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

  1. 985 - Pope Boniface VII
  2. 1031 - King Robert II of France (b. 972)
  3. 1156 - Emperor Toba of Japan (1103)
  4. 1160 - Peter Lombard, French theologian
  5. 1320 - King Oshin of Armenia (b. 1282)
  6. 1351 - Margaretha Ebner, German visionary (b. 1291)
  7. 1387 - Robert IV of Artois, Count of Eu (poisoned) (b. 1356)
  8. 1398 - Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, heir to the throne of England (b. 1374)
  9. 1453 - Enguerrand de Monstrelet, French chronicler
  10. 1454 - King John II of Castile (b. 1405)
  11. 1524 - Claude of France, wife of Louis XII of France (b. 1499)
  12. 1616 - Hugh O'Neill, 3rd Earl of Tyrone, English soldier
  13. 1704 - Peregrine White, first English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1620)
  14. 1752 - Johann Christoph Pepusch, German composer (b. 1667)
  15. 1816 - Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  16. 1866 - Bernhard Riemann, German mathematician (b. 1826)
  17. 1870 - Jules de Goncourt, French writer (b. 1830)
  18. 1897 - Jean Ingelow, English poet (b. 1820)
  19. 1901 - William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (b. 1840)
  20. 1903 - Pope Leo XIII (b. 1810)
  21. 1908 - Demetrius Vikelas, Greek International Olympic Committee president (b. 1835)
  22. 1922 - Andrey Markov, Russian mathematician (b. 1856)
  23. 1923 - Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary (b. 1878)
  24. 1926 - Felix Edmundovich Dzerzhinskiy, head of the Soviet secret police (b. 1877)
  25. 1927 - King Ferdinand of Romania (b. 1865)
  26. 1937 - Guglielmo Marconi, Italian inventor, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1874)
  27. 1941 - Lew Fields, American vaudeville performer (b. 1867)
  28. 1944 - Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  29. 1945 - Paul Valéry, French author and poet (b. 1871)
  30. 1951 - King Abdullah I of Jordan (b. 1882)
  31. 1951 - Friedrich Wilhelm Hohenzollern, Crown Prince of Germany (b. 1882)
  32. 1953 - Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  33. 1953 - Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  34. 1959 - William D. Leahy, American admiral (b. 1875)
  35. 1967 - Albert Lutuli, South African civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  36. 1973 - Bruce Lee, American actor and martial artist (b. 1940)
  37. 1982 - Okot p'Bitek, Ugandan poet (b. 1931)
  38. 1983 - Frank Reynolds, American television news anchor (b. 1923)
  39. 1990 - Herbert Jenkins, Atlanta's longest serving police chief (b. 1907)
  40. 1991 - Earl Robinson, American singer and composer (b. 1910)
  41. 1993 - Vincent Foster Jr., White House deputy counsel (b. 1945)
  42. 1997 - John Akii-Bua, Ugandan hurdler (b. 1949)
  43. 1999 - Sandra Gould, American actress (b. 1916)
  44. 2000 - Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (b. 1941)
  45. 2003 - Nicolas Freeling, English writer (b. 1927)
  46. 2004 - Adi Lady Lala Mara, Fiji chieftainess, wife of Kamisese Mara (b. 1931)
  47. 2005 - James Doohan, Canadian-born actor (b. 1920)
  48. 2005 - Charles Chibitty, World War II Comanche code talker (b. 1921)
  49. 2005 - Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian politician (b. 1926)
  50. 2005 - Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
  51. 2005 - Alfred Hayes, British-born wrestling announcer (b. 1928)
  52. 2006 - Gérard Oury, French filmmaker (b. 1919)