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

  1. 1156 - Bishop Henry, patron saint of Finland
  2. 1479 - King John II of Aragon (b. 1397)
  3. 1568 - Myles Coverdale, English Bible translator
  4. 1612 - Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1552)
  5. 1666 - Anna of Austria, wife of Louis XIII of France and regent (b. 1601)
  6. 1707 - Humphrey Hody, English theologian (b. 1659)
  7. 1709 - François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France (b. 1624)
  8. 1739 - Francesco Galli-Bibiena, Italian architect/designer (b. 1659)
  9. 1745 - Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1697)
  10. 1751 - John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (b. 1665)
  11. 1770 - Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1722)
  12. 1779 - David Garrick, English actor (b. 1717)
  13. 1810 - Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (b. 1722)
  14. 1819 - King Charles IV of Spain (b. 1748)
  15. 1848 - Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
  16. 1850 - Adam Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (b. 1779)
  17. 1873 - The Venerable Father Basil Anthony Marie Moreau, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (b. 1799)
  18. 1891 - David Kalakaua, King of Hawaii (b. 1836)
  19. 1900 - John Ruskin, art critic (b. 1819)
  20. 1901 - Zénobe Gramme, Belgian engineer (b. 1826)
  21. 1907 - Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, Russian chemist (b. 1834)
  22. 1920 - Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (b. 1876)
  23. 1936 - King George V of the United Kingdom (b. 1865)
  24. 1944 - James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (b. 1860)
  25. 1947 - Josh Gibson, African-American baseball player (b. 1911)
  26. 1954 - Fred Root, English cricketer (b. 1890)
  27. 1962 - Robinson Jeffers, American poet (b. 1887)
  28. 1965 - Alan Freed, American disk jockey (b. 1922)
  29. 1979 - Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  30. 1971 - Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, American actor, director, writer, and producer (b. 1880)
  31. 1973 - Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)
  32. 1983 - Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (b. 1933)
  33. 1984 - Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (b. 1904)
  34. 1988 - Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Pashtun Nationalist & non-violent freedom fighter (b. 1890)
  35. 1990 - Hayedeh, Persian singer (b. 1942)
  36. 1990 - Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (b. 1907)
  37. 1993 - Audrey Hepburn, Anglo-Dutch actress (b. 1929)
  38. 1994 - Matt Busby, Scottish football manager (b. 1909)
  39. 1996 - Gerry Mulligan, American musician (b. 1927)
  40. 1997 - Curt Flood, baseball player (b. 1938)
  41. 1998 - Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  42. 2003 - Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (b. 1903)
  43. 2003 - Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  44. 2003 - Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  45. 2004 - Guinn Smith, American athlete (b. 1920)
  46. 2005 - Per Borten, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1913)
  47. 2005 - Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian
  48. 2005 - Jan Nowak-Jezioranski, Polish journalist, writer, and politician (b. 1913)
  49. 2005 - Miriam Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)