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

  1. 460 - Aelia Eudocia, Byzantine Empress
  2. 1570 - João de Barros, Portuguese historian (b. 1496)
  3. 1631 - Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)
  4. 1640 - John Ball, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1585)
  5. 1652 - Antonio Coello, Spanish writer
  6. 1713 - Archibald Pitcairne, Scottish physician (b. 1652)
  7. 1740 - Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1685)
  8. 1865 - Champ Ferguson, Confederate guerilla
  9. 1890 - Sir Richard Burton, British explorer and writer (b. 1821)
  10. 1900 - Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (b. 1846)
  11. 1910 - David B. Hill, Governor of New York (b. 1843)
  12. 1920 - Max Bruch, German composer (b. 1838)
  13. 1926 - Eugene Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (b. 1855)
  14. 1935 - Arthur Henderson, Scottish politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1863)
  15. 1936 - Anne Sullivan, American teacher (b. 1866)
  16. 1964 - Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States (b. 1874)
  17. 1967 - Yoshida Shigeru, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1878)
  18. 1968 - Bud Flanagan, British wartime entertainer (b. 1896)
  19. 1972 - Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (b. 1885)
  20. 1977 - Members of the American rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash:
  21. Cassie Gaines (b. 1948)
  22. Steve Gaines (b. 1949)
  23. Ronnie Van Zant (b. 1948)
  24. 1983 - Peter Dudley, British actor
  25. 1983 - Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  26. 1984 - Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)
  27. 1984 - Paul Dirac, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  28. 1987 - Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  29. 1988 - Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (b. 1922)
  30. 1989 - Anthony Quayle, English actor (b. 1913)
  31. 1990 - Joel McCrea, American actor (b. 1905)
  32. 1994 - Burt Lancaster, American actor (b. 1913)
  33. 1995 - Christopher Stone, American actor (b. 1942)
  34. 2001 - Ted Ammon, American financier (b. 1949)
  35. 2002 - Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  36. 2003 - Jack Elam, American actor (b. 1918)
  37. 2004 - Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  38. 2004 - Chuck Hiller, baseball player (b. 1934)
  39. 2005 - Shirley Horn, American singer (b. 1934)
  40. 2005 - Endon Mahmood, First Lady of Malaysia (breast cancer) (b. 1941)
  41. 2005 - Eva Svankmajerova, Czech artist (b. 1940)
  42. 2006 - Jane Wyatt, American actress (b. 1910)