On This Day

Famous Deaths on March 6

  • 766 Chrodegang, church reformer/bishop of Mainz, dies at about 50
  • 1252 Saint Rose of Viterbo, Italian saint (b. 1235)
  • 1447 Saint Colette of Corbie, French abbess and reformer (Poor Clares), dies at 66
  • 1490 Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (b. 1458)
  • 1531 Pedrarias Dávila, Spanish conquistador
  • 1583 Zacharias Ursinus, German theologist (Heidelberger Catechism), dies at 48
  • 1615 Pieter Both, Dutch admiral/1st gov-gen (East Indies, 1609-14), drowns
  • 1616 Francis Beaumont, Elizabethan playwright, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1627 Krzysztof Zbaraski, Polish statesman (b. 1580)
  • 1674 Johann Paul Schor, German baroque painter, dies at 58
  • 1720 Pieter van Flowers, Flemish painter, buried at 63
  • 1753 Gerhardus Havingha, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 56

Henry Pelham

1754 Henry Pelham, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1743-54) who introduced the Gin Acts, dies at about 57

  • 1758 Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington, English politician (b. 1705)
  • 1764 Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England, dies at 73
  • 1796 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer, dies at 82
  • 1815 Lungtok Gyatso, 9th Dalai Lama, dies at 9

Davy Crockett

1836 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, killed at the Battle of the Alamo at 49

  • 1836 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836 James "Jim" Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies during Battle of Alamo at 39
  • 1842 Constanze Mozart, wife of W.A. Mozart (b. 1763)
  • 1844 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), dies at 91
  • 1846 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher, dies at 49 [NS]
  • 1851 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer remembered as one of the fathers of Russian art song, dies at 63
  • 1854 Caspar GC Reinwardt, German/Dutch biologist, dies at 80
  • 1854 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, British soldier and politician (b. 1778)
  • 1860 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (b. 1783)
  • 1866 William Whewell, English polymath and philosopher (History of Inductive Science), dies at 71
  • 1867 Wiktor Kazynski, composer, dies at 54
  • 1867 Artemus Ward [Charles Farrar Browne], American humorist (considered to be America's first stand-up comedian), dies at 32
  • 1881 Horatia Nelson, the illegitimate daughter of Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson (b. 1801)
  • 1895 Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (b. 1813)
  • 1899 Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
  • 1905 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, dies at 86
  • 1912 August Toepler, German physicist, dies at 75
  • 1917 Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73
  • 1924 Meyer van Beem, Dutch actor (Mottige Janus, Black Venus), dies at 85
  • 1930 William Milton, British cricketer (South African Test capt in 3 Tests 1889-92), dies at 75
  • 1930 Alfred von Tirpitz, German architect of the Imperial Navy (Tirpitz Plan, Unrestricted U-boat Warfare) and World War I Grand Admiral, dies at 80

John Philip Sousa

1932 John Philip Sousa, American composer (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 77

  • 1933 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), dies 23 days after being shot in Miami at 59
  • 1935 Fridolf Rhudin, Swedish actor and comedian (The Wrong Millionaire, Secret Svensson), dies from brain fever at 39
  • 1936 Rubin Goldmark, American composer, dies at 63
  • 1936 Josef Stránský, Czech conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1911-23) dies at 63
  • 1937 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), dies at sea at 37
  • 1939 Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician (Proving π is a transcendental number), dies at 86
  • 1941 John Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
  • 1941 Leen Schijvenschuurder, Dutch February strike leader, executed
  • 1944 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, gassed at Auschwitz concentration camp at 74
  • 1945 Jan Thijssen, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at Savage Farm
  • 1945 Rudolf Karel, Czech composer (Three Hairs of the Wise Old Man), dies of dysentery and pneumonia while in Theresienstadt concentration camp at 64
  • 1947 Halford John Mackinder, British geographer ( Britain and the British Seas), dies at 86
  • 1948 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), dies at 33
  • 1950 Lew Lehr, American comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), dies at 54
  • 1950 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), dies at 78
  • 1951 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor (Keep the Home Fires Burning, The Truth Game), dies at 58
  • 1951 Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian politician and statesman, dies at 70
  • 1954 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • 1954 Louis Zimmermann, Dutch violinist and 1st concert master of Concert building, dies at 80
  • 1959 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), dies at 85
  • 1961 George Formby, British singer and comedian, dies at 56
  • 1961 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), dies at 59
  • 1962 Rezső Kókai, Hungarian pianist, composer, musicologist, and pedagogue, dies at 56
  • 1963 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
  • 1964 King Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
  • 1964 Edward Van Sloan, American actor (Frankenstein, Dracula), dies at 81
  • 1965 Margaret Dumont [Daisy Baker], actress (Animal Crackers), dies at 75
  • 1965 Ruvim Pergament, composer, dies at 58
  • 1965 Jules Goux, French auto racer (first European to win Indianapolis 500 1913), dies at 79
  • 1966 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • 1967 Nelson Eddy, American baritone (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 65
  • 1967 Oscar Shaw, actor (Rhythm on the River, Marianne), dies at 76
  • 1967 Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, (Psalmus Hungaricus; Hary Janos), dies at 84
  • 1968 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • 1968 Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • 1969 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
  • 1970 William Hopper, American actor (Perry Mason, The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause), dies of pneumonia following a stroke at 55
  • 1971 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), dies at 74
  • 1971 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1973 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1973 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • 1973 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki), dies at 67
  • 1975 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), dies at 64
  • 1976 Maxie Rosenbloom, American boxer, actor (world light heavyweight champion 1932-34), dies of Paget's disease of bone at 68
  • 1979 Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • 1981 George Geary, English cricket fast bowler (14 Tests, 46 wickets), dies at 87
  • 1981 Klaus Grabowski, German alleged murderer and convicted sex offender, shot and killed in Lübeck District Court by Marianne Bachmeier the mother of the daughter he was accused of murdering
  • 1982 Ayn Rand [Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum], Russian-American author, screenwriter and philosopher who developed the philosophical system of "Objectivism" (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead), dies of heart failure at 77
  • 1982 Jan Lemaire, Dutch writer and actor (Village by the River, Beautiful Juliet), dies at 97
  • 1983 Thelma Pelish, actress (Pajama Game), dies at 55
  • 1983 Cathy Berberian, American mezzo-soprano and composer (Stripsody), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1984 Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (Cleopatra, Jericho, The Ten Commandments), dies from heart failure and cancer at 78
  • 1984 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies at 78
  • 1984 Martin Niemöller, German theologian who supported then opposed the Nazi regime, famous for his widely quoted poem "First they came ...", dies at 92
  • 1984 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1985 Eric Sloane, American artist, dies at 80
  • 1986 Adolph Caesar, actor (Club Paradise, Soldier's Story), dies
  • 1986 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • 1987 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), dies at 58
  • 1987 Eddie Durham, American pioneering jazz electric guitarist, trombonist (Count Basie; Jimmie Luceford), composer ("Topsy"; "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire"), and bandleader (All-Star Girl Orchestra), dies at 80
  • 1988 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 63
  • 1988 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), dies from leukemia at 54
  • 1989 Harry Andrews, English actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • 1992 Elvia Allman, actress (Night at Earl Carroll's), dies of pneumonia
  • 1992 Emmy Huf, Dutch cabaret performer, and author (I Want Warm Meat), dies at 70
  • 1992 Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Portuguese painter (Infinite Passage), dies at 83
  • 1993 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • 1993 Douglas Marland, American soap opera writer (As the World Turns), dies at 58
  • 1993 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), dies at 82
  • 1994 Leighton Noble [Faye Leighton Jepson], American big band singer, bandleader, and TV host, dies at 81
  • 1994 Max Schubert, winemaker, dies at 89
  • 1994 Melina Mercouri, Greek actress, activist and politician, dies of lung cancer at 73
  • 1994 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, dies at 77
  • 1994 Tengis Abuladze, Georgia SSR MP (Penalty), dies at 71
  • 1995 David Beinhoff, mayor, dies at 24
  • 1995 Delroy Wilson, Jamaican ska and reggae singer ("Cool Operator"), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 46
  • 1995 Emile van Moerkerken, photographer (Ice Princess), dies at 78
  • 1995 Helene Virginie Weijel, Dutch author (In Two Worlds), dies at 44
  • 1996 Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
  • 1996 Herb Hall, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 88
  • 1996 Simon Cadell, English actor (Enemy at the Door), dies at 45
  • 1996 Stanley Booth-Clibborn, British Anglican Bishop of Manchester, dies at 71
  • 1997 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, dies at 59
  • 1997 Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese politician, 'Father of the Nation' Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies at 78
  • 1997 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • 1997 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), dies at 79
  • 1998 Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed
  • 1998 Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1999 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1999 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), dies at 65
  • 2000 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2000 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), dies at 59
  • 2001 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • 2002 Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
  • 2002 Alice Bauer, American golfer (co-founder LPGA), dies of colon cancer at 74
  • 2003 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • 2004 Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2004 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, dies at 47
  • 2005 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Teresa Wright, American actress (Shadow Of A Doubt; Pride of the Yankees; The Best Years of Our Lives ), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 2005 Hans Bethe, German-American quantum physicist (Nobel 1967), dies at 98
  • 2006 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81

Kirby Puckett

2006 Kirby Puckett, American MLB player (Minnesota Twins), dies of a stroke at 45

  • 2006 Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve and activist (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • 2006 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies of complications of a stroke and diabetes at 61
  • 2007 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • 2009 Francis Magalona, Filipino Pinoy hip-hop rapper, songwriter, and television personality (Eat Bulaga!, 1995-2009), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 2009 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, dies in a car crash at 50
  • 2009 Henri Pousseur, Belgian composer (Votre Faust), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 79
  • 2009 David Williams, American R&B, pop and rock session and touring guitarist (Michael Jackson; Madonna; Rod Stewart; Bryan Ferry), dies of cardiac arrest following a stroke at 58
  • 2010 Mark Linkous, member of Sparklehorse (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)
  • 2010 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • 2010 Denis Henry, British High Court judge, dies at 78
  • 2012 Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75
  • 2012 Donald Payne, American Congressman, dies from colon cancer at 77
  • 2012 Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • 2012 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), dies at 82
  • 2012 Gene “Joe” Byrd, American jazz bassist (Charlie Byrd Trio), dies in a car crash at 78
  • 2012 Lucia Mannucci, Italian jazz singer (Quartetto Cetra, 1947-88), dies at 91
  • 2013 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer (Olympic gold 1984), dies at 54
  • 2013 Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian country artist, dies from natural causes at 77
  • 2013 Alvin Lee, English rocker, dies from complications from surgery at 68
  • 2014 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), dies at 92
  • 2014 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player, dies at 80

Nancy Reagan

2016 Nancy Reagan [Anne Frances Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), dies at 94

  • 2017 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • 2017 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79
  • 2018 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • 2018 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), dies from natural causes at 88
  • 2018 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), dies at 71
  • 2018 Sir John E. Sulston, British molecular biologist, co-recipient of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (roundworm genome sequencing), dies of stomach cancer at 75
  • 2020 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81

Henri Richard

2020 Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; 9 x NHL All Star; Montreal Canadiens), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84

  • 2021 Bengt Åberg, Swedish motocross racer (World 500cc Motocross Champion 1969, 70; Motocross des Nations gold 1970, 71, 74), dies at 76
  • 2021 Chi Shangbin, Chinese soccer midfielder (58 caps; Liaoning) and coach (Dalian Wanda: Chinese Jia-A League champions & Coach of the Year 1996, 97), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • 2021 Miguel Miranda, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Sporting Cristal) and coach (Alianza Atlético), dies at 54
  • 2021 Louis Ottens, Dutch engineer, developed the audio cassette tape, and worked on the compact disc, dies at 94 [1] [2]
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