The following is a list of notable world figures who died on February 20.

  1. 702 - Chan Bahlum II, king of the Maya state of Palenque (b. 635)
  2. 1154 - Saint Wulfric of Haselbury Plucknett
  3. 1171 - Conan IV, Duke of Brittany (b. 1138)
  4. 1194 - King Tancred of Sicily
  5. 1258 - Al-Musta'sim, last Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad
  6. 1408 - Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman (b. 1342)
  7. 1431 - Pope Martin V (b. 1368)
  8. 1513 - King Christian II of Denmark (b. 1455)
  9. 1524 - Tecún Umán, last leader of the Quiché-Maya in the northern highlands of Guatemala.
  10. 1579 - Nicholas Bacon, English politician (b. 1509)
  11. 1618 - Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
  12. 1626 - John Dowland, English composer and lutenist (b. 1563)
  13. 1762 - Tobias Mayer, German astronomer (b. 1723)
  14. 1771 - Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (b. 1678)
  15. 1773 - King Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia (b. 1701)
  16. 1778 - Laura Bassi, Italian scholar (b. 1711)
  17. 1790 - Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1741)
  18. 1803 - Marie Dumesnil, French actress (b. 1713)
  19. 1806 - Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  20. 1810 - Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean national hero (executed) (b. 1767)
  21. 1871 - Paul Kane, Irish-born painter (b. 1810)
  22. 1893 - P.G.T. Beauregard, American Confederate general (b. 1818)
  23. 1895 - Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist writer (b. 1818)
  24. 1907 - Henri Moissan, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
  25. 1916 - Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Swedish writer and pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1844)
  26. 1920 - Robert Peary, American explorer (b. 1856)
  27. 1961 - Percy Grainger, Australian composer (b. 1882)
  28. 1963 - Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  29. 1966 - Chester Nimitz, American admiral (b. 1885)
  30. 1968 - Anthony Asquith, British film director and writer (b. 1902)
  31. 1969 - Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor (b. 1883)
  32. 1970 - Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
  33. 1972 - Maria Goeppert-Mayer, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  34. 1972 - Walter Winchell, American journalist (b. 1897)
  35. 1975 - Robert Strauss, American politician and diplomat (b. 1918)
  36. 1976 - René Cassin, French judge, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1887)
  37. 1976 - Kathryn Kuhlman, American evangelist (b. 1907)
  38. 1980 - J.B. Rhine, American parapsychologist (b. 1895)
  39. 1981 - Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, magazine editor, socialite (b. 1904)
  40. 1983 - Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
  41. 1985 - Clarence Nash, American voice actor (b. 1904)
  42. 1992 - Roberto D'Aubuisson, Salvadoran politician (b. 1944)
  43. 1992 - Dick York, American actor (b. 1928)
  44. 1993 - Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1916)
  45. 1996 - Solomon Asch, American psychologist (b. 1907)
  46. 1996 - Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer (b. 1930)
  47. 1999 - Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  48. 1999 - Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  49. 2000 - Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
  50. 2001 - Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  51. 2003 - Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  52. 2003 - Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  53. 2003 - Harry Jacunski, American football player
  54. 2003 - Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  55. 2003 - Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistan Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
  56. 2005 - Pam Bricker, jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  57. 2005 - Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
  58. 2005 - John Raitt, American actor (b. 1917)
  59. 2005 - Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (b. 1937)
  60. 2005 - Tom Willmore, English gemoeter (b. 1919)
  61. 2006 - Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (b. 1919)
  62. 2006 - Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)