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

  1. 685 - King Ecgfrith of Northumbria (b. 645)
  2. 1277 - Pope John XXI (b. 1215)
  3. 1285 - John II of Jerusalem, King of Cyprus (b. 1259)
  4. 1444 - Saint Bernardino of Siena, Italian Franciscan missionary (b. 1380)
  5. 1503 - Lorenzo de Medici, Italian patron (b. 1463)
  6. 1506 - Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer (b. 1451)
  7. 1550 - Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun (b. 1510)
  8. 1622 - Osman II, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1604)
  9. 1648 - King Wladislaus IV of Poland (b. 1595)
  10. 1677 - George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (b. 1612)
  11. 1713 - Thomas Sprat, English writer (b. 1635)
  12. 1717 - John Trevor, British statesman (b. 1637)
  13. 1722 - Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (b. 1669)
  14. 1732 - Thomas Boston, Scottish church leader (b. 1676)
  15. 1782 - William Emerson, British mathematician (b. 1701)
  16. 1793 - Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist (b. 1720)
  17. 1834 - Gilbert du Motier, French statesman (b. 1757)
  18. 1841 - Joseph Blanco White, British theologian (b. 1775)
  19. 1873 - Sir George-√Čtienne Cartier, French-Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  20. 1896 - Clara Schumann, German pianist and composer (b. 1819)
  21. 1917 - Philipp von Ferrary, Italian philatelist (b. 1850)
  22. 1940 - Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1859)
  23. 1946 - Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor (b. 1871)
  24. 1947 - Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)
  25. 1956 - Max Beerbohm, English theater critic (b. 1872)
  26. 1971 - Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  27. 1975 - Barbara Hepworth, British sculptor (b. 1903)
  28. 1978 - Bjarne Brustad, Norwegian composer (b. 1895)
  29. 1989 - John Hicks, English economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  30. 1989 - Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (b. 1946)
  31. 1996 - Jon Pertwee, British actor (b. 1919)
  32. 2000 - Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  33. 2000 - Malik Sealy, American Basketball player
  34. 2001 - Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  35. 2002 - Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941)
  36. 2005 - Paul Ricoeur, French philosopher (b. 1913)
  37. 2005 - William Seawell, United States Army Brigadier General (b. 1918)
  38. 2006 - Cherd Songsri, Thai film director