Famous Deaths on May 6

  • 523 Thrasamunde, king of Vandalen
  • 680 Muawiyah I, caliph (b. 602)
  • 988 Dirk II, West Frisian count of Holland
  • 1085 King Alfonso VI, of Leon conquered Toledo, dies
  • 1124 Balak, Emir of Aleppo, murdered
  • 1475 Dieric Bouts, Dutch painter, dies at about 64
  • 1502 James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)
  • 1527 Karel van Bourbon, military governor (Lombardije), dies at 37
  • 1540 Jean Luis Vives, Spanish theory/humanist/reformer, dies at 48
  • 1596 Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  • 1620 Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
  • 1631 Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician
  • 1638 Cornelius Jansen, theologian (Jansenism), dies
  • 1642 Frans Francken, the Younger, Flemish painter, dies on 61st birthday
  • 1666 Paul Siefert, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1678 Joseph de La Barre, composer, dies at 44
  • 1708 François de Laval, first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, dies at 85
  • 1727 Catharina I, Latvia tsarina of Russia, dies at about 42
  • 1739 Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed), dies at 63
  • 1757 Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  • 1757 Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (b. 1683)
  • 1757 Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (b. 1684)
  • 1776 James Kent, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1794 Jean-Jacques Beauvarget-Charpentier, composer, dies at 59
  • 1814 George Joseph Vogler, composer, dies at 64
  • 1836 Christian Ignatius Latrobe, composer, dies at 78
  • 1840 Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian president and independence leader (b. 1792)
  • 1841 John Thomson, composer, dies at 35
  • 1852 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, composer, dies at 75
  • 1856 William Hamilton, metaphysicist, dies
  • 1859 Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies

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1859 Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist, dies at 89

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt

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1862 Henry David Thoreau, US writer/pacifist (Walden Pond), dies at 44

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • 1864 Henry Livermore Abbott, US Union brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1864 Micah Jenkins, Confederate brig-general (friendly fire), dies at 28
  • 1877 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • 1882 Frederick Cavendish, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1882 Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1890 Hubert Leonard, composer, dies at 71
  • 1892 Ernest Guiraud, composer, dies at 54
  • 1904 Franz von Lenbach, German painter, dies at 67
  • 1910 Edward VII, King of England (1901-10), dies at 68
  • 1916 Dirk Bos, Dutch MP (Liberal), dies at 53
  • 1916 Earl Ross Drake, composer, dies at 50
  • 1919 Frank Lyman Baum, author (Wizard of Oz), dies at 62
  • 1924 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, poet/writer (socialism), dies at 47
  • 1936 Hans Jelmoli, composer, dies at 59
  • 1948 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • 1949 A L Ochse, cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies

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1949 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • 1950 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • 1951 Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)
  • 1952 Alberto Savinio, Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), dies at 60

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1952 Maria Montessori, Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

  • 1960 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • 1961 Lucian Blaga, philosopher/poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65
  • 1963 Monty Wooley, actor (Pied Piper, Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74
  • 1963 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1964 Harold Morris, composer, dies at 74
  • 1967 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  • 1971 Helene Weigel, Austrian/German actress (Metropolis), dies at 70
  • 1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • 1973 Ernest MacMillan, composer, dies at 79
  • 1975 József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83
  • 1976 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • 1978 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • 1978 Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61
  • 1982 Sam Baker, American actor, dies at 75
  • 1983 Kai Winding, American trombonist and jazz composer (b. 1922)
  • 1984 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • 1984 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • 1985 Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (b. 1968)

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1987 William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • 1989 Guy Williams, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)
  • 1990 Charles Farrell, actor (Vern-My Little Margie), dies at 89
  • 1991 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • 1991 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • 1991 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • 1991 Wilfrid Hyde-White, Brits actor (Peyton Place/140+ films), dies at 87
  • 1992 Jilly Rizzo, restauranteur/friend of Frank Sinatra, dies in a car crash at 75

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1992 Marlene Dietrich, [Maria Losch], actress (Angel), dies in Paris at 90

Singer/Actress Marlene Dietrich
Singer/Actress
Marlene Dietrich
  • 1992 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1921)
  • 1993 Ann Todd, actress (Things to Come, Danny Boy), dies of stroke at 84
  • 1993 Minnie Gentry, actress (Def by Temptation), dies in NY at 77
  • 1994 Fred Sadoff, actor (Quiet American), dies of AIDS at 67
  • 1994 Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59
  • 1994 Helen Lessore, English artist, dies at 86
  • 1994 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster, dies at 72
  • 1994 Moses Rosen, Romania's chief rabbi, dies at 81
  • 1995 Dona Maria Pia de Braganca, pretender to Port throne, dies at 88
  • 1995 Leanoard "Red" Truss, R&B singer, dies at 47
  • 1995 Nicholas Palmer, TV writer/producer, dies at 57
  • 1995 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 1995 Hilda Toledano (b. 1907)
  • 1996 Frank Hercules, writer, dies at 85
  • 1996 Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert, dies at 87
  • 1996 Joseph Stone, lawyer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Leon Joseph Suenens, cardinal, dies at 91
  • 1996 Michael Gerzon, mathematician, dies at 50
  • 2000 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • 2002 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • 2002 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • 2006 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2010 Robin Roberts, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2012 George Lindsey, American actor, dies at 83
  • 2013 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • 2014 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • 2014 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • 2014 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • 2015 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71
  • 2015 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92