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

  1. 1246 - Mikhail of Chernigov, ruler of Kiev
  2. 1384 - King Louis I of Naples (b. 1339)
  3. 1460 - Gilles Binchois, Flemish composer
  4. 1586 - Chidiock Tichborne, English conspirator and poet (executed) (b. 1558)
  5. 1590 - Lodovico Agostini, Italian composer (b. 1534)
  6. 1625 - Heinrich Meibom, German historian and critic (b. 1555)
  7. 1627 - Jan Gruter, Dutch critic (b. 1560)
  8. 1630 - Claudio Saracini, Italian composer (b. 1586)
  9. 1639 - Johannes Meursius, Dutch classical scholar (b. 1579)
  10. 1643 - Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland, English politician and writer
  11. 1721 - Thomas Doggett, Irish actor
  12. 1803 - Robert Emmet, Irish patriot (b. 1780)
  13. 1815 - Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist (b. 1725)
  14. 1852 - Philander Chase, American university founder (b. 1775)
  15. 1863 - Jacob Grimm, German folklorist (b. 1785)
  16. 1884 - Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist (b.1802)
  17. 1898 - Theodor Fontane, German writer (b. 1819)
  18. 1906 - Robert R. Hitt, American politician (b. 1834)
  19. 1908 - Pablo de Sarasate, Spanish violinist and composer (b. 1844)
  20. 1932 - Wovoka, Paiute visionary
  21. 1946 - Raimu, French actor (b. 1883)
  22. 1947 - Fiorello LaGuardia, Mayor of New York City (b. 1882)
  23. 1957 - Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (b. 1865)
  24. 1971 - Giorgos Seferis, Greek writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1900)
  25. 1973 - Jim Croce, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  26. 1975 - Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  27. 1979 - LudvĂ­k Svoboda, President of Czechoslovakia (b. 1895)
  28. 1989 - Richie Ginther, American racing driver (b. 1930)
  29. 1993 - Erich Hartmann, German pilot (b. 1922)
  30. 1994 - Jules Styne, American songwriter (b. 1905)
  31. 1996 - Paul Erdos, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1913)
  32. 2000 - Gherman Titov, cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  33. 2003 - Lord Williams of Mostyn, British politician (b. 1941)
  34. 2003 - Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwe politician (b. 1922)
  35. 2004 - Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager (b. 1935)
  36. 2004 - Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  37. 2005 - Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian-Polish Nazi hunter (b. 1908)
  38. 2006 - Armin Jordan, Swiss conductor (b. 1932)
  39. 2006 - John W. Peterson, American songwriter (b. 1921)