Deaths in History 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
  • 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, dies at 70
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1783 Willem Bachiene, vicar/theologist/geography/astronomer, dies at 70
  • 1794 Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, British politician (b. 1714)
  • 1815 James A. Bayard (elder), United States Senator from Delaware (b. 1767)
  • 1820 M A Elisa Bonaparte, Corsican monarch of Lucca, dies at 43, dies
  • 1828 Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman
  • 1850 Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805)
  • 1862 Francisco Acuna de Figueroa, Uruguay national anthem, dies at 71
  • 1866 John Mason Neale, English divine, scholar and hymnwriter (b. 1818)
  • 1881 James Springer White, American theologian (co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), dies at 60
  • 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)
  • 1900 Wilhelm Liebknecht, German journalist/socialist, dies at 74
  • 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)
  • 1937 Annie E F Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre), dies at 76
  • 1937 Ferdinand CS Schiller, British philosopher (Mind!), dies at 72
  • 1945 Hiram Johnson, American progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), dies at 78
  • 1945 Prince Wu of Korea (b. 1912)
  • 1954 Theo[by] Van Reijn, sculptor/drawer/lithograph, dies at 70 [or 8/10]
  • 1961 Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
  • 1965 Aksel Sandemose, writer, dies
  • 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

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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

  • 1978 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • 1978 Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • 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 (WWII), dies at 91
  • 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 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
  • 1991 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • 1991 Roland Michener, Canadian politician and governor general (b. 1900)
  • 1993 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Paul James Nunn, mountaineer, dies at 52
  • 1996 Buland Al Haidary, poet, dies at 69
  • 1996 Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • 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 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • 2002 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist (b. 1911)
  • 2012 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • 2012 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • 2016 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-950, dies at 92