Famous Deaths on October 6

  • 404 Eudoxia Aelia, empress of Austria, dies
  • 877 Charles II the Bald, King of France (843-77) and Holy Roman emperor (875-77), dies at 54
  • 1014 Samuel (Samuil), ruler of Bulgaria, dies (b. 958)
  • 1072 Sancho II, king of Castile (1065-72), murdered
  • 1101 Bruno of Cologne, German founder of the Carthusian order
  • 1214 Alfonso VIII de Edele, king of Castile, dies
  • 1413 Dawit I, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1382)
  • 1542 Thomas Wyatt, English poet (b. 1503)
  • 1585 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter/sculptor, dies
  • 1641 Matthijs H Quast, fleet guardian (Gold Islands), dies in battle
  • 1644 Elisabeth (In Spanish Isabel) of Bourbon, wife of Philip IV of Spain (b. 1602)
  • 1651 Heinrich Albert, German composer (Arien oder Melodien), dies at 47
  • 1661 Guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh Guru
  • 1688 Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman (b. 1652)
  • 1762 Francesco Onofrio Manfredini, composer, dies at 78
  • 1786 Antonio Maria Gasparo Giaccino Sacchini, composer, dies at 56
  • 1819 Charles Emanuel II, King of Sardinia (1796-1802)/Jesuit, dies
  • 1829 Pierre Derbigny, Governor of Louisiana (b. 1769)
  • 1837 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, composer, dies at 77

Person of interestGeorge Childress

1841 George Childress, American lawyer and statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), commits suicide at 37

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 1849 Lajos, Count Batthyany, 1st Prime Minister of Hungary, executed by firing squad at 42
  • 1855 August Leopold Crelle, German inventor and mathematician (1st Prussian Railway), dies at 75
  • 1860 Stephen Elvey, English composer, dies at 55
  • 1861 Elias Canneman, liberal minister of Finance (1813-14), dies at 84
  • 1868 Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer, dies at 51
  • 1873 Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist, dies at 76
  • 1874 Thomas Dyke Acland Tellefsen, composer, dies at 50
  • 1880 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), dies at 71
  • 1891 Charles Stewart Parnell, English-Irish Home Rule Party leader, dies at 45

Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

1892 Alfred Lord Tennyson, writer and British Poet Laureate, dies at 83

  • 1893 Ford Madox Brown, British painter, dies at 72
  • 1905 Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and explorer, dies at 72
  • 1909 Dudley Buck, US organist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1912 August Beernaert, Belgian premier (1884-94, Nobel 1909), dies at 83
  • 1924 Jacques Oppenheim, lawyer, dies at 75
  • 1926 Charles Van de Banks, Flemish writer/poet (Red Horse), dies
  • 1933 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, composer, dies at 62
  • 1935 Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer, dies at 83
  • 1940 Ferdinando Liuzzi, composer, dies at 55
  • 1942 Erich Kuttner, German journalist/historian (Vorwarts), dies
  • 1943 Robert Cooper, father of Card pitcher Mort & catcher Walker, dies
  • 1945 Leonardo Conti, Nazi physician, dies by hanging himself while awaiting trial for war crimes at Nuremberg at 45
  • 1947 Leevi Antti Madetoya, composer, dies at 60
  • 1949 Robert Lynd, Irish writer and critic (News Chronicle), dies at 70
  • 1951 Henry Gurney, British high commissioner to Malaya, assassinated
  • 1951 Otto Fritz Meyerhof, German-born physician and biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1884)
  • 1951 Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), dies at 91
  • 1951 Otto Meyerhof, German psychologist and biochemist (Nobel 1922), dies at 67
  • 1953 Porter Hall, American actor (Half-Breed, Double Indemnity), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1954 Hakon Borresen, composer, dies at 78
  • 1956 Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42

  • 1956 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), dies at 70
  • 1959 Bernard Berenson, American art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance), dies at 94
  • 1960 Douglas Spencer, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), dies from diabetes at 50
  • 1962 Tod Browning, American film director (Dracula), dies at 82
  • 1964 F T Mann, cricketer (father of F G, 281 runs in 5 Tests 1922-23), dies
  • 1964 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz), dies at 85
  • 1965 Georges Vandertongerloo, Flemish sculptor/painter, dies at 78
  • 1966 Sydney Chatton, dies of heart attack at 48
  • 1968 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (b. 1917)

Person of interestWalter Hagen

1969 Walter Hagen, US PGA golfer (won 11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), dies at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1969 Walter Hagan, American golfer (11 PGA Tour major wins), dies of throat cancer at 76
  • 1972 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • 1973 Arnold Maria Walter, composer, dies at 71
  • 1973 Dennis Price, English actor ( Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), dies at 58 (b. 1915)
  • 1973 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1974 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • 1974 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), dies at 78
  • 1975 Henry Calvin, actor (Sgt Garcia-Zorro), dies at 57
  • 1976 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1979 Elizabeth Bishop, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • 1980 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1980 Ray Walker, actor (Baby Take a Bow), dies
  • 1980 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)

Person of interestAnwar Sadat

1981 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1983 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • 1984 George S Simpson, US paleontologist, dies at 82
  • 1984 George Gaylord Simpson, American paleontologist, dies at 82
  • 1985 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), dies of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 64
  • 1986 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)

Person of interestBette Davis

1989 Bette Davis, American actress (All About Eve, White Mama), dies at 81

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • 1991 Lincoln Demyan, dies at 66
  • 1991 Wendell Phillips, dies at 83 [or 10/13]
  • 1992 Bill O'Reilly, cricketer (great leggie, 774 wickets at 16 60), dies
  • 1992 Denholm Elliott, English actor (Raiders of Lost Ark), dies at 70
  • 1993 Agnes de Mille, US dancer/choreographer (Oklahoma!), dies at 88
  • 1993 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot (b. 1949)
  • 1995 Hugh Charles, songwriter/impressario, dies at 88
  • 1995 Oswald Moxley Gibbs, diplomat, dies at 67
  • 1995 Walter "Crash" Morgan, drummer, dies at 35
  • 1996 Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner, dies at 57
  • 1996 Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), dies of an aneurism at 61
  • 1997 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • 1998 Mark Belanger, American baseball player, dies at 54
  • 1999 Amalia Rodrigues, Portuguese singer and actress (b. 1920)
  • 1999 Gorilla Monsoon, American professional wrestler/commentator (b. 1937)
  • 1999 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), dies at 90
  • 2000 Richard Farnsworth, American actor (Misery, Havana, Sylvester), dies at 80
  • 2001 Arne Harris, American television sports director (b. 1934)
  • 2002 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist (Grizzly Man), dies mauled and eaten by bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska at 46
  • 2006 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)
  • 2006 Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian film director (b. 1940)

Person of interestBuck O'Neil

2006 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), dies at 94

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • 2006 Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Alex L. Shigo, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist, dies at 76
  • 2006 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), dies at 78
  • 2007 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (b. 1930)
  • 2007 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), dies from multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 2008 Kim Ji-hoo, South Korean actor and model (b. 1985)
  • 2009 Douglas Campbell, Scottish born Canadian actor (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1966)
  • 2010 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), dies at 78
  • 2012 Chadli Bendjedid, Algerian president, dies from cancer at 83
  • 2013 Will Ogdon, American composer, dies at 92
  • 2014 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), dies at 86
  • 2015 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93
  • 2015 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73
  • 2015 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), dies at 66
  • 2015 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), dies of leukemia at 78