Famous Deaths on February 6

  • 743 Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, 10th Muslim caliph, dies at about 52
  • 891 Photius, Byzantine theologist/patriarch of Constantinople/saint, dies
  • 1140 Thurstan, archbishop of York, dies
  • 1378 Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V of France (b. 1338)
  • 1497 John Ockeghem, Flemish singer/composer, dies at 79
  • 1515 Aldus Manutius, Italian printer
  • 1585 Edmund Plowden, English legal scholar (b. 1518)
  • 1593 Emperor Ogimachi of Japan (b. 1517)
  • 1612 Christopher Clavius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1617 Prosper Alpinus/Prospero Alpini, Italian physician/botanist, dies at 63

Person of interestCharles II

1685 Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1695 Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95), dies at 51
  • 1699 Jozef Ferdinand of Bavaria, heir of Spanish king Carlos II, dies
  • 1725 Johann Philipp Krieger, composer, dies at 75
  • 1740 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Italian Pope (1730-40) who despite ill health and total blindness (1732) unsuccessfully stemmed decline of papal influence, dies at 87
  • 1775 William Dowdeswell, English politician (b. 1721)
  • 1783 Lancelot "Capability" Brown, English landscape architect who designed over 170 parks, dies at about 67
  • 1785 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
  • 1793 Carlo Goldoni, Italian author (L'avaro), dies at 85
  • 1798 Niels Schiorring, composer, dies at 54
  • 1804 Joseph Priestley, Engl/US theologist/philosopher/chemist, dies at 70
  • 1807 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer, dies at 85
  • 1812 Carlo Goldoni, writer, dies at 104
  • 1816 Maria Ludwika Rzewuska, Polish szlachcianka (b. 1744)
  • 1833 Pierre André Latreille, French entomologist (b. 1762)
  • 1834 Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer, dies from his injuries sustained by a musket ball at 29
  • 1855 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1791)
  • 1859 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer, dies at 45
  • 1865 John Pegram, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 33
  • 1881 Pieter Mijer, Gov-Gen of Neth Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
  • 1896 Abraham Czn van Stolk, Dutch art collector, dies at 82
  • 1897 Ebenezer C Brewer, British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable), dies
  • 1899 Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
  • 1899 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, dies at 24 in mysterious circumstances
  • 1910 Alfonso Maria Fusco. Beatified Italian Roman Catholic priest and founder (b.1839)
  • 1914 Albert Neuhuys, Dutch painter of peasant families (Laren School), dies at 69
  • 1916 Anne C A I van Diest, Belgian physician/feminist, dies at 73
  • 1916 Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan writer (b. 1867)
  • 1917 Édouard Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • 1918 Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter/cartoonist, dies at 55
  • 1919 Friedrich Wulhelm Mengelberg, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • 1923 E. E. [Edward Emerson] Barnard, American astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65
  • 1927 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • 1927 Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • 1930 Eva Strittmatter, writer, dies at 17
  • 1938 Marianne Von Werefkin, Russian-German-Swiss Expressionist painter, dies at 77
  • 1941 Maximilien Luce, French painter, dies at 82
  • 1942 Wobbe de Vries, Dutch linguist, dies at 78
  • 1943 HA Seyffardt, Dutch lt-gen/NSB "minister", dies at 71
  • 1945 Jan Bos, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1945 Paul Bos, Dutch resistance fighter, executed

  • 1947 Luigi Russolo, composer, dies at 61
  • 1948 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • 1950 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • 1950 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans) dies at 68

Person of interestGeorge VI

1952 George VI, King of the United Kingdom (1936-52), dies of a coronary thrombosis at 56

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1958 David Pegg, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 1958 Tommy Taylor, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • 1958 Geoff Bent, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • 1958 Roger Byrne, English footballer (b. 1929)
  • 1958 Mark Jones, English footballer (b. 1933)
  • 1958 Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (b. 1913)
  • 1958 Walter Crickmer, English football club secretary and manager
  • 1960 Jesse Belvin, rocker, dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1961 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim, Morocco opposition leader, dies
  • 1963 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • 1963 Abd el-Krim, Moroccan politician
  • 1964 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
  • 1964 W L Cornford, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests v NZ 1930), dies

Person of interestEmilio Aguinaldo

1964 Emilio Aguinaldo, 1st President of the Philippines (1899-1901), dies of coronary thrombosis at 94

Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • 1965 Jack Wagner, American actor (The Razor's Edge, Under Two Flags, Jive Junction), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • 1966 Algot Haquinius, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • 1966 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
  • 1967 Martine Carol [Maryse Mopurer], French actress (Lola Montèsm, Trente et quarante), dies of heart attack at 46
  • 1968 C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • 1970 Roscoe Karns, American actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey), dies at 78
  • 1972 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
  • 1973 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
  • 1976 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • 1979 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • 1979 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • 1981 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • 1981 Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece (b. 1917)
  • 1982 Ben Nicholson, English painter and sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • 1985 Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • 1985 Dandy Nichols [Daisy Sander], British actress (Till Death Us Do Part, Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78
  • 1985 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1986 William Collier [Charles F Gall Jr], American stage and film actor and producer, dies at 84
  • 1986 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th Salvation Army General, dies at 86
  • 1986 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (b. 1912)
  • 1988 Lee Goodman, actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64
  • 1988 Marghanita Laski, English author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies
  • 1988 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • 1989 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • 1989 Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
  • 1989 Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • 1989 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • 1990 Jane Novak, silent screen actress (Ghost Town), dies of stroke at 94
  • 1990 John Merivale, actor (Caltiki), dies
  • 1991 Danny Thomas, comedian (Jazz Singer), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1991 Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow, dies
  • 1991 Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 78
  • 1992 Frank Wilson, actor (Beware, Sunday Sinners, Club), dies at 37
  • 1992 Wade Preston, actor (Man Called Sledge), dies at 62
  • 1993 Frances Hunt, actress (You're a Sweetheart), dies of stroke at 77

Person of interestArthur Ashe

1993 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player (3 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of aids related pneumonia at 49

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1994 Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84

Person of interestJack Kirby

1994 Jack Kirby, cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk), dies at 76

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • 1994 Joseph Cotten, American actor (Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Airport 77, Hearse), dies from pneumonia at 88
  • 1994 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), dies at 74
  • 1994 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), dies from cancer at 66
  • 1995 Arthur S Taylor Jr, US drummer/author (Notes on notes), dies at 65
  • 1995 James Ingram Merrill, US poet (Braving the elements), dies at 68
  • 1996 Guy Madison [Robert Moseley], American actor (Wild Bill Hickok), dies of emphysema at 74
  • 1996 Ronald Fletcher, British broadcaster (Barbara with Braden, Bomber Harris), dies at 85
  • 1996 Rosemary Tsay, drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76
  • 1998 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1998 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • 1998 [Johann Hoelzel] Falco, singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • 1998 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • 2001 Fulgence Charpentier, French-Canadian journalist, dies at 103
  • 2001 Jack Hyles, Independent Baptist pastor (First Baptist Church of Hammond 1959-2001), dies at 74
  • 2002 Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), dies at 80
  • 2007 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Lee Hoffman, American author (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Willye White, American athlete (b. 1939)
  • 2007 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), dies of heart failure at 93
  • 2008 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • 2009 James Whitmore, American actor (The Shawshank Redemption, Give 'em Hell Harry), dies of lung cancer at 87
  • 2010 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • 2011 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58
  • 2012 Janice Voss, American astronaut, dies from breast cancer at 55
  • 2012 Antoni Tapies, Spanish artist, dies at 88
  • 2012 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), dies at 82
  • 2014 Ralph Kiner, HR hitter (Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • 2015 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • 2015 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • 2016 Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • 2017 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • 2017 Alec McCowen, English actor (Frenzy), dies at 91
  • 2017 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102