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1968John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66

1961Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57

December 20th Deaths
Date Event
217
Pope Zephyrinus 
860
King Ethelbald of Wessex 
910
Alfonso III the Great, King of Leon, Galicia and Asturias, dies 
1022
Elvira Mendes, wife of Alfonso V of Castile (b. 996) 
1073
Domingo, Spanish monastery founder/abbot/saint, dies 
1355
Stefanus IX Uros IV Dusan, king (1331-46)/Serbia (1346-55), dies 
1494
Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian poet 
1524
Thomas Linacre, English scholar and physician 
1539
Johannes Lupi, Flemish composer 
1590
Ambroise Paré, French physician (b. 1510) 
1632
Nicolas Antoine, French cath pastor who converted to Judaism, executed 
1676
John Galle, Flemish engraver/printer, dies at 76 
1679
Johan Maurits, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies at 75 
1722
Kangxi Emperor of China (b. 1654) 
1723
Augustus Quirinus Rivinus (b. 1652) 
1740
Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, English military officer and statesman (b. 1675) 
1749
Pakubuwono II, susuhunan of Mataram Java, dies 
1768
Carlo Innocenzio Maria Frugoni, Italian poet (b. 1692) 
1783
Antonio Francisco Jawer Jose Soler, Sp composer (Fandango), dies at 54 
1793
Joseph Legros, composer, dies at 54 
1798
Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector, dies at 72 
1799
David Traugott Nicolai, composer, dies at 66 
1812
Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for Lewis & Clark, dies 
1815
Giovanni Meli, Sicilian poet (Buccolica), dies at 75 
1819
Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis, composer, dies at 50 
1821
Gian Francesco Fortunati, composer, dies at 75 
1856
Francesco Bentivegna, Italian revolutionary (b. 1820) 
1862
Robert Knox Scottish surgeon, anatomist and zoologist 
1875
Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/writer (Povesti), dies at 75 
1876
Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US 
1903
Gavriil Musicescu, composer, dies at 56 
1909
Benjamin Ipavec, composer, dies at 79 
1916
Manuel Giro, composer, dies at 68 
1916
William Wallace Gilchrist, composer, dies at 70 
1917
Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882) 
1917
Eric Campbell, The Immigrant 
1921
Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (b. 1850) 
1927
Courtice Pounds, The Broken Melody 
1929
Emile Loubet, French premier (1892)/president (1899-1906), dies at 90 
1929
Emile Loubet, Arrival and Departure of President Loubet 
1930
Samuel N. Niblack, Barnaby Lee 
1934
Frank Beal, The Inside of the White Slave Traffic 
1935
Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (b. 1882) 
1935
André Dubosc, L'argent des pauvres 
1935
Will Haggar Jr., The Maid of Cefn Ydfa 
1935
Nicholas Brierley, Ned Kelly and His Gang 
1936
Baron De Borchgrave, Belgian ambassador, murdered in Madrid 
1937
Erich Ludendorff, German general (WW I), dies at 72 
1937
Erich Ludendorff,  
1938
Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader (b. 1850) 
1939
Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide 
1941
Igor Severyanin, Russian poet (b. 1887) 
1942
Jean Gilbert, [Max Winterfield], German composer, dies at 63 
1942
Jean Gilbert, Die keusche Susanne 
1943
Yuri Tynyanov, Shinel 
1944
Abbas Hilmi II, viceroy of Egypt (1892-1914), dies at 70 
1944
Fritz Pfeffer,  
1944
David Howard, A Bit of Jade 
1944
Johnny Marvin, Shooting High 
1944
Merna Kennedy, The Circus 
1945
Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies 
1946
Garland Finney, Jammin' the Blues 
1947
Luigi Chiarelli, Fireworks 
1947
Loulou Hégoburu, Coeurs perdus 
1948
C Aubrey Smith, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85 
1948
Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies 
1948
C. Aubrey Smith, Rebecca 
1948
Julie Lampe, Troll-Elgen 
1949
Royal Raymond, Powder River Gunfire 
1949
John Webb Dillon, The Veteran Mounted Police Horse 
1949
L.A. Blaisdell, Shoulder Arms 
1952
Heinrich Lilienfein, Der Stier von Olivera 
1952
Ivan Olbracht, Golet v údolí 
1952
Charles A. Post, Back Stage 
1953
Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84 
1954
Emilis Melngailis, composer, dies at 80 
1954
James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54 
1954
James Hilton, Mrs. Miniver 
1955
Gretchen Lederer, The Silent Lady 
1955
Jerome Hester, Words and Music 
1955
Ralph E. Dyar, A Voice in the Dark 
1956
Ramon Carrillo, Argentine neuroscientist and Public Health minister (b. 1906) 
1957
Emil Pirchan, Der zeugende Tod 
1957
F.S. Colby, Shoulder Arms 
1957
Walter Page, Policy Man 
1958
Elisabeth Risdon, The Roaring Twenties 
1958
James Westheimer, Adolf Armstarke 
1960
Edwin Styles, The Dam Busters 
1961
Moss Hart, American dramatist (You can't take it with you), dies at 57 
1961
Earle Page, eleventh Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1880) 
1961
Herbert Grün, Lucija 
1961
Moss Hart, You Can't Take It With You 
1962
Erik William Gustav Leidzen, composer, dies at 68 
1962
Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer, dies at 75 
1963
Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54 
1963
Gustaw Morcinek, Czarne diamenty 
1965
Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist, dies at 73 
1968
Bax Brod, composer, dies at 84 
1968
John Steinbeck, author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel Prize 1940, 1962), dies at 66 
1968
Max Brod, writer, dies at 84 
1971
Roy O Disney, Brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78 
1973
Bobby Darin, singer (Mack the Knife), dies of heart failure at 37 
1973
Luis Carrero Blanco, PM of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA 
1973
Käthe von Nagy, Ave Maria 
1974
Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69 
1975
Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76 
1975
William Lundigan, Syracuse NY, actor (Climax), dies at 61 
1976
Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74 
1976
Walter Fitzgerald, actor (Adv of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80 
1976
Walter Fitzgerald, Treasure Island 
1976
Ned Washington, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 
1978
Valborg Neuchs, Lucky Journey 
1978
Ole Wisborg, Daddy, Darling 
1978
Dmitri Pokras, Traktoristy 
1979
Benny Davis, Edward Scissorhands 
1979
Italo Cremona, Carmela 
1979
Cliff Nordberg, Mary Poppins 
1980
Dagmar Olsson, Johan på Snippen tar hem spelet 
1980
Alice Barlow, Blood on the Sun 
1980
Ben Sharpsteen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
1980
Minoru Shibuya, The Unbalanced Wheel 
1981
Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899) 
1981
Abigail Maia, O Conde de Luxemburgo 
1982
Artur Rubinstein, pianist (My Young Years), dies in Geneva at 95 
1982
Artur Rubinstein, The Truman Show 
1982
Jane Arden, Separation 
1982
Vinicio Sofia, Le mille e una notte... e un'altra ancora! 
1983
John Vivyan, Imitation of Life 
1983
Husik Muradyan, Namus 
1983
Gwen Berryman, Gwen Berryman 
1983
Bill Brandt, Shadows from Light 
1984
Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1946) 
1984
Dmitriy Ustinov, SF-katsaus 20 
1984
Murl Deusing, The Vanishing Prairie 
1985
Elaine Baker, Henry's Social Splash 
1986
Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959) 
1986
Rossella Como, 8½ 
1986
Ranko Bradic, Bokseri idu u raj 
1986
Alicia Urueta, Ora sí tenemos que ganar 
1986
Alicia Urreta, Isle of the Snake People 
1986
Zoltán Greguss, A palacsintás király 
1986
Sonia Lancelotti, Cala a Boca, Etelvina 
1986
Penny Kunard, There's No Witch Like an Old Witch 
1987
Beta Ponicanová, Vlcie diery 
1987
Marianne Molander, Trots 
1987
Arkadi Rajkin, Lyudi i manekeny 
1987
Robert Blankshine, Coming Apart 
1988
Max Robinson, 1st black network (ABC) TV anchor, dies of AIDS at 49 
1988
Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer (b. 1908) 
1988
Roger Goupillières, Knock, ou le triomphe de la médecine 
1988
Louis W. Kellman, School Daze 
1988
William H. O'Docharty, The Terror of Tiny Town 
1988
Max Robinson, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir 
1989
Audrey Christie, actress (Splendor in the Grass), dies at 77 
1989
Irina Radchenko, Dark Is the Night 
1989
Hector Camerlynck, The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short 
1989
Kurt Böhme, Elektra 
1990
Albert Mertz, Hjertetyven 
1990
Ben-Ghou-Bey, Forbidden Paris 
1990
Andrea Dunbar, Rita, Sue and Bob Too! 
1990
Stephen Southard, Jaws: The Revenge 
1991
Andries D Copier, Dutch glass designer (Guild glass), dies 
1991
Fop[pe] I Brouwer, biologist (Everything That Lives & Grows), dies 
1991
Helene Heigh, actress (Undercover Woman, Teen Age Thunder), dies at 86 
1991
Sam Rabin, speaker of house, dies at 88 
1991
Stephen Birnbaum, US tourism writer, dies at 54 
1991
Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60 
1991
Walter Chiari, actor (Girl Under Sheet), dies of heart attack at 67 
1991
Simone Beck, French chef (b. 1904) 
1991
Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942) 
1991
Simone Beck,  
1991
Helene Heigh, Monsieur Verdoux 
1991
Walter Chiari, Bellissima 
1992
Chanel Price, The Devil in Miss Jones 3: A New Beginning 
1992
Steve Ross, Schindler's List 
1992
Peter Brocco, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 
1992
Károly Vogt, Episode #1.1 
1993
Moses Gunn, actor (Shaft), dies at 64 
1993
Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies from cancer at 74 
1993
W Edwards Deming, US economist (helped Japan after WW II), dies at 93 
1993
Konstantin Karelskikh, Idealnyy muzh 
1993
Alex Taifer, In Search of Anna 
1993
Werner Troegner, Sein dunkler Punkt 
1993
Henrikas Kurauskas, Julius Janonis 
1993
Emil Tzanev, Like What I Was 
1993
Ted Allan, Bride of the Monster 
1993
Ruth Langdon, Her Bohemian Party 
1993
Wylie Draper, The Jacksons: An American Dream 
1993
Abner J. Greshler, At War with the Army 
1994
Dean Rusk, US Sect of State (1961-69), dies at 85 
1994
J C "Jody" Bateman, fiddler, dies at 75 
1994
Dick Campbell, Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist 
1994
Dean Rusk, The Ten Thousand Day War 
1995
John Henry Jacques, co-operative retailer, dies at 90 
1995
Madge Sinclair, actress (Star Trek IV, Conrack, Convoy), dies at 55 
1995
Madge Sinclair, The Lion King 
1995
Pedro de Urdimalas, Ustedes, los ricos 
1995
Lee Gusta, Let's Kill All the Lawyers 
1995
Mary Dean, Lords of Dogtown 
1996
Amata Kabua, Pres of Marshall Islands (1979-96), dies 
1996
Carl Sagan, scientist (Contact), dies at 62 
1996
Roger Peacock), writer, dies at 76 
1996
Carl Sagan, Contact 
1996
Raymond Paul, Bonnie and Clyde 
1997
Dawn Steel, film maker (When Harry Met Sally), dies at 51 
1997
Denise Levertov, poet, dies at 74 
1997
Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81 
1997
Dawn Steel, City of Angels 
1997
Jûzô Itami, Tampopo 
1997
Turnley Walker, 5 Steps to Danger 
1997
Bosiljka Boci, Bezanje 
1998
Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910) 
1998
Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915) 
1998
John English, Birmingham '64 
1998
Irene Hervey, Play Misty for Me 
1999
Hank Snow, Canadian singer (b. 1914) 
1999
Riccardo Freda, Italian film director (b. 1909) 
1999
Manuel Berenguer, King of Kings 
1999
Riccardo Freda, Theodora, Slave Empress 
1999
Giorgio Ansoldi, La muta di Portici 
1999
Irving Rapper, Now, Voyager 
1999
Steve Vignari, Casino 
1999
Hank Snow, The Slaughter Rule 
1999
James Wainwright, Joe Kidd 
1999
Peter Garey, The Case of the Stuttering Bishop 
1999
Imre Eck, Pikkuporvarin seitsemän kuolemansyntiä 
2000
Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920) 
2000
Miel Saan, Confessions of an Opium Eater 
2000
Mickey Mantle Jr., 61* 
2000
Landon Arnett, Around the World in Eighty Days 
2000
Trude Forsher, Elvis & June: A Love Story 
2000
Richard Hazard, Airplane II: The Sequel 
2001
Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (b. 1912) 
2001
Léopold Sédar Senghor, first President of Senegal (b. 1906) 
2001
Foster Brooks, Cannonball Run II 
2001
Jerzy Rosolowski, Kwiecien w Portugalii 
2001
Stephen F. Kesten, Conan the Destroyer 
2001
Leopold Senghor, Samba et Leuk le lièvre 
2001
Joan Wheeler, Radio Scout 
2001
Kôji Nanbara, Branded to Kill 
2001
Walter Joachim, Wilfrid Pelletier, chef d'orchestre et éducateur 
2001
Edward Evans, 10 Rillington Place 
2002
Jack W. Schoengarth, V 
2002
Bernard King, Fat Pizza 
2002
Yuri Vorontsov, Ty u menya odna 
2002
Sonny Carson, The Education of Sonny Carson 
2002
Sylvia Liggett, Thousands Cheer 
2002
Joanne Campbell, Alphabet Castle 
2002
John Walvoord, For Those Who Remain 
2003
Ray Crowe, Hoosiers 
2003
Mike Dana, Killer's Kiss 
2003
Scott Destefano, Home Improvement 
2003
Grigore Grigoriu, Queen of the Gypsies 
2003
Charles Randolph Grean, Gangster Squad 
2004
Howard Feuer, The Silence of the Lambs 
2004
Tony Van Bridge, Judge 
2004
Jack Newfield, JFK, Hoffa and the Mob 
2004
Geoffrey Harris, Episode #1.2 
2004
Ondrej Polomský, Pacho, hybsky zbojnik 
2004
Arlon Ober, Child's Play 
2004
William J. Fisher, Young Guns II 
2004
Alexander Marshac, Ancient Astronomers 
2004
Liliane Maigné, Le Corbeau: The Raven 
2005
Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber 
2005
Argentina Brunetti, General Hospital 
2005
Andrzej Jurczak, Zagubione uczucia 
2005
Billy E. Hughes, Ole Rex 
2006
Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer 
2006
Jana Sheridan, Private Gold 88: The Click, Remote Sex Control 
2006
Andrew Spielman, Mummy on a Mission 
2006
Yukio Aoshima, Futari de hitori 
2006
Francis Koon, Thunder Road 
2006
Anne Rogers Clark, Wiener Takes All: A Dogumentary 
2006
John Bishop, Drop Zone 
2006
Ma Ji, Jin tian wo xiu xi 
2006
Sharon 'Mae' West, Angel 
2007
Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990) 
2007
Tommy Byrne, Game 7 
2007
Arabella Churchill, The Churchills 
2007
José Luis Pecker, Las diez de últimas 
2007
Antonio Basurto, Passione 
2007
Natalie Norwick, The Conscience of the King 
2007
Christian Bourgois, Romance 
2007
Billy Daydoge, Wagons East 
2007
Tokuzô Tanaka, New Tale of Zatoichi 
2007
Lydia Mendoza, Crazy Heart 
2007
Kazumi Tanaka, Akira 
2007
Gar Campbell, Fright Night Part 2 
2007
Philip Freund, Eine Tote soll ermordet werden 
2007
Jeanne Carmen, Golfing with Demaret 
2008
Olga Lepeshinskaya, Kontsert frontu 
2008
Dorothy Sarnoff, Episode #2.8 
2008
Adrian Mitchell, Man Friday 
2008
Robert Mulligan, To Kill a Mockingbird 
2008
Kathy Wetherell, Outback Jack 
2008
Øystein Langeland, Kierlighed uden strømper 
2008
Danny Lester, Days of Thunder 
2009
Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921) 
2009
Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977) 
2009
Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918) 
2009
Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954) 
2009
Arnold Stang, Hercules in New York 
2009
Aleksandr Koznov, Priklyucheniya Kventina Dorvarda, strelka korolevskoy gvardii 
2009
Ned Hockman, Stark Fear 
2009
Ioannis Moralis, Yannis Moralis, Painter 
2009
James Gurley, Monterey Pop 
2009
Leonid Nitsenko, Zolushka v sapogakh 
2009
Tadeo Villalba, Patton 
2009
Lester Rodney, Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed 
2009
Brittany Murphy, 8 Mile 
2010
Brian Hanrahan, British journalist (b. 1949) 
2010
Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945) 
2010
James R. Mann, American attorney and politician (b. 1920) 
2010
Jean-Pierre LeLoir, The Miles Davis Story 
2010
Jacqueline Courtney, One Life to Live 
2010
Alena Ambrová, When the Stars Were Red 
2010
Steve Landesberg, Forgetting Sarah Marshall 
2010
Brian Hanrahan, Fall of the Wall 
2010
Vitali Bazin, Schaste Nikifora Bubnova 
2010
Patricia Thompson,  
2010
Donna Atwood, The Case of the Renegade Refugee 
2010
John Alldis, The Wakefield Shepherd's Play 
2010
Maurizio Marchesi, Bambole, non c'è una lira! 
2010
Robert Destain, The Big Restaurant 
2010
Wolfgang Kudrnofsky, Der Rabe 
2011
Miomir 'Miki' Stamenkovic, Neka druga zena 
2011
Stephen Douglass, Case of the Barefoot Girl 
2011
Yoshimitsu Morita, The Family Game 
2011
Madalena Sotto, The Balcony of the Nightingales 
2011
Sean Bonniwell, The Other Side of Madness 
2011
Leopold Unger, Cien. Wspomnienie o Jerzym Giedroyciu 
2012
Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91 
2012
Tob de Bordes, Flodder 
2012
Italia Vaniglio, The Titbit 
2012
David Fetzer, Must Come Down 
2012
Jimmy McCracklin, It's Kind of a Funny Story 
2012
Matthew Kinne, Don't Give Up the Ship: The Tale of a Boy and a Boat 
2012
Telma Reston, Os sete Gatinhos 
2012
Gordon Cotler, Arabesque 
2012
Bronislav Krizan, David Sandel's Last Shot 
2012
Larry L. King, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 
2013
Kenneth Wolger, The Mechanic 
2013
Reginaldo Rossi, Brazil Avenue 
2013
Nelly Omar, Canto de amor 
2013
Gyula Maár, Töredék 
2014
John Freeman, Professor Jung 
2014
Bob Bardo, Passions 
2014
Chip Young, Concrete Cowboys 
2014
Carlo Maria Pensa, Whisky a mezzogiorno 
2014
Vadim Dorofeev, A Yakuza's Daughter Never Cries 
2014
Larry Auerbach, Another World 
2014
Lois Jewell, Bread and Circuses 
2014
Derek Rencher, Romeo and Juliet 
2015
The Times racing correspondent Alan Lee dies aged 61 
2015
Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jeremy Carter, dies at 28 
2016
UK's first openly gay rabbi, Lionel Blue, dies aged 86 
2016
Oman's Quran Calligrapher Dies Aged 56 
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