Deaths in History on January 6

  • 664 Amr ibn al-A'as, Arab general (bc. 583)
  • 1088 Berengarius of Tours, French theologist, dies
  • 1275 Raymundus of Penafort, Spanish church law scholar, dies
  • 1374 Andreas Corsini, Italian saint/bishop of Fiesole, dies
  • 1425 Jan of Bavaria, liege of Holland/bishop/duke, dies
  • 1448 Christopher III, king of Denmark/Norway/Sweden, dies
  • 1481 Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Golden Horde (1465-1481)
  • 1536 Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect/painter, dies
  • 1541 Bernard van Orley, Flemish royal painter of Hungary, dies at about 52
  • 1592 John Casimir of Simmern, German prince and regent for his nephew, Elector Frederick IV (b. 1543)
  • 1616 Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur (bc. 1550)
  • 1646 Elias Hill, German architect of Augsburg, dies at 72
  • 1689 Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1617)
  • 1693 Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey), dies at 51
  • 1694 Francesco Morosini, Italian army general, dies
  • 1702 Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies [NS=Jan 17]
  • 1718 Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)
  • 1718 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  • 1725 Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Jap playwright (Yotsugi Soga), dies at about 71
  • 1731 Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist (b. 1672)
  • 1734 John Dennis, English dramatist whose thunder was stolen (b. 1657)
  • 1785 Haym Salomon, dies in Philadelphia at 44, helped finance the revolution
  • 1799 W G Frederik, prince of Orange/general, dies at 25
  • 1813 Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general (b. 1764)
  • 1840 Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist (b. 1752)

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1852 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, dies of tuberculosis at 43

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • 1855 Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (b. 1779)
  • 1882 Richard Henry Dana, U.S. novelist (Two Years Before the Mast) (b. 1815)

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1884 Gregor Mendel, Austrian monk and geneticist (discoverer of laws of heredity), dies at 61

Monk/Geneticist Gregor Mendel
Monk/Geneticist
Gregor Mendel
  • 1884 Paul Taglioni, "the Great," Ital/Austrian choreographer, dies at 75
  • 1885 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, dies at 72
  • 1913 Frederick Hitch, English Victoria Cross Winner (b. 1856)
  • 1917 Hendrik P G Quack, lawyer/economist (Bank of Neth), dies at 82
  • 1918 Georg F L P Cantor, German mathematician: collection, dies at 72

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1919 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), dies in NY at 60

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1919 Max Heindel, Danish astrologer and mystic (b. 1865)
  • 1922 Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (algebraic geometry and invariant theory), dies at 79
  • 1929 Nicolas Nikolayevitch, grand-duke of Russia, dies at 72
  • 1935 George P Baker, US playwright (Dramatic Technique), dies at 68
  • 1937 André Besette, Canadian religious figure (b. 1845)
  • 1941 Franz Hessel, German writer, dies at 60
  • 1944 Ida Tarbell, American journalist (b. 1857)
  • 1945 Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (b. 1863)
  • 1950 Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • 1958 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
  • 1960 Edith Barstow, choreographer (Frankie Laine Time), dies at 52
  • 1960 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Scope & Means), dies at 68
  • 1961 Regina Ullmann, writer, dies at 76
  • 1962 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • 1963 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • 1964 Edgar Maass, German/US author (Verdun), dies at 67

  • 1965 John Larkin, dir (Circumstanial Evidence), dies of heart attack at 52
  • 1967 Arnhem "Tata" Joseph Weiss, "the Zigeunerbaron," buried
  • 1968 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • 1972 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • 1974 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican sculptor/muralist, dies at 77
  • 1978 John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • 1981 A[rchibald] J[oseph] Cronin, physician/author (Citadel), dies at 84
  • 1981 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (b. 1896)
  • 1984 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • 1985 Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • 1986 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • 1989 Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign
  • 1991 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1992 Avon Jaeger Hill, entertainer, dies of cancer at 44
  • 1993 Elisabeth, arch duch of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein, dies at 70
  • 1994 "Iron" Adriaan van Es, Dutch undersec of Navy (1963-72), dies at 80
  • 1994 Morty the Moose, (Northern Exposure), dies at 6
  • 1994 Virginia Kelley Clinton, Mother of President Clinton, dies at 70
  • 1995 Edward Sutcliffe, judge (British Central Criminal Court), dies at 77
  • 1995 Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/sect-gen (SACR), dies at 68
  • 1996 Duane Hanson, American sculptor and artist, dies at 70
  • 1996 Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician, dies at 94
  • 1996 John Phillipps Kenyon, historian/teacher, dies at 68
  • 1997 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, journalist, dies at 52
  • 1997 Litz Pisk, movement teacher, dies at 87
  • 2000 Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
  • 2005 Louis Robichaud, Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Hugh Thompson, Jr., American Vietnam War veteran (played a major role in ending the My Lai massacre), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2007 Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)
  • 2009 Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • 2012 Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
  • 2012 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist, dies at 73