On This Day

Famous Deaths on November 6

  • 1231 Emperor Tsuchimikado of Japan (b. 1196)
  • 1406 Innocent VII [Cosma de' Migliorati], Italian Pope (1404-06), dies
  • 1492 Antoine Busnois, French composer known for his chansons, dies at about 62
  • 1550 Ulrich, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1487)
  • 1597 Infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain [Catalina Micaela de Austria], Duchess consort of Savoy (1585-97), dies at 30
  • 1632 Gustavus II Adolphus, King who made Sweden a major power (1611-32), dies at battle of Lützen at 37
  • 1650 William II, Prince of Orange and stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, dies at 24
  • 1656 Johan IV, Duke of Braganca, King of Portugal (1640-56), dies at 52
  • 1656 Jean-Baptiste Morin, French scientist (b. 1583)
  • 1669 Laurentius Erhard, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1672 Heinrich Schütz, German organist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1692 Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux, French writer (Historiettes), dies at 73
  • 1712 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, dies at 58
  • 1730 Hans Hermann von Katte, Prussian lieutenant, beheaded
  • 1752 Ralph Erskine, Scottish minister, dies at 67
  • 1771 Hermanus Noordkerk, Dutch jurist, dies at 69
  • 1771 John Bevis, English physician and astronomer (discovered Crab Nebula), dies at 75
  • 1790 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, dies at 64
  • 1793 Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, dies at 46
  • 1795 Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 73

Catherine the Great

1796 Catherine the Great [Catherine II], German-born Empress of Russia (1762-96) who expanded the Russian empire, dies of a stroke at 67

  • 1801 Christian Friedrich Gregor, Moravian composer and bishop, dies at 78
  • 1805 François-Thomas-Marie de Baculard d'Arnaud, French sentimental writer (Les Épreuves du sentiment), dies at 87
  • 1816 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (b. 1752)
  • 1822 Hendrik van Stralen, Secretary of Interior of the Netherlands, dies at 71
  • 1822 Claude-Louis Berthollet, French chemist, dies at 73
  • 1835 Ignaz Schuster, Austrian composer, dies at 56

Charles X

1836 Charles X, King of France (1824-30), dies at 79

  • 1839 Hayim Rapoport, Rabbi of Ostrowiec and author (Maxim Chayyim), dies
  • 1846 Karol Marcinkowski, Polish physician and activist (b. 1800)
  • 1846 Alexander Chavchavadze, Georgian poet and general
  • 1862 Charles Davis Jameson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 35
  • 1865 Thérèse Wartel, French pianist and composer, dies at 51
  • 1873 William J. Hardee, U.S. Army officer (Confederate Army), dies at 58
  • 1875 John Baptist van Son, Dutch Catholic politician, dies at 71
  • 1876 Giacomo Antonelli, Italian cardinal and assistant secretary of state of Pius IX, dies at 70

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), dies of suspected cholera at 53

  • 1897 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1900 PWJ Le Gallais, British lt-colonel, dies in battle at Bothaville
  • 1901 Bohdan Borkowski, Polish composer, dies at 48
  • 1901 Kate Greenaway, English artist known for her children's book illustrations (Under the Window), dies of breast cancer at 55

George Williams

1905 George Williams, English philanthropist and founder of YMCA, dies at 84

  • 1910 Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Italian patriot and writer, dies at 72
  • 1912 Mykola Lysenko, Ukrainian composer (Taras Bulba), conductor and ethno-musicologist, dies at 70
  • 1914 Allessandro d'Ancona, Italian philologist (Dante), dies at 79
  • 1922 William Baines, English composer, dies of TB at 23
  • 1922 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician (US Senator - Connecticut 1905-11) and Baseball HOF administrator (NL President 1876), dies at 84
  • 1925 Khải Định, Emperor of Vietnam (1916-25), dies of TB at 40

Arnold Rothstein

1928 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), dies of gunshot wounds at 46

  • 1929 Maximilian, Prince of Baden [Max von Bathe], German chancellor (Oct-Nov 1918), dies at 62
  • 1931 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB wins leader 1902, 04 [41 wins], NY Highlanders), dies of heart attack at 57
  • 1935 Billy Sunday, American evangelist (revivals and sermons reflected the emotional upheavals caused by transition from rural to industrial society in the United States), dies at 72
  • 1936 Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (b. 1864)
  • 1937 Johnston Forbes-Robertson, British actor and theatre director (Kathleen), dies at 84
  • 1939 Adolphe Max, Belgian liberal MP, dies at 69
  • 1941 Maurice Leblanc, French novelist (b. 1864)
  • 1944 Hannah Senesh, Jewish poetess, executed by Nazis in Budapest
  • 1944 Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne, Anglo-Irish politician, British prefect (Middle-East), assassinated by Jewish terrorists at 64
  • 1944 Boy Ecury [Segundo Jorge Adelberto Ecury], Dutch Resistance fighter in World War II, executed by a German firing squad at 22
  • 1946 Zygmunt Stojowski, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • 1947 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Paradisets Have), dies at 66
  • 1953 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • 1955 Charley Toorop [Annie CP Fernhout-Toorop], Dutch painter, dies at 64
  • 1955 Cornelis GN de Vooys, translator, dies at 82
  • 1958 Francis George Scott, Scottish composer, dies at 78
  • 1960 Erich Raeder, German naval commander (1928–43), dies at 84
  • 1963 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, 11th and final Prime Minister of Indonesia, dies at 52
  • 1964 Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born Swedish biochemist who investigated the fermentation of sugar and enzymes (Nobel 1929), dies at 91
  • 1964 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (1951 Tour de France, dies at 39
  • 1965 Clarence Williams, American composer, dies at 67
  • 1965 Edgard Varèse, French-American composer (Ionisation; Poème électronique), dies at 81
  • 1968 Guillaume Landré, Dutch composer, dies at 63
  • 1968 Charles Munch, French conductor and violinist (b. 1891)
  • 1968 Charles B. McVay III, American naval officer, Commander of the USS Indianapolis when it sank, commits suicide at 70
  • 1970 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), dies at 73
  • 1972 Billy Murcia, Colombian born American rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • 1975 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, dies at 87
  • 1978 Flora Campbell, actress (Faraway Hill, Date With Judy), dies at 67
  • 1978 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, dies at 79
  • 1979 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), dies at 89
  • 1980 Mary Michael, American actress (Biridie-Wonderful John Acton), dies at 77
  • 1983 Robert Gross, American composer and violinist, dies at 69
  • 1984 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist and dramatist (b. 1929)
  • 1985 Joel Crothers, American actor (Edge of Night), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1985 Sanjeev Kumar [Harihar Jariwala], Indian Bollywood actor (Angoor, Dastak, Koshish), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 1986 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • 1987 Ross R. Barnett, American lawyer and politician, (Gov-D-Miss), dies at 89
  • 1987 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), dies at 80
  • 1987 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer, dies in jail of unintentional suicide at 32
  • 1987 Jean Rivier, French composer and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1946-66), dies at 91
  • 1988 John Hubbard, American actor (Don't Call Me Charlie, The Tall T, One Million B.C.), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • 1989 Yusaku Matsuda, Japanese actor (Detective Story), dies of cancer at 40
  • 1989 Dickie Goodman, American parody singer (Flying Saucer), dies at 55
  • 1990 Will Kuluva, American actor (To Trap a Spy, Go Naked in World), dies at 73
  • 1991 Andre Vandernoot, Flemish fluitist, conductor, dies at 64

Gene Tierney

1991 Gene Tierney, American actress (Laura, Leave Her to Heaven, The Razor's Edge), dies of emphysema at 70

  • 1994 Dean Gallo, American politician (Rep-R-NJ, 1985-94), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1995 Philip Rawson, English curator, artist and teacher, dies at 71
  • 1995 Stanley Oliphant Stewart, librarian, dies at 82
  • 1995 Aneta Corsaut, American actress, (The Andy Griffith Show), dies at 62
  • 1996 Mario Savio, American political activist, dies of heart attack at 53
  • 1996 Patience Edney, British nurse and communist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Tommy Lawton, footballer, dies at 80
  • 1997 Phillipo Seed, social work academic, dies at 67
  • 1997 Annie Llewelyn-Davies, Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe, British Labour Party politician, dies at 82
  • 1998 Sky Low Low [Marcel Gauthier], Canadian professional wrestler, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2000 David Brower, American environmentalist and president (Sierra Club), dies at 88
  • 2000 L. Sprague de Camp, American sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei), dies at 92
  • 2000 Herbert Brün, German composer, dies at 82
  • 2001 Anthony Shaffer, English dramatist (Sleuth), dies at 75
  • 2002 Sid Sackson, American board game designer (Asquire), dies at 82
  • 2003 Crash Holly [Michael Lockwood], American professional wrestler, dies at 32
  • 2003 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), dies at 84
  • 2003 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor, dies of a heart attack at 41
  • 2004 Fred Dibnah, English steeplejack and television personality, dies at 66
  • 2004 Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player, dies at 61
  • 2004 Robert Lang, English actor (Night Watch), dies at 70
  • 2004 Pete Jolly [Ceragioli], American session and West Coast jazz pianist, and accordionist (Shorty Rogers; Pete Jolly Trio), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • 2005 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • 2005 Rod Donald, New Zealand Politician, Green Party Co-leader, dies from the effects of food poisoning at 48
  • 2005 Miguel Aceves Mejía, Mexican actor, composer and singer, dies at 90
  • 2006 Federico (Fico) López, Puerto Rican basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 2006 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (slalom Olympic Gold 1972), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2007 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 87
  • 2007 Hilda Braid, English actress ( Eastenders), dies at 78
  • 2007 George Grljusich, Australian sports broadcaster, dies at 68
  • 2007 Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, Afghan politician, killed in a bomb attack at 47 or 48
  • 2007 George Osmond, Osmond family patriarch (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Hank Thompson, American country music singer (The Brazos Valley Boys), dies at 82
  • 2009 Ron Sproat, American TV writer and playwright (Dark Shadows), dies at 77
  • 2010 Jo Myong-Rok, North Korean military official, dies at 82
  • 2010 Robert Lipshutz, American attorney and counsel to the Carter Adminisrtation (b. 1921)
  • 2011 Mel Hancock, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri), dies at 82
  • 2012 Clive Dunn, British actor (Dad's Army, The Avengers), dies from complications following an operation at 92
  • 2012 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, dies at 46
  • 2013 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), dies at 101
  • 2014 Carole Mathews [Jean Deifel], American actress (The Californians, Swamp Women), dies at 94
  • 2014 Rick Rosas, American session and touring bassist (Neil Young; Joe Walsh; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2015 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), dies at 94
  • 2016 Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian pianist and conductor, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2017 Richard F. Gordon, Jr., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11; Apollo 12), dies at 88
  • 2018 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra - "Strange Magic"; "Evil Woman"), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2019 Robert Freeman, English photo-journalist and graphic designer (early Beatles album art and film posters), dies of pneumonia at 82 [1]
  • 2019 Pat O'Sullivan, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1951), dies at 93
  • 2020 Barbara York, Canadian composer (A Butterfly in Time), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 71 
  • 2020 King Von [Dayvon Bennett], American rapper and songwriter ("Crazy Story"), dies in a nightclub gunfight at 26
  • 2021 Astro [Terence Wilson], British reggae-rock vocalist (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"), dies at 64
  • 2021 Pavol Molnár, Slovak soccer forward (20 caps Czechoslovakia; SK Slovan Bratislava, FK Inter Bratislava), dies at 85
  • 2021 Angelo Mosca, American football defensive tackle (CFL All Star 1963, 70 Hamilton Tiger-Cats) and pro wrestler, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • 2021 Shawn Rhoden, Jamaican bodybuilder (Mr. Olympia 2018; IFBB British Grand Prix 2012), dies from a heart attack at 46
  • 2021 Tarak Sinha, Indian cricket coach (Indian Women's team 2001-02; Sonnet CC, Delhi; Aakash & Anjum Chopra, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan), dies from lung cancer at 70
  • 2021 Peter Aykroyd, Canadian actor, comedian, and writer (SNL, 1980; PSI Factor), dies of septicemia caused by an untreated abdominal hernia at 65
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