Famous Deaths on June 6

  • 840 Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-semite), dies
  • 1134 Norbertus van Xanten, monastery founder, dies at about 51
  • 1393 Emperor Go-En'yu of Japan (b. 1359)
  • 1480 Vecchietta, Italian artist and architect
  • 1548 Juan de Castro, Portuguese explorer (b. 1500)
  • 1563 Ikeda Nagamasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1519)
  • 1583 Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese warlord (b. 1556)
  • 1671 Stenka/Stepan Razin, Russian cossack/boer leader quartered alive (ns. 16 June)
  • 1686 Joannes B van Neercassel, RC spiritual leader of Neth, dies at 60
  • 1710 Francoise de la Baume Le Blanc, mistress of King Louis XIV, dies at 65
  • 1730 Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France (b. 1646)
  • 1735 Georg Osterreich, composer, dies at 71
  • 1740 Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
  • 1747 Jean Barriere, composer, dies
  • 1762 George Anson, 1st Baron Anson, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 65
  • 1784 Joan Derk, Baron van der Capellen tot den Pol, Leader of democratic Patriots, dies at 42
  • 1785 Johann Michael Demmler, composer, dies at 36

Person of interestPatrick Henry

1799 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, dies at 63

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 1813 Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect
  • 1816 Christiane Vulpius, wife of Johann W von Goethe, dies at 51
  • 1832 Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher (b. 1748)
  • 1836 Antons Klemens Theodor, king of Saksen (1827-36), dies at 80
  • 1840 Marcellin Champagnat, French priest (b. 1789)
  • 1843 Friedrich Hölderlin, German poet and dramatist (b. 1770)
  • 1852 Tommaso Marchesi, composer, dies at 79
  • 1861 Giuseppe Concone, Italian singing teacher, dies at 59
  • 1861 Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1810)
  • 1862 Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg VA, dies at 33
  • 1877 Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca & chief Standing Bear, dies
  • 1878 Gottfried Herrmann, composer, dies at 70
  • 1878 Robert Stirling, Scottish inventor (b. 1790)
  • 1881 Henry Vieuxtemps, Belgian composer, dies at 61
  • 1883 Ciprian Porumbescu, composer, dies at 29

Person of interestJohn A. Macdonald

1891 John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (1867-73 and 1878-91), dies of a stroke at 76

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • 1898 Constant A Serrure, Flemish historian, dies at 62
  • 1906 Johan Philip van der Kellen, Dutch stamp cutter, lithographer and writer, dies at 74
  • 1914 Walter T Watts-Dunton, English lawyer, poet and writer (Aylwin), dies at 81
  • 1916 Yuan Shikai, Chinese general and President of the Republic of China (1916), dies at 56
  • 1917 Iacob Moresianu, composer, dies at 59
  • 1922 Lillian Russell, entertainer, dies at 60
  • 1926 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, dies at 52
  • 1928 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, composer, dies at 67
  • 1934 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and writer (b. 1864)
  • 1934 Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor and early television pioneer (also invented the altimeter and automobile self-starter) dies at 66
  • 1935 Jacques Urlus, tenor (Opera of Leipzig, Song of the Earth), dies at 68
  • 1935 Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, British army officer, dies at 72
  • 1939 Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65
  • 1940 E. E. Clive, Welsh actor (Night Must Fall, Dark Hour), dies at 56
  • 1941 Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)
  • 1943 Karl Landsteiner, Austrian immunologist and pathologist (Nobel 1930), dies at 74
  • 1944 Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day landing WWII

  • 1944 Gerrit John van de Peat, artist/resistance fighter, executed at 41
  • 1945 Meinoud M Rost van Tonningen, anti semite/NSB (1937-41), suicide

Person of interestGerhart Hauptmann

1946 Gerhart Hauptmann, German author (Before Dawn - Nobel 1912), dies at 83

Author and Nobel Laureate Gerhart Hauptmann
Author and Nobel Laureate
Gerhart Hauptmann
  • 1947 Norman Reid, cricketer (Test S Af v Aust 1921-22, 11 & 6, 2-63), dies
  • 1948 Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)
  • 1951 Lionel Hallam, British cricketer (England capt 1921), dies at 61
  • 1951 Olive Tell, American actress (b. 1894)
  • 1955 Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (b. 1875)
  • 1956 Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74

Person of interestHiram Bingham

1956 Hiram Bingham, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu), dies at 80

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • 1958 Lily Theresa Strickland, composer, dies at 71

Person of interestCarl Jung

1961 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung
  • 1962 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), dies of poisoning at 63
  • 1962 Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter, dies at 34
  • 1963 William Baziotes, American painter (abstract expressionist), dies at 50
  • 1964 Robert Warwick, American actor (Konga, Zorro, Lady Godiva), dies at 85
  • 1965 Lester Matthews, (Sir Dennis-Adv of Fu Manchu), dies at 64
  • 1966 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash
  • 1967 Edward G Givens Jr, Major USAF/astronaut, dies in an car crash at 47
  • 1968 Franklin Clark Fry, American minister (World Rad of Church), dies at 67

Person of interestRobert F. Kennedy

1968 Robert F. Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 1968 Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill (b. 1911)
  • 1971 Arnold Elston, composer, dies at 63
  • 1974 Blanche Yurka, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Cry of Werewolf), dies at 86
  • 1975 Larry Blyden, actor (Joe & Mabel, What's My Line), dies at 49

Person of interestJ. Paul Getty

1976 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies at 83

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • 1976 Victor Varconi, actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings), dies at 85
  • 1977 Sophie Stewart, actress (As You Like It), dies at 69

Person of interestJack Haley

1979 Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • 1982 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 1983 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), dies at 95
  • 1984 A. Bertram Chandler, Anglo-Australian mariner and sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • 1984 Bill Voce, cricketer (key player of the Bodyline series), dies
  • 1985 Siem Devout, Dutch actor, dies at 54
  • 1986 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • 1987 Fulton Mackay, Scottish actor and playwright (Porridge), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • 1991 Larry Kert, actor (Tony-West Side Story), dies of AIDS at 60
  • 1991 Sylvia Porter, economist/author (Money Book), dies at 77
  • 1991 Stan Getz [Stanley Gayetski], American jazz tenor saxophonist (Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 1992 Larry Riley, American actor (Soldier Story, Knots Landing), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1993 James Bridges, writer/director (Paper Chase), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1993 Peter Tazelaar, adjutant of Dutch queen Wilhelmina, dies at 73
  • 1994 Barry Sullivan, American actor (Duffy's Tavern, Man Called X, Tall Man), dies at 81
  • 1994 John Morey Downs, actor/dancer/singer, dies at 80
  • 1994 John Slot, mayor of Eethen/Hardenberg/Ede, dies
  • 1994 Mark McManus, actor (Ned Kelly), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • 1994 Peter Graves, British actor (Paradise Lagoon, Admirable Crichton), dies at 82
  • 1994 Willie Humphrey, jazz clarinetist, dies at 93
  • 1994 Johnny Downs, American actor (The Mad Monster, Coronado, Manhattan Showcase), dies from cancer at 80
  • 1994 Jan Slot, Dutch mayor (Eethen/Hardenberg/Ede), dies at 80
  • 1995 Imam Elissa, singer, dies at 76
  • 1995 James Anderson, writer, dies at 41
  • 1996 George Snell, genetecist, dies at 92
  • 1996 Glyn Worsnip, broadcaster, dies at 57
  • 1996 Jean Sinclair, teacher/campaigner, dies at 88
  • 1996 Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer, dies at 70
  • 1997 Magda Gabor [Magdolna Gábor], Hungarian actress (Mai lányok, People vs Zsa Zsa Gabor), dies of renal failure at 81
  • 1998 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • 1999 Anne Haddy, Australian actress (b. 1930)
  • 1999 Eddie Stanky, American baseball 2nd baseman (Dodgers), dies at 83
  • 2000 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), dies at 78
  • 2002 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • 2003 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • 2003 Dave Rowberry, English rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun), dies at 62
  • 2004 Judy Campbell [Judith Mary Gamble], British actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie), dies at 88

Person of interestAnne Bancroft

2005 Anne Bancroft [Anna Italiano], American actress, director, screenwriter and singer (Graduate, Miracle Worker), dies from uterine cancer at 73

Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
  • 2005 Dana Elcar, American actor (Peter Thornton- MacGyver), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2005 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, dies at 81
  • 2006 Billy Preston, American soul musician, singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), dies following long-term health issues at 59
  • 2006 Hilton Ruiz, Puerto Rican-American jazz pianist (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Arnold Newman, American photographer (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Marvin Isley, American Musician The Isley Brothers (b. 1953)
  • 2010 Ladislav Smoljak, Czech director, actor and screenwriter (An Uncertain Season), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2011 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, dies at 16
  • 2013 Jerome Karle, American chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 94
  • 2013 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • 2013 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2014 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), dies at 86
  • 2015 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), dies at 88
  • 2015 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • 2015 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80
  • 2015 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), dies at 86
  • 2016 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), dies at 90
  • 2016 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 85
  • 2016 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, dies at 42
  • 2016 Theresa Saldana, American actress (Raging Bull), dies at 62
  • 2017 Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi businessman (arms dealing), dies at 81
  • 2018 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), dies at 95