On This Day

Famous Deaths on August 6

  • 258 Saint Sixtus II, bishop of Rome (257-58), beheaded under orders of Emperor Valerian
  • 523 Hormisdas, Pope (514-23) reunited Eastern and Western Churches, 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 Saint Dominic, Castilian Catholic priest, founder of the Dominican Order, and patron saint of astronomers, dies at 50
  • 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
  • 1548 Georg Rhau/Rhaw, German cantor/composer/music publisher, dies
  • 1623 Anne Hathaway, wife of English playwright William Shakespeare, dies aged 66 or 67
  • 1628 Johannes Junius, Mayor of Bamberg (b. 1573)
  • 1645 Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex, English merchant, dies at 70
  • 1657 Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Polish-Lithuanian noble
  • 1660 Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (Las Meninas), dies at 61
  • 1661 Jacqueline-Marie-Angélique Arnauld, French abbess (Port-Royal de Paris), dies at about 70
  • 1666 Tsjerk Hiddes de Vries, Dutch admiral, dies in battle at 43
  • 1679 John Snell, British royalist, dies at 49 or 50
  • 1686 Paul Hainlein, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1695 François de Harlay de Champvallon, Archbishop of Paris, dies at 69
  • 1718 Jacob F Muller [Sjako/Jaco], German Dutch thief 'the Robin Hood of Amsterdam', beheaded at 28
  • 1727 François Valentijn, Dutch vicar and writer (Old and New East-India), dies at 61
  • 1746 Christian VI, King of Denmark and Norway, dies at 46
  • 1753 Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (struck by lightning) (b. 1711)
  • 1759 Eugene Aram, English philologist (b. 1704)
  • 1775 Heinrich Nikolaus Gerber, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1783 Willem Bachiene, Dutch vicar, theologist, geographer and astronomer, dies at 70
  • 1784 Karl Kohaut, Austrian composer and lutenist, dies at 57
  • 1794 Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, British politician (b. 1714)
  • 1799 Joseph Friebert, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • 1815 James A. Bayard (elder), United States Senator from Delaware (b. 1767)
  • 1816 Karl Frieberth, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • 1820 Antonin Vranicky, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 59
  • 1820 Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of York and Albany, dies at 53
  • 1821 Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 64
  • 1828 Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman, dies of a fever at 43
  • 1848 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • 1850 Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805)
  • 1853 Josif Josifovich Genishta, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • 1862 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa, Uruguayan poet (Toraidas), 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, dies at 71
  • 1886 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • 1893 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)
  • 1895 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), dies at 74
  • 1900 Wilhelm Liebknecht, German socialist (Social Democratic Party), dies at 74
  • 1904 Eduard Hanslick, German music critic, dies at 78
  • 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)
  • 1924 John Henry Roberts, composer, dies at 76
  • 1928 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, dies at 68
  • 1931 Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, American cornetist, one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s (In Mist), dies at 29
  • 1934 Hermann Glauert, British aerodynamicist, dies at 41
  • 1935 Alexander Winkler, Russian composer, dies at 70
  • 1937 Annie E F Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre), dies at 76
  • 1937 Ferdinand CS Schiller, British philosopher (Mind!), dies at 72
  • 1937 Annie Horniman, English theater owner (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), dies at 76
  • 1938 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), dies at 58
  • 1943 Tom Garrett, cricketer (last survivor of 1st Test in 1877), dies
  • 1945 Hiram Johnson, American progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), dies at 78
  • 1945 Prince Wu of Korea (b. 1912)
  • 1946 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, dies at 42
  • 1946 Blanche Bingley-Hillyard, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1886, 89, 94, 97, 99-1900), dies at 82
  • 1946 Benny Lynch, Scottish boxer (World flyweight title 1937-38), dies of malnutrition-induced respiratory failure at 33
  • 1948 Cyril Walker, English golfer (US Open 1924), dies of pleural pneumonia at 55
  • 1954 Theo Van Reijn, Dutch sculptor and lithograph, dies at 70
  • 1959 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), dies at 60
  • 1961 Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
  • 1963 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1964 Cedric Hardwicke, British stage actor (Rope; Suspicion; Peter Pan; Richard III), dies at 71
  • 1965 Aksel Sandemose, writer, dies
  • 1965 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), dies of apparent suicide with barbiturates at 55
  • 1965 Nancy Carroll, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 60
  • 1965 Peter Ronnefeld, German pianist, composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), dies at 30
  • 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 (Communist Party of Belgium (PCB)), dies at 60
  • 1969 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 65
  • 1970 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • 1973 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues musician, dies at 76
  • 1973 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), dies from pancreatitis at 44
  • 1974 Gene Ammons, American jazz saxophonist ("The Happy Blues"), dies of bone cancer at 49
  • 1976 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, dies at 73
  • 1978 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76

Paul VI

1978 Pope Paul VI [Giovanni Montini], 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78), dies of a heart attack at 80

  • 1979 Kurt Kaszner [Serwicher], Austrian actor (Kiss Me Kate, Lili, Casino Royale), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1980 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • 1983 Klaus Nomi [Sperber], German new wave singer, and performance artist, dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1986 Emilio Fernandez, Mexican 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
  • 1987 Sherwood Bailey, actor (Spud-Our Gang), dies
  • 1988 Anatoly Levchenko, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • 1988 J Skelly Wright, American judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77
  • 1990 Charles Arnt, actor (Double Exposure), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 1990 Gordon Metcalfe, American actor (Monster in the Closet), dies of AIDS at 43
  • 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

Harry Reasoner

1991 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), dies at 68

  • 1991 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • 1991 Roland Michener, 20th Governor General of Canada (1967-74), dies at 91
  • 1993 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, dies at 67
  • 1994 Domenico Modugno, Italian singer-songwriter (Volare), dies at 66
  • 1995 André Fleury, French organist and composer, dies at 92
  • 1995 Paul James Nunn, mountaineer, dies at 52
  • 1995 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, dies at 77
  • 1996 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile), dies at 69
  • 1996 Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • 1996 Leonard John Coldwell, cricketer, dies at 63
  • 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 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), dies at 92
  • 2001 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Dorothy Tutin, British actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), dies at 71
  • 2001 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • 2001 Larry Adler, American pop and classical harmonica player, and composer, dies of cancer at 87
  • 2002 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)

Rick James

2004 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

  • 2005 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban singer (Los Bocucos, 1959-91; Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 78
  • 2005 William "Keter" Betts, American jazz double bassist (Dinah Washington; Charlie Byrd; Ella Fitzgerald), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • 2005 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • 2005 James Wilson, English-Irish classical composer (Grinning At The Devil) dies at 82
  • 2007 Zsolt Daczi, Hungarian rock guitarist (Bikini; Omen; Carpathia Project Tirana Rockers; solo), dies at 38
  • 2007 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (number theory), dies at 90
  • 2007 Teizo Matsumura, Japanese composer ("Chinmoku / Silence"; "Hymn to Aurora") and haiku poet, dies at 78
  • 2008 Jud Taylor, American actor (Dr. Kildare (TV series) - "Dr. Gerson"), and director (Tail Gunner Joe), dies at 76
  • 2009 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club; Ferris Bueller's Day Off), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 2009 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille; The Princess Bride - "Stroybook Love"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • 2009 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), dies at 73
  • 2011 Mark Hatfield, American politician (29th Governor of Oregon), dies at 89
  • 2011 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, dies at 99
  • 2012 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting; A Chorus Line), dies at 68
  • 2012 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • 2012 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), dies from heart failure at 94
  • 2012 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • 2012 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of drowning at 59

Louise Suggs

2015 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder of LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), dies of natural causes at 91

  • 2016 Pete Fountain [Pierre LaFontaine], American jazz and Dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk, 1957-59), dies at 86
  • 2016 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-950), dies at 92
  • 2017 Darren Daulton, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1992, 93, 95; World Series 1997; Silver Slugger Award 1992; Philadelphia Phillies), dies of brain cancer at 55
  • 2017 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79
  • 2018 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2018 Margaret Heckler, American politician (15th U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)), dies at 87
  • 2019 Maurice Simon, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 90
  • 2020 Wayne Fontana [Glyn Geoffrey Ellis], British rocker (The Mindbenders - "The Game Of Love"), dies at 74
  • 2020 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), dies at 81
  • 2021 Herbert Schlosser, American television executive (NBC - hired Johnny Carson; championed Laugh-In; conceptualized Saturday Night Live), dies at 95
  • 2021 Kenneth Nichols, Canadian classical pianist, composer, (Symphonic Celebration; Boy In A Cage), and teacher (Brandon University, 1962-96), dies at 85
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