Famous Deaths on August 6

  • 258 Saint Sixtus II, bishop of Rome (257-58), beheaded
  • 523 Hormisdas, Pope (514-23), dies
  • 966 Berengarius II, markgraaf of Ivrea/king of Italy (950-963)
  • 1162 Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona
  • 1195 Henry de Leeuw, duke of Saxon/Bayern, dies
  • 1221 Dominicus, Italian religious order founder (Dominicans)
  • 1272 Stefanus V, prince of Transylvania/king of Hungary (1270-72), dies
  • 1414 King Ladislas of Naples (b. 1377)
  • 1458 Callixtus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58), dies at 79
  • 1548 Georg Rhau/Rhaw, German cantor/composer/music publisher, dies
  • 1623 Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, dies
  • 1628 Johannes Junius, Mayor of Bamberg (b. 1573)

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1637 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet, dies at 65

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1645 Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex, English merchant (b. 1575)
  • 1657 Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Polish-Lithuanian noble
  • 1660 Diego Rodriguez de Silva Valezquez, Spanish (court)painter, dies at 61
  • 1661 Jacqueline-M-A the Sainte Madeleine Arnauld, French abbess, dies
  • 1666 Tsjerk H de Vries, fleet guardian, dies in Battle at 43
  • 1679 John Snell, English royalist (b. 1629)
  • 1686 Paul Hainlein, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1695 François de Harlay de Champvallon, French Catholic archbishop (b. 1625)
  • 1718 Jacob F Muller, [Sjako/Jaco], Germ/Neth crowd leader, beheaded at 28
  • 1727 Francois Valentijn, vicar/writer, dies at 61
  • 1746 Christian VI, king of Denmark/Norway, dies
  • 1753 Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (struck by lightning) (b. 1711)
  • 1759 Eugene Aram, English philologist (b. 1704)
  • 1775 Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber, composer, dies at 72
  • 1783 Willem Bachiene, vicar/theologist/geography/astronomer, dies at 70
  • 1784 Karl Kohaut, Austrian composer and lutenist, dies at 57
  • 1794 Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, British politician (b. 1714)
  • 1799 Joseph Friebert, composer, dies at 74
  • 1815 James A. Bayard (elder), United States Senator from Delaware (b. 1767)
  • 1816 Karl Frieberth, composer, dies at 80
  • 1820 Antonin Vranicky, composer, dies at 59
  • 1820 M A Elisa Bonaparte, Corsican monarch of Lucca, dies at 43, dies
  • 1821 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, composer, dies at 64
  • 1828 Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman
  • 1848 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1850 Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805)
  • 1853 Josif Josifovich Genishta, composer, dies at 57
  • 1862 Francisco Acuna de Figueroa, Uruguay national anthem, dies at 71
  • 1866 John Mason Neale, English divine, scholar and hymnwriter (b. 1818)
  • 1881 James White, co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (b. 1821)
  • 1884 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (b. 1812)
  • 1886 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • 1893 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)
  • 1895 George Frederick Root, composer, dies at 74
  • 1900 Wilhelm Liebknecht, German journalist/socialist, dies at 74
  • 1904 Eduard Hanslick, Austrian music critic (b. 1825)
  • 1914 Ellen Axson Wilson, US 1st Lady (1913-14), dies during Woodrow Wilson's 1st term of Bright's Disease at 54
  • 1920 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator, first flight in independent Poland (b. 1890)
  • 1924 John Henry Roberts, composer, dies at 76
  • 1928 William Henry Grattan Flood, composer, dies at 68
  • 1931 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In Mist), dies at 29
  • 1935 Alexander Gustav Adolfovich Winkler, composer, dies at 70
  • 1937 Annie E F Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre), dies at 76
  • 1937 Ferdinand CS Schiller, British philosopher (Mind!), dies at 72
  • 1938 Warner Oland, actor (Werewolf of London, Jazz Singer), dies at 57
  • 1943 Tom Garrett, cricketer (last survivor of 1st Test in 1877), dies
  • 1945 Hiram Johnson, American progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), dies at 78
  • 1945 Prince Wu of Korea (b. 1912)
  • 1946 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • 1954 Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
  • 1959 Preston Sturges, [Edmund Biden], US director/screenwriter, dies at 60
  • 1961 Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
  • 1963 Tom Keene, actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1964 Cedric Hardwicke, actor (Capt Hook-Peter Pan), dies at 71
  • 1965 Aksel Sandemose, writer, dies
  • 1965 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), dies of apparent suicide with barbiturates at 55
  • 1965 Nancy Carroll, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 60
  • 1965 Peter Ronnefeld, composer, dies at 30
  • 1966 Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, sci-fi author (Space Lords), dies at 53
  • 1966 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 1968 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • 1969 Theodor Adorno, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 65
  • 1970 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58

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1973 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, Cuban Dictator (1940-58), dies at 72

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1973 Memphis Minnie, American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1974 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1925)
  • 1976 Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist, dies at 73
  • 1978 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • 1978 Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • 1979 Kurt Kasznar, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
  • 1980 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • 1983 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • 1986 Emilio Fernandez, director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), dies at 82
  • 1986 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • 1986 William J Schroeder, (longest-survivor with permanent artificial) heart, dies at 54, after 620 days with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
  • 1987 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WW II), dies at 91
  • 1987 Sherwood Bailey, actor (Spud-Our Gang), dies
  • 1988 Anatoli S Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • 1988 J Skelly Wright, US judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77
  • 1990 Charles Arnt, actor (Double Exposure), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 1990 Gordon Metcalfe, actor (Monster in the Closet), dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1990 Jacques Soustelle, Fren ethnology/minister of Information, dies at 78
  • 1990 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), dies at 62
  • 1990 Robert Alex, shot to death by robber at 31

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1991 Harry Reasoner, newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 68

Journalist Harry Reasoner
Journalist
Harry Reasoner
  • 1991 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • 1991 Roland Michener, Canadian politician and governor general (b. 1900)
  • 1993 Milton "Milt" Thompson, US NASA-test pilot/chief-engineer, dies at 67
  • 1994 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • 1995 Paul James Nunn, mountaineer, dies at 52
  • 1995 Youly Algaroff, ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • 1996 Buland Al Haidary, poet, dies at 69
  • 1996 Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • 1996 Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • 1996 Muhammad al-Badr, magnate of Northern Yemen (1962), dies
  • 1996 Ossie Raymond Clark, fashion designer, dies at 54
  • 1996 Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist, dies at 83
  • 1998 Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • 2001 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Dorothy Tutin, English actress (b. 1930)
  • 2001 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • 2002 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)

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2004 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • 2005 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Keter Betts, American jazz bassist (b. 1928)
  • 2005 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini, Omen, Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers, solo) (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • 2009 John Hughes, American film director (b. 1950)
  • 2009 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 2011 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist (b. 1911)
  • 2012 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, diest at 68
  • 2012 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • 2012 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer/violinist, dies from heart failure at 94
  • 2012 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74

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2015 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, dies at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 2016 Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59), dies at 86
  • 2016 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-950, dies at 92