Deaths in History 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
  • 1718 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (Tamerlane) Poet Laureate (1715-18), dies at 45
  • 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, dies at 66
  • 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

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1892 [Ernst] Werner von Siemens, German inventor and industrialist (siemens electrical conductance unit and Siemens corporation), dies at 75

Industrialist and Inventor Werner von Siemens
Industrialist and Inventor
Werner von Siemens
  • 1914 Eduard Jacobs, Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 47
  • 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
  • 1934 Duke Charles Michael of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1863)
  • 1943 Firmin Baes, Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • 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
  • 1956 B. R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, dies after suffering from diabetes at 65
  • 1957 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • 1961 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and philosopher (The Wretched of the Earth), dies of leukemia at 36
  • 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
  • 1970 Thomas S Power, American USAF-gen (Raid on Tokyo-March 1945), dies at 65
  • 1971 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • 1973 Robert A Watson-Watt, Scottish developer of the radar in WWII, dies at 81
  • 1976 João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 1985 Burr Tillstrom, puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • 1986 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22

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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
  • 1993 Prof Wolfgang Paul, German physicist (Nobel 1989), dies at 80
  • 1993 Rouaz Lakhdar, Algerian supreme court justice, murdered
  • 1994 AJ Bronkhorst, vicar/theologist (Reform The Netherlands), dies at 80
  • 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 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist, dies at 97
  • 1996 Bryan Clieve Roberts, lawyer/civil servant, dies at 83
  • 1997 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91
  • 2002 Philip Berrigan, American civil rights activist (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • 2005 Devan Nair, 3rd President of Singapore (b. 1923)
  • 2006 John Feeney, Documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Mark Dailey, Canadian television journalist and announcer (b. 1953)