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)
  • 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, composer, dies at 56

Person of interestHenry Pelham

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

British Prime Minister Henry Pelham
British Prime Minister
Henry Pelham
  • 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

Person of interestDavy Crockett

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

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • 1836 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836 Jim Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (b. 1796)
  • 1836 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies at 39
  • 1842 Constanze Mozart, wife of W.A. Mozart (b. 1763)
  • 1846 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher, dies at 49 [NS]
  • 1851 Alexander Aliabiev, composer, 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
  • 1881 Horatia Nelson, the illegitimate daughter of Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson (b. 1801)

Person of interestLouisa May Alcott

1888 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55

  • 1895 Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (b. 1813)
  • 1899 Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)
  • 1900 Gottlieb Daimler, designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65
  • 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

Person of interestJohn Philip Sousa

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

  • 1933 Anton J Cermak, US mayor of Chicago, murdered
  • 1935 Fridolf Rhudin, Swedish actor and comedian (The Wrong Millionaire, Secret Svensson), dies from brain fever at 39

Person of interestOliver Wendell Holmes Jr

1935 Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), dies of pneumonia at 93

  • 1936 Josef Stransky, composer, dies at 63
  • 1936 Rubin Goldmark, American composer, 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
  • 1945 Jan Thijssen, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at Savage Farm
  • 1945 Rudolph Karel, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • 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 Rezso Kokai, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • 1963 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
  • 1964 King Paul I, 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
  • 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 (b. 1882)
  • 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 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • 1979 Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • 1981 George Geary, English cricketer (14 Tests for England, 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
  • 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 submarine capt/anti-nazi minister, dies at 92
  • 1984 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, dies at 59
  • 1985 Eric Sloane, US artist, dies at 80
  • 1986 Adolph Caesar, actor (Club Paradise, Soldier's Story), dies

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

1986 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 1986 István Pelle, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 78
  • 1988 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 63
  • 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/writer (I Want Warm Meat), dies
  • 1992 Maria Vieira da Silva, Portuguese painter (Mirror Palace), dies at 83
  • 1993 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • 1993 Douglas Marland, soap writer (As the World Turns), dies at 58
  • 1994 Leighton Noble, singer/Bandleader, 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 singer, dies 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
  • 1997 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, dies at 59
  • 1997 Cheddi B Jagan, dentist/founder PPP/Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies
  • 1997 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • 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
  • 2001 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • 2002 Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
  • 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 (Eleanor Gehrig-Pride of the Yankees), dies 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

Person of interestKirby Puckett

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

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 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 Allen Coage (aka "Bad News Brown", "Bad News Allen"), American professional wrestler and judoka (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • 2009 Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
  • 2009 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1959)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestNancy Reagan

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

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • 2017 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • 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 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 83
  • 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