Famous People Who Died on May 20Th in History

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Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

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What Happened on this Day in History?

526 – An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria andAntiochia

1631 – The city of Magdeburg in Germany is seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of theThirty Year’s War

1813 – Napoleon Bonaparte leads his French troops into the Battle of Bautzen in Saxony, Germany, against the combined armies of Russia and Prussia. The battle ends the next day with a Frenchvictory

1940 – Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz

1949 – In the United States, the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor to the National Security Agency, isestablished


1451-1506 – Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, 1492 founder of the New World or America

1819-1896 – Clara Schumann was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital and the tastes of the listening public. Her husband was the composer Robert Schumann.

1859-1909 – Ernest Hogan, American comedian and musician, one of the creators of ragtime

1871-1946 – Jacob Ellehammer, Danish inventor who invented his own version of the helicopter

1890-1949 – Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction

1915-1961 – Josef “Pips” Priller was a German World War II fighter ace. He has become famous because of the publicity regarding his Focke-Wulf’s Fw 190A-8’s single strafing pass attack on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), accompanied by his wingman Heinz Wodarczyk. This act was first brought to the world’s attention by the book, and then the film, The Longest Day

1946-1989 – Gilda Radner was an American comedian and actress, best known as one of the original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978

1958-1992 – Roger Keith Coleman was a Grundy, Virginia, coal miner convicted and executed for the murder of his sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. Coleman’s case drew national and worldwide attention before and after his execution because of his repeated claims of innocence and support from the anti- death-penalty movement. In 2006, Virginia Governor Mark Warner announced that recently re-examined DNA evidence had conclusively proven Coleman’s guilt

1970-2000 – Malik Sealy, American basketball player, NBA basketball player who died in a car accident

2009 – Lucy Gordon, British model and actress who committed suicide at the age of 28

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing





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