Famous Deaths for 20th February 2024

1431 – Pope Martin V [Oddo Colonna] dies, (b. 1368)
1771 – Jean Jacques d’Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, dies at 92
1779 – Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, plant author and physician, dies at 71
1803 – Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), dies at 90
1904 – Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, dies at 83
1920 – Jacinta Marto, Portuguese saint and youngest witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fátima, dies in the flu epidemic at 9
1964 – R T Stanyforth, English cricket wicket-keeper (South Africa 1927-28), dies
1987 – Adrian Cruft, British composer, dies at 66
2010 – Alexander Haig Jr, American General and 59th Secretary of State (1981-82), dies from a staphylococcal infection at 85
2022 – Joni James [Joan Babbo], American pop singer (“Why Don’t You Believe Me?”; “How Important Can It Be?”), dies at 91

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