Famous Deaths on December 6

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343 Saint Nicholas [Nikolaos of Myra], Greek Bishop who became the model for Santa Claus, dies at 73

Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra Saint Nicholas
Christian Saint and Greek Bishop of Myra
Saint Nicholas
  • 1185 Afonso I, the Conqueror, king of Portugal (1143-85), dies at 76
  • 1352 Clement VI, [Pierre Roger], Pope (1342-52), dies
  • 1531 John Volkertsz Trimaker, Dutch anabaptist leader, beheaded
  • 1550 Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Flemish painter, dies at 48
  • 1562 Jan van Scorel, Dutch painter/architect, dies
  • 1598 Elbertus Leoninus, Dutch lawyer/politician, dies at about 78
  • 1618 Jacques-Davy Duperron, French cardinal (b. 1556)
  • 1640 Matthijs Elsevier, Flemish/Dutch book publisher/merchant, dies at 75
  • 1651 Anna Roemers Visscher, Dutch poetess, dies at 68
  • 1658 Baltasar Gracian, Spanish writer, dies at 57
  • 1716 Benedictus Buns, Dutch Carmelite and composer (b. 1642)
  • 1718 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (Tamerlane) Poet Laureate (1715-18), dies at 45
  • 1746 Lady Grizel Baillie, Scottish songwriter (b. 1665)
  • 1771 Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (b. 1682)
  • 1779 Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter (b. 1699)
  • 1788 Jonathan Shipley, British bishop and politician (b. 1714)
  • 1793 Marie Jeanne Becu comtesse du Barry, mistress of Louis XV, beheaded
  • 1799 Joseph Black, Scottish medical/chemist/physicist, dies at 71
  • 1834 Jonas Daniel Meyer, Dutch lawyer, dies at 54
  • 1855 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (b. 1789)
  • 1865 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (Arreglito), dies at 56
  • 1867 Giovanni Pacini, composer, dies at 71
  • 1867 Jean Pierre Flourens, French physician (b. 1794)
  • 1868 August Schleicher, German linguist (b. 1821)
  • 1869 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/author (People's Welfare), dies at 54
  • 1873 Manuel Acuna, Mexican poet (Ante un Cadaver), dies at 24
  • 1879 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American industrialist (b. 1814)
  • 1882 A Trollope, writer, dies
  • 1882 Alfred Escher, Swiss politician and railroad entrepreneur (b. 1819)

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1889 Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America (1861-65), dies at 81

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1889 Joseph H "Jozef" Neuhuys, painter, dies at 48
  • 1892 E Werner von Siemens, German industrialist (Siemens AG), dies at 75
  • 1903 Frederick Grant Gleason, composer, dies at 54
  • 1914 Eduard Jacobs, Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 47
  • 1920 Karel Kovarovic, composer, dies at 57
  • 1924 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)
  • 1925 Dat So la Lee "Dabuda" or Louise Keyser, Native American (Washoe) basket weaver dies aged about 96
  • 1926 Claude [Oscar] Monet, French painter (impressionist), dies at 86
  • 1933 Auguste Chapuis, composer, dies at 75
  • 1934 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1863)
  • 1940 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • 1943 Firmin Baes, Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • 1943 Hermann Lohr, composer, dies at 72
  • 1946 Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg, composer, dies at 63

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1949 Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • 1951 J Edward Bromberg, dies at 47
  • 1951 Harold Ross, American magazine editor (b. 1892)
  • 1953 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48

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1955 Honus Wagner, baseball player, dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1956 Dr. Bhimji Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Minister of Law and architect of The Constitution of India (b. 1891)
  • 1957 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • 1958 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, dies at 62
  • 1959 Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • 1961 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and writer (b. 1925)
  • 1963 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flem philologist (Language Boundary), dies at 81
  • 1964 Consuelo Vanderbilt (b. 1877)
  • 1965 Alberto Vaccari, Italian jesuit/old testament scholar, dies at 90
  • 1966 Hermann Heiss, composer, dies at 68
  • 1970 Thomas S Power, USAF-gen (Raid on Tokyo-March 1945), dies at 65
  • 1971 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • 1971 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • 1972 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • 1973 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • 1973 Robert A Watson-Watt, Scottish developer of the radar in WWII, dies at 81
  • 1976 João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 1983 Lucienne Boyer, French singer (b. 1903)
  • 1984 Ruth Cummings, actress (Daybreak, Dream of Love), dies at 90
  • 1985 Burleigh Grimes, US baseball pitcher, dies at 92
  • 1985 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • 1986 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • 1987 James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies
  • 1988 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • 1988 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • 1989 Frances Beauvier, actress (Aunt Bee, Mayberry), dies at 86
  • 1989 Sammy Fain, composer, dies at 87
  • 1989 John Payne, American movie actor ("Miracle on 34th St") dies aged 77
  • 1989 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76

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1990 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), dies at 87

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1991 Ann Sorg Coston, actress (Anna-Aldrich Family), dies at 62
  • 1991 Headman Tshabalala, South African singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), shot and killed at 44
  • 1992 Hank Worden, actor (Red River), dies of natural causes at 91
  • 1992 Percy Herbert, actor (Capt Apache), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1993 Don Ameche, actor (Cocoon), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • 1993 Prof Wolfgang Paul, German physicist (Nobel 1989), dies at 80
  • 1993 Rita Macedo, actress (Divinas Palabras), dies of heart attack at 65
  • 1993 Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • 1994 AJ Bronkhorst, vicar/theologist (Reform The Netherlands), dies at 80
  • 1994 Alan Owen, English screenplay/actor (Hard Day's Night), dies at 69
  • 1994 Gian Maria Volonte, actresss (Fistful of Dollars), dies at 61
  • 1995 Dmitri Antonovitch Volkogonov, soldier/historian, dies at 67
  • 1995 James "Scotty" Barrett Reston, journalist, dies at 86
  • 1995 John Trevor Key, photographer, dies at 48
  • 1995 Kathleen Harrison, actress (Fast Lady, Big Money), dies at 103
  • 1995 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist, dies at 97
  • 1995 [Schaff] Claire Polin, composer, dies at 69
  • 1996 Bryan Clieve Roberts, lawyer/civil servant, dies at 83

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1996 [Alvin] Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner, dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1997 Alan Mouncer, film director/producer, dies at 68
  • 1997 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91
  • 1997 Eliot Daniel, composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • 2000 Werner Klemperer, German-born actor (Hogan's Heroes), dies at 80
  • 2001 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • 2001 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Philip Berrigan, American civil rights activist (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 2003 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Devan Nair, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • 2006 John Feeney, Documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite (b. 1983)
  • 2010 Mark Dailey, Canadian television journalist and announcer (b. 1953)
  • 2011 Dobie Gray, American musician and singer ("Drift Away"), dies at 71
  • 2013 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • 2015 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • 2016 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), dies at 92