospital of Frankfurt on Main. However, he is best known as an author of children’s books and for his creation Struwwelpeter, or Slovenly Peter, a character with a naughty personality and a weird appearance, initially created for his son.

 39 
Sir Robert Hart, 1st Baronet
(British Diplomat and 2nd Inspector-General of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (1863 - 1911))
Sir Robert Hart, 1st Baronet
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 20, 1835
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: County Armagh, Ulster, Ireland
Died: 1911

Remembered as the most successful British diplomat to have served in Qing dynasty China, Sir Robert Hart, 1st Baronet played a major role in the expansion of the Maritime Customs Bureau and employed both Chinese and Westerners in it. He was eventually knighted and made a baronet for his services.

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1766
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yaguarón
Died: 1840

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia went down in history as the first dictator of Paraguay. Although he had initially studied theology, he later deviated to law. Known as El Supremo, he banned all foreign trade in his bid to make Paraguay self-sufficient, thus eventually weaking it and curbing personal freedom.

 41 
Ferdinand Blumentritt
(Former author, secondary school teacher)
Ferdinand Blumentritt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 10, 1853
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: 1913
 42 
Doria Shafik
(Egyptian Poet, Editor, and Feminist)
Doria Shafik
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 14, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ṭanṭā, Egypt
Died: 1975

Doria Shafik was an Egyptian poet, editor, and feminist. One of the most important and influential leaders of the famous women's liberation movement in Egypt, Doria Shafik is best remembered for her work in the mid-1940s that led to a change in the Egyptian constitution, granting Egyptian women the right to vote.

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Sergei Bodrov Jr.
(Russian Actor Who Died Due to a Ice-Slide in Kolka Glacier While Filming)
Sergei Bodrov Jr.
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Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 2002

The son of Russian film director Sergei Bodrov, Sergei Bodrov Jr. started his career with his father’s movies, such as Prisoner of the Mountains. His performance in Brother made him a star in Russia. He went missing along with his crew after an avalanche hit them in the Caucasus while directing The Messenger.

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Mahlon Clark
(Musician)
Mahlon Clark
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: 2007
 45 
C.K. Williams
(Poet)
C.K. Williams
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2015
 46 
Gherman Titov
(Cosmonaut)
Gherman Titov
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Verkh-Zhilino, Russia
Died: 2000
 47 
Theodor Fontane
(German Novelist and Poet Who Is Considered the First Master of Modern Realistic Fiction in Germany)
Theodor Fontane
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 30, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neuruppin, Germany
Died: 1898

The pioneer of German realist fiction, Theodor Fontane started as a journalist before venturing into a writing career at the ripe age of 58. He had also briefly been an apothecary, following in his father’s footsteps. His novels such as Effi Briest talk about the plight of women.

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Davidson Nicol
(Diplomat)
Davidson Nicol
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Died: 1994
 49 
Daniel Steibelt
(Pianist)
Daniel Steibelt
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 22, 1765
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1823

Daniel Steibelt was a German composer and pianist who lived and worked in Paris and London. A prolific composer, Steibelt's works became popular throughout Europe. He also contributed immensely to several dramatic operas, such as Romeo et Juliette which was produced in 1793 at the Théâtre Feydeau.

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Kārlis Ulmanis
(4th President of Latvia)
Kārlis Ulmanis
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bērze, Latvia
Died: 1942