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

  1. 870 - King Edmund of East Anglia
  2. 1316 - King John I of France (d. 1316)
  3. 1437 - Thomas Langley, bishop of Durham, cardinal and lord chancellor (b. 1363)
  4. 1518 - Marmaduke Constable, English soldier
  5. 1518 - Pierre de La Rue, Flemish composer
  6. 1529 - Karl von Miltitz, papal nuncio
  7. 1591 - Christopher Hatton, English politician (b. 1540)
  8. 1612 - John Harington, English writer (b. 1561)
  9. 1651 - Mikolaj Potocki, Polish soldier (b. 1595)
  10. 1662 - Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands (b. 1614)
  11. 1695 - Zumbi, Brazilian runaway slave
  12. 1737 - Caroline of Ansbach, Queen of George II of Great Britain (b. 1683)
  13. 1742 - Melchior de Polignac, French diplomat (b. 1661)
  14. 1758 - Johan Helmich Roman, Swedish composer (b. 1694)
  15. 1764 - Christian Goldbach, Prussian mathematician (b. 1690)
  16. 1778 - Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit scientist (b. 1726)
  17. 1856 - Farkas Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1775)
  18. 1894 - Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist and composer (b. 1829)
  19. 1908 - Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (b. 1868)
  20. 1910 (N.S.) - Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (b. 1828)
  21. 1925 - Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (b. 1844)
  22. 1934 - Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (b. 1872)
  23. 1936 - Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist (b. 1896)
  24. 1936 - Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, Founder of the Falange. Executed by firing squad. (b. 1903)
  25. 1945 - Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1877)
  26. 1950 - Francesco Cilea, Italian composer (b. 1866)
  27. 1954 - Clyde Vernon Cessna, aviation pioneer (Cessna) (b. 1879)
  28. 1957 - Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist (d. 1875)
  29. 1973 - Allan Sherman, American comedian (b. 1924)
  30. 1975 - Francisco Franco, Head of State of Spain (1936-1975) (b. 1892)
  31. 1976 - Trofim Lysenko, Stalinist biologist (b. 1898)
  32. 1978 - Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  33. 1980 - John McEwen, eighteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1900)
  34. 1983 - Marcel Dalio, French actor (b. 1900)
  35. 1994 - John Lucarotti, TV writer (b. 1926)
  36. 1995 - Sergei Grinkov, Russian Olympic and World Figure Skating Champion, (b. 1967)
  37. 1997 - Dick Littlefield, baseball player (b. 1926)
  38. 1998 - Galina Starovoitova, Russian politician (b. 1946)
  39. 1999 - Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician and prime minister (b. 1908)
  40. 2000 - Mike Muuss, American computer programmer (b. 1958)
  41. 2000 - Kalle Päätalo, Finnish writer (b. 1919)
  42. 2003 - Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  43. 2003 - David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)
  44. 2003 - Eugene Kleiner, American entrepreneur (b. 1923)
  45. 2003 - Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  46. 2003 - Jim Siedow, American actor (b. 1920)
  47. 2003 - Kerem Yilmazer, Turkish actor (b. 1945)
  48. 2003 - Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  49. 2004 - David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  50. 2004 - Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  51. 2005 - Sheldon Gardner, American psychologist (b. 1934)
  52. 2005 - James King, American singer (b. 1925)
  53. 2005 - Chris Whitley, American musician (b. 1960)
  54. 2006 - Robert Altman, American film director (b. 1925)
  55. 2006 - Andre Waters, American football player (b. 1962)
  56. 2006 - Zoia Ceausescu, Romanian mathematician (b. 1950)