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1506Christopher Columbus, explorer, dies in poverty, in Spain at 55

2002Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941)

May 20th Deaths
Date Event
685
King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645) 
1277
John XXI, [Petrus Juliani/Hispanus], Portuguese Pope (1276-77), dies. (b. 1215) 
1285
John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259) 
1444
Bernardinus van Siena, Italian saint, dies at 63 
1449
Peter, Prince/regent of Portugal/writer (Virtuosa Benfeitoria), dies 
1471
Henry VI, king of England (1422-61, 70-71)/France (1431-71), dies 
1503
Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (b. 1463) 
1506
Christopher Columbus, explorer, dies in poverty, in Spain at 55 
1509
Catharina Sforza, Italian duchess of Forli, dies at 45 
1550
Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun (b. 1510) 
1597
Matthijs Heldt, dies in battle 
1622
Osman II, sultan of Turkey (1618-22), dies 
1648
Wladyslaw IV Wasa, King of Poland, dies 
1650
Francesco Sacrati, composer, dies at 44 
1669
Joris van der Hagen, landscape painter, dies 
1677
George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (b. 1612) 
1713
Thomas Sprat, English writer (b. 1635) 
1717
John Trevor, British statesman (b. 1637) 
1722
Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (b. 1669) 
1732
Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (b. 1676) 
1751
Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, composer, dies at 38 
1782
Carlo Giovanni Testori, composer, dies at 68 
1782
Christoph Gottlieb Schroter, composer, dies at 82 
1782
William Emerson, British mathematician (b. 1701) 
1793
Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist (b. 1720) 
1795
Ignác Martinovics, Hungarian physicist/revolutionary, beheaded 
1825
Papaflessas, Greek priest and government official (b. 1788) 
1834
Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert de Motier, nobleman, dies 
1834
Marquis de Lafayette, French general, dies 
1841
Joseph Blanco White, theological writert, dies 
1847
Mary Lamb, writer, dies 
1864
John Clare, English poet (Little Trotty Wagtail), dies at 70 
1873
Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman (b. 1814) 
1875
Amalia, wife of King Otto of Greece, dies at 58 
1876
Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 8 days old 
1876
Khristo Botev, Bulgarian poet, dies 
1880
Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76 
1883
William Chambers, author/publisher, dies 
1888
Christian Molbech, Heart of an Actress 
1896
Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann, composer/pianist, dies at 76 
1896
Clara Schumann, Management 
1900
Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer, dies at 80 
1909
Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859) 
1910
Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, composer, dies at 88 
1911
E M Grace, cricketer (one Test v Australia 1880, 36 & 0), dies 
1917
Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850) 
1917
Valentine Fleming, Scottish politician (b. 1887) 
1919
Jacob Verdam, philosopher, dies 
1923
Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist, dies 
1926
Dick Pougher, cricketer (17 & 3-26 in only Test for England 1892), dies 
1926
Harry Leighton, The Dragon 
1929
Adolf Lindfors, Rautakylän vanha parooni 
1932
William Shepherd Benson, Victory 
1932
Emilie Melville, The White Sister 
1932
Bubber Miley, The Cotton Club 
1935
Ivans, [Jacob van Schevichaven], lawyer/detective writer, dies at 68 
1935
Ivans, De man op den achtergrond 
1935
Robert Ellis, The Return of Chandu 
1936
Nick Cogley, Bangville Police 
1939
Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59 
1940
Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies 
1940
Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies 
1940
Francis Palmer Tilton, The Dark Angel 
1940
Sibyl Harris, All This, and Heaven Too 
1940
Verner von Heidenstam, Father Bom 
1941
Veda Buckland, The Right to Love 
1941
Fred Behrle, Bill Peter's Kid 
1942
Sasa Dobrovolná, Syn hor 
1943
S. Hillkowitz, Que Viva Mexico 
1944
Vincent Rose, The Aviator 
1945
Robert Newhard, The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
1946
Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871) 
1946
Emil Frey, Heimat lebenslänglich 
1947
Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862) 
1948
Heinz Stieda, Hamlet 
1949
Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890) 
1949
George Christie, Sowers and Reapers 
1949
Frank Testera, Modern Times 
1952
Constance Byström, Modärna fruar 
1952
Evelyn Dockson, The Valley of Decision 
1952
Harry D. Brown, The Hunchback of Notre Dame 
1954
S. Taryan, Gikor 
1954
Hans von Wolzogen, Sprengbagger 1010 
1955
Anna Svierkier, Day of Wrath 
1955
Aleksey Vatulya, Conquest of Peter the Great 
1956
Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies 
1956
Max Beerbohm, caricturist/writer (Yet Again), dies 
1956
André Charlot, Summer Storm 
1956
Max Beerbohm, Nobody Said Anything 
1956
Harry Stewart, Fie, Fie, Fifi 
1957
James Dunne, The Skating Master 
1957
Penrhyn Stanlaws, Singed Wings 
1957
Harry D. Kerr, The Wedding March 
1957
David Thompson, An Elusive Diamond 
1959
Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher, dies at 60 
1959
Cecil Brunner, The Noose 
1960
Paul Clark, Boy Meets Girl 
1961
Josef "Pips" Priller, German fighter ace (b. 1915) 
1961
Josef Priller, The Longest Day 
1961
Will Dugal, Heart of Stone 
1963
Gene Holland, Song of the South 
1964
Douglas Parkhirst, Early Frost 
1965
Evgeniy Ivanov-Barkov, Under Sunny Skies 
1968
Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies 
1968
Kees van Dongen, Dutch/French painter, dies at 91 
1969
Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64 
1969
Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer, at 69 
1971
Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904) 
1972
Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78 
1972
Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75 
1973
Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945) 
1973
Salomon Hedberg, Barnen från Frostmofjället 
1974
Tristan Rawson, Away in a Manger 
1974
Dennis Quinn, The Case of the Resolute Reformer 
1975
Dame Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, dies in fire at 72 
1975
Jacques Stehman, composer, dies at 62 
1976
Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911) 
1976
Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz "disappeared" 
1980
Jack Walsh, cricketer (at Wallsend)/commentator (NBN), dies 
1980
Walter Tasca, Encruzilhada 
1981
Noboru Nakamura, Portrait of Chieko 
1982
Frank A. Richards, Buck Privates Come Home 
1982
Baby Early Gorman, The Gift of the Fairies 
1983
Harry Keaton, Three Pairs of Stockings 
1983
Albert Johannes, Murderers Among Us 
1983
Roger Lucchesi, Song of the Clouds 
1984
Peter Bull, British actor (Dr Doolittle), dies of a heart attack at 72 
1984
Laurence Schwab Jr., Curtain Call 
1984
Oscar Schisgall, The Man I Married 
1984
Peter Bull, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 
1985
George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46 
1985
Ben Hall, Algiers 
1985
George Memmoli, Rocky 
1986
Bernard Naylor, composer, dies at 78 
1986
Willem Pee, Belgian linguistic, dies at 83 
1986
Károly Szigeti, Electra, My Love 
1986
Verna Kornman, Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm 
1986
Helen Taussig,  
1986
Stephen Carr, Little Old New York 
1986
Fritz Moegle, Lulu 
1987
Otto Carlmar, Fools in the Mountains 
1987
George Shibata, Pork Chop Hill 
1988
Dick Jacobs, Matinee 
1988
Robert Noe, Jigsaw 
1988
László Somogyi, Úri muri 
1988
Agustín De Figueroa, Sortilegio 
1988
Tom Lewis, Cause for Alarm! 
1989
Anton Diffring, actor (Zeppelin, Fahrenheit 451), dies at 70 
1989
Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42 
1989
John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies 
1989
Gilda Radner, Haunted Honeymoon 
1989
Erzsébet Galgóczi, Another Way 
1989
Peter Evans, Arthur 
1989
James Z. Flaster, Bye Bye Birdie 
1989
Anton Diffring, Fahrenheit 451 
1989
Lyn Murray, To Catch a Thief 
1989
Esko Vettenranta, The Stranger 
1989
Pavel Jurácek, Daisies 
1990
Gilbert Wilson, You're the One 
1990
Peter Rabe, The Joker's Last Laugh 
1991
Julian Orbon De Soto, composer, dies at 65 
1991
Silvij Kobal, A Cormoran 
1991
Julian Orbon, The Damned United 
1991
Terence Baker, The Hireling 
1992
Roger Keith Coleman, American convict 
1992
Guy Singer, Leonard Cohen: Live in London 
1993
Max Klein, inventor (paint by numbers), dies at 77 
1993
Kauko Laurikainen, Sissit 
1994
Dallas Pratt, collector, dies at 79 
1994
Ronald Russell, actor/manager (We Are Angels), dies at 83 
1994
Vivien John, artist, dies at 79 
1994
Dorothy Neumann, The Terror 
1994
Michael Cruz, Mean Creek 
1994
Ingrid Hafner, Five to One 
1994
Jerry Devine, Damaged Hearts 
1994
Bartine Burkett, Her Ambition 
1994
Jack L. Richards, The Beast Within 
1994
Mike Westenskow, Teenage Bonnie and Klepto Clyde 
1995
Ingrid Bergman, Fanny and Alexander 
1995
Munawar Sultana, Pheray 
1995
Ulysses Kay, The Quiet One 
1995
Jakob Hermann, The Woolen Stocking Peddler 
1995
Milan Mach, Adéla jeste nevecerela 
1996
Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65 
1996
George Malcolm Thomson, journalist, dies at 96 
1996
Jack Wyngaard, dancer, dies at 37 
1996
Janaki Ramachandran, PM of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies 
1996
John Pertwee, actor (Dr Who), dies at 76 
1996
Julius Marmur, biochemist/geneticist, dies at 70 
1996
Lewis B Combs, naval commander/civil engineer, dies at 101 
1996
Dean Harens, General Hospital 
1996
Willi Daume, Olympia - Olympia 
1996
Eric Davidson, The Dave Allen Show 
1996
Edgard Franco, Na Violência do Sexo 
1996
Jean-Jacques Delbo, The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 
1996
Jon Pertwee, The Five Doctors 
1997
Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies 
1997
Roland Amstutz, I as in Icarus 
1997
John Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 
1998
Ricardo Franco, Lucky Star 
1998
Montie Montana, The Circle of Death 
1998
Santiago Álvarez, 79 primaveras 
1998
Ernest Sarracino, The Hudsucker Proxy 
1998
Wolf Mankowitz, Casino Royale 
1999
Christine Cabanne, The Flying Deuces 
1999
William Alfred, Hogan's Goat 
1999
Roberto Talice, The Cat 
1999
Tôru Yuri, After Life 
2000
Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922) 
2000
Malik Sealy, American basketball player (b. 1970) 
2000
Michael Farrell, The Grasscutter 
2000
Juliusz Grabowski, Petla 
2000
Jean-Pierre Rampal, Jean-Pierre Rampal 
2000
Edward Bernds, Return of the Fly 
2000
Malik Sealy, Eddie 
2001
Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920) 
2001
Christopher Gorman, Heartbreak Ridge 
2001
Lionel Decker, Ed Wood 
2001
Renato Carosone, Raging Bull 
2002
Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941) 
2002
Sidney Fine, Lady and the Tramp 
2002
Sándor Kónya, Büdingen 
2002
Attila Tyll, Utazás a holdba 
2002
Danny O'Neil, Stars on Parade 
2002
Stephen Jay Gould, Lisa the Skeptic 
2002
Jerry Dunphy, Independence Day 
2002
Jesús de Armas, El cowboy 
2003
Howard 'Sandman' Sims, Harlem Nights 
2003
Walter Höllerer, Germany Pale Mother 
2003
Paul Hagen, Soldaterkammerater 
2003
Lou Steenbergen, Koeboe de Koe 
2003
John F. Schreyer, Suddenly 
2004
Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82 
2004
David Gould, Art and Design: After Samuel Palmer 
2004
Phyllis Yuse, Gaslight 
2004
Stanislaw Gronkowski, Zobaczymy sie w niedziele 
2004
Claire Wilbur, Score 
2004
Gary Ballman, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles 
2004
Len Murray, A Progress Through Politics 
2005
Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913) 
2005
William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (b. 1918) 
2005
Paul Ricoeur, Philosophie et vérité 
2005
J.D. Cannon, Cool Hand Luke 
2005
Tino Pascali, Chronicle of a Boy Alone 
2005
Harriet Medin, The Terminator 
2005
Marie E. Johnston, Frank and Ollie 
2006
Tommy Watt, The Night We Got the Bird 
2006
Miodrag Jovanovic, Video sam - Video si 
2006
Hedwig Hoefmans, Bert & Bertje 
2006
Abram S. Ginnes, Ain't We Got Fun 
2006
J.W.A. Buyers, Then There Were None 
2006
Zoe Rae, The Star Prince 
2006
Anna Ciepielewska, Passenger 
2006
Sanaa Younes, September 11 
2006
Bennah Burton-Burtt, From Beyond 
2007
Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914) 
2007
Mario Mazzone, Episode dated 7 October 2005 
2007
Wolfgang Gasser, The Inheritors 
2007
William Peters, A Class Divided 
2007
Davis Simanis, Three to Dance 
2007
Ron Presson, Teenage Bride 
2007
Slim DeGrey, Wake in Fright 
2007
Pavel Hobl, Fantazie pro levou ruku a lidske svedomi 
2007
Ben Weisman, Se7en 
2007
Barbie Langmack, Winners Take All 
2007
Irv Zeiger, Funny Old Guys 
2007
Valentina Leonteva, Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi! 
2008
Hamilton Jordan, former Carter White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944) 
2008
Jeff Bodart, Y a pas d'âge pour s'aimer 
2008
Margot Boyd, Casualty Ward 
2008
Hamilton Jordan, Episode dated 30 October 2005 
2008
Gabriel Byer, Fast Sofa 
2008
Gellért Raksányi, Episode #1.320 
2008
Evelyn Moriarty, Movie Movie 
2008
Viktor Bortsov, Pokrov Gates 
2008
Ullastina Rettig, Frestelse 
2008
Joachim Erwin, Episode #1.2651 
2009
Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924) 
2009
Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980) 
2009
Ivaylo Dzhambazov, Rezervat za rozovi pelikani 
2009
Oleg Yankovskiy, Nostalgia 
2009
Lucy Gordon, Spider-Man 3 
2009
Arthur Erickson, Intersection 
2009
Randi Lindtner Næss, Den stundesløse 
2009
Tito Resendiz, El anillo 
2009
Simon Oates, The Terrornauts 
2010
Gesang, Bengawan solo 
2011
Randy Savage, American Pro-Wrestler (b. 1952) 
2011
Jack Totheroh, Chaplin 
2011
Steve Rutt, Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night 
2011
Noelle Atwood, Jackson Horn 
2011
Béla Bugár, Valahol Magyarországon 
2011
Randy Savage, Spider-Man 
2011
John Schuman, Stake Land 
2011
Wally Hooper Jr., Night School 
2011
Don Krim, Greed 
2011
Donald Krim, Bugs Bunny Superstar 
2012
Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60 
2012
Robin Gibb, British singer song-writer, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62 
2012
Christoph Hemrich, Bruderliebe 
2012
Sultana Zaman, Joar Elo 
2012
Carrie Smith, Black and Blue 
2012
Robin Gibb, Good Will Hunting 
2012
Howard S. Richmond, John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick 
2012
Robert Nix, Lost in Translation 
2012
Raul Rojas, Flash of Color, Flash of Death 
2013
Harry Schuh, AFL-NFL World Championship Game 
2013
Ray Manzarek, The X Files 
2013
Laurent Goldztejn, Drôles d'oiseaux 
2013
Anders Eliasson, Lilya 4-Ever 
2013
Rupert Dilnott-Cooper, Episode #1.4 
2014
Barbara Murray, Passport to Pimlico 
2014
Jeff Wood, The Blackness 
2014
Prince Rupert Loewenstein, The Rolling Stones: Bridges to Babylon Tour '97-98 
2014
Chris Winder, Angel Without Wings 
2014
Andrae Noel, Waters Rising 
2014
Arthur Gelb, Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film 
2015
Bob Belden, Analyze That 
2015
Deborah Latham, Good Night, and Good Luck. 
2015
Eileen Gray, Episode dated 24 July 2012 
2015
Steve Snapp, The Officials for Miami losing the 2003 Fiesta Bowl 
2015
Andreja Blagojevic, Fiabe metropolitane 
2015
Sudha Shivpuri, Outsourced 
2015
Jackie Basehart, The Inglorious Bastards 
2015
Brian Cubbon, The Dark Department 
2015
Mary Ellen Trainor, Die Hard 
2015
Jan Prochyra, Fetysz 
2016
Marco Pannella, maverick Italian post-war politician, dies aged 86 
2016
Morley Safer, longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, dies aged 84 
2016
Novelist and euthanasia advocate Gillian Mears dies aged 51 
2016
Original Beastie Boys' member John Berry dies aged 52 
2017
Bollywood's 'favourite mother' Reema Lagoo dies aged 59 
2017
US war photographer Stanley Greene dies aged 68 
2018
South Korea's LG Group chairman Koo Bon-moo dies at 73 
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