On This Day

Famous Deaths on February 6

  • 743 Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, 10th Umayyad caliph (724-43), dies at about 52
  • 891 Photius, Byzantine saint, theologist and Patriarch of Constantinople, 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 Ōgimachi, 106th Emperor of Japan, dies at 75
  • 1612 Christopher Clavius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1617 Prosper Alpinus/Prospero Alpini, Italian physician/botanist, dies at 63

Charles II

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

  • 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 playwright and librettist (Belisario, Servant of Two Masters), dies at 85
  • 1798 Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, dies at 54

Joseph Priestley

1804 Joseph Priestley, English chemist, theologian and author who discovered oxygen and carbonated water, dies at 70

  • 1807 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer, dies at 85
  • 1816 Maria Ludwika Rzewuska, Polish szlachcianka (b. 1744)
  • 1825 William Eustis, 12th Governor of Massachusetts (1823-25), dies at 71
  • 1833 Pierre André Latreille, French entomologist (first detailed classification of crustaceans and insects), dies at 70
  • 1834 Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer, dies from his injuries sustained by a musket ball at 29
  • 1855 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councilor, dies at 63
  • 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 Wilhelm Mengelberg, German-Dutch sculptor and architect of church interiors, 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, German writer (Tinko), 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, Italian Futurist composer (The Art of Noises), 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

George VI

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

  • 1955 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71
  • 1958 David Pegg, English soccer outside left (1 cap; Manchester United 127 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1958 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 26
  • 1958 Geoff Bent, English soccer fullback (Manchester United 12 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 25
  • 1958 Roger Byrne, English soccer fullback (33 caps; Manchester United 245 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 28
  • 1958 Mark Jones, English soccer defender (Manchester United 103 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 24
  • 1958 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 44
  • 1958 Walter Crickmer, English soccer executive and manager (Manchester United), dies in Munich air disaster at 58
  • 1958 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games), dies in Munich air disaster at 21
  • 1958 Billy Whelan, Irish soccer forward (4 caps, Republic of Ireland; Manchester United 79 games), dies Munich air disaster at 22
  • 1960 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), dies at 26 in a car crash
  • 1961 Archibald T Davison, American musicologist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1963 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • 1963 Abd el-Krim [Mohamed ibn Abdelkrim El-Khattabi], Moroccan political and military leader (Republic of the Rif), dies at 85
  • 1963 Charles "Specs" Wright, American jazz drummer (Dizzy Gillespie; Cannonball Adderly; Red Garland), dies at 35
  • 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
  • 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 pianist, and composer, dies at 79
  • 1966 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, dies at 88
  • 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
  • 1976 Ritwik Ghatak, Bengali filmmaker (Titash Ekti Nadir Naam), dies at 50
  • 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 Frederica of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece, dies at 63
  • 1982 Ben Nicholson, English painter & sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • 1985 Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • 1985 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1986 Dandy Nichols [Daisy Sander], British actress (Till Death Us Do Part, Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78
  • 1986 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th Salvation Army General, dies at 86
  • 1986 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (World Trade Center, NY), dies at 73
  • 1988 Lee Goodman, actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64
  • 1988 Marghanita Laski, English journalist and author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies at 72
  • 1988 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • 1988 Barclay Plager, Canadian hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Bob Plager, dies of a brain hemorrhage at 46
  • 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)
  • 1989 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • 1990 Jane Novak, silent screen actress (Ghost Town), dies of stroke at 94
  • 1990 John Merivale, actor (Caltiki), dies
  • 1990 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), dies following a stroke at 77
  • 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

Arthur Ashe

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

  • 1994 Ignace Strasfogel, Polish/US pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 84

Jack Kirby

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

  • 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 Art Taylor, American jazz drummer (Bud Powell, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd), band leader (Taylor's Wailers), and writer (Notes and Tones), dies at 65
  • 1995 James Ingram Merrill, American 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 Falco [Johann Hoelzel], Austrian 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)
  • 2004 Jørgen Jersild, Danish composer and educator (Royal Danish Academy, 1953-75), dies at 91
  • 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 (The Valdez Horses), dies at 74
  • 2007 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • 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
  • 2011 Kenneth H Olsen, American electrical engineer, and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, dies at 84
  • 2012 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), dies from breast cancer at 55
  • 2012 Antoni Tapies, Spanish painter, sculptor and theorist (Dau al Set) dies at 88
  • 2012 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), dies at 82
  • 2012 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, dies at 85
  • 2012 Noel Kelehan, Irish pianist, conductor (RTÉ Concert Orchestra), and arranger (Eurovision; U2), dies at 77
  • 2014 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL home run leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; 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 and 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
  • 2017 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), dies at 89
  • 2019 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist (The Shell Seekers), dies at 94
  • 2020 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), dies at 83
  • 2020 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), dies of a stroke at 95
  • 2020 Nello Santi, Italian opera conductor (Opernhaus Zürich; NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a blood infection at 80
  • 2021 Ezra Moseley, Barbadian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 9 ODIs, West Indies; Barbados; Glamorgan), dies in a road accident at 63
  • 2021 Bruce Taylor, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (30 Tests, 111 wickets; 2 x 100s), dies at 77
  • 2021 George P. Schultz, American economist, and statesman (Secretary of State, 1982-89; Secretary of the Treasury, 1972-74), dies at 100
  • 2021 Ken McCaffery, Australian rugby league centre (12 Tests; North Sydney; Queensland), broadcaster (9 Network) and administrator (North Sydney DRLFC), dies at 91
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