Deaths in History on April 6

  • 885 Methodius, Greek apostle of the slaves/archbishop of Sirmium, dies
  • 912 Nottker "the Stamelaar", benedictine monk/poet, dies at about 71
  • 1147 Frederick II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1090)
  • 1199 Pierre Basile, French soldier

Richard the LionheartRichard the Lionheart (1157-1199)

King of England (1189-99) known as Richard the Lion Hearted, dies as the result of a wound at 41

  • 1252 Saint Peter of Verona, Italian inquisitor, assassinated at 45
  • 1348 Petrarch's Laura, dies of plague
  • 1362 Jacques de Bourbon, count of Marche, killed in battle
  • 1472 Pieter Bladelin, Belgian land owner (Middelburg castle), dies
  • 1489 Hans Waldmann, Swiss military/mayor (Zurich), beheaded
  • 1490 Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary and Croatia (1458-1490) created the Bibliotheca Corviniana, dies at 47

RaphaelRaphael (1483-1520)

Italian painter and master builder (Sistine Madonna, School of Athens), dies on his 37th birthday

  • 1528 Albrecht Dürer, German Renaissance painter and printmaker (Adam and Eve), dies at 56
  • 1551 Joachim Vadian [Vadianus] Swiss humanist, scholar and protestant reformer, dies at 66
  • 1571 John Hamilton, Scottish prelate (Archbishop of St Andrews, 1547-71), and politician, dies at 59
  • 1590 Francis Walsingham, English secretary of state, dies at about 57
  • 1593 Henry Barrow, English puritian/Congressionalist, hanged
  • 1593 John Greenwood, English Congressionalist, hanged
  • 1605 John Stow, English historian (Survey of London), dies
  • 1655 David Blondel, French Protestant clergyman (b. 1591)
  • 1661 John Webster, colonial Governor of Connecticut (Fundamental Orders of Connecticut), dies at about 71
  • 1686 Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey, English royalist statesman, dies at 71
  • 1707 Willem Van de Velde, the Younger, Dutch seascape painter, dies at 73
  • 1755 Richard Rawlinson, English minister and antiquarian (b. 1690)
  • 1825 Vladimir Borovikovsky [Vоlоdymyr Borovyk], Russian painter, died at 67
  • 1829 Niels H Able, Norwegian mathematician (infinite series), dies at 26
  • 1833 Adamántios Koraïs, Greek humanist scholar, dies at 84
  • 1838 José Bonifácio de Andrada, Brazilian statesman, dies at 74
  • 1854 William Strickland, US architect, dies
  • 1862 Adley H. Gladden, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 51
  • 1862 Albert Sidney Johnston, US Confederate general, dies in battle at 59
  • 1865 Colonel Reuben B Boston, US Confederate cavalry, killed in action during Battle of High Bridge in Farmville, Virginia at 30
  • 1865 John Austin Wharton, American lawyer and Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 36
  • 1883 Benjamin Wright Raymond, American politician (b. 1801)
  • 1884 Emanuel Geibel, writer, dies at 68
  • 1888 Thomas Green Clemson, American politician and founder of Clemson University, dies at 80
  • 1902 Gleb Uspensky, Russian author (Power of the Soil), dies at 58
  • 1906 Alexander Lange Kielland, Norwegian writer (Gist; Fortuna; St. Hans Fest), and politician (mayor; governor), dies at 57
  • 1918 John Q. A. Brackett, American politician, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (1890-91), dies at 75
  • 1926 Giovanni Amendola, Italian anti-fascist and editor-in-chief (Il Mondo), dies at 43
  • 1933 Elizabeth Bacon Custer, American author, public speaker and wife of George Armstrong Custer, dies at 90
  • 1935 Edward Arlington Robinson, American poet, dies
  • 1939 Robert Courtneidge, British theater producer, dies
  • 1947 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (Reich Minister for Food and Agriculture), dies at 50
  • 1953 Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • 1961 Jules Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (syphillis, Nobel 1919), dies at 90
  • 1962 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • 1963 Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)
  • 1968 Robert "Bobby" Hutton, American Black Panther leader and treasurer, shot to death by Oakland police at 17
  • 1970 Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)

Hudson FyshHudson Fysh (1895-1974)

Australian aviator, businessman and co-founder of QANTAS, dies at 79

  • 1974 Ronald Russell, British journalist, author and Conservative politician, dies at 69
  • 1974 Willem Dudok, Dutch architect (Hilversum Town Hall; Beehive Rotterdam), dies at 89

Chiang Kai-shekChiang Kai-shek (1887-1975)

Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China (1928-1975), dies at 87

  • 1976 Ruth Plumly Thomson, American children's writer (Oz series), dies at 84
  • 1976 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • 1981 Ray C. Bliss, American Republican party figure (Chairman Republican National Committee 1965-69), dies at 73
  • 1982 Paul Wiens, German writer and Stasi informant, dies at 59
  • 1983 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • 1990 Nancy Hawkes, (1946 best dressed woman), dies at 73
  • 1990 Ronald E Evans, American astronaut (Apollo 17), dies of a heart attack at 57

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov (1920-1992)

Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), dies from kidney failure at 72

  • 1993 Hedi Amira Nouira, Prime Minister of Tunisia (1970-80), dies
  • 1994 Cyprien Ntaryamira, 5th President of Burundi (1994), assassinated by missile strike on the plane he was travelling on over Kigali, Rwanda at 39

Juvénal HabyarimanaJuvénal Habyarimana (1937-1994)

Rwandan General, Dictator and President of Rwanda (1973-94), assassinated by missile strike on his plane over Kigali, Rwanda at 57

  • 1994 Theo Bosch, Dutch humanist and architect (Amsterdam), dies of cardiac arrest at 54
  • 1995 Vieno J Sukselainen, Prime Minister of Finland (1959-61), dies
  • 1996 Gordon Clough, English journalist (BBC Radio 4), dies at 61
  • 1997 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, dies at 81
  • 2000 Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian statesman, 1st President of Tunisia (1957-87), dies at 96
  • 2003 David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)
  • 2003 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, Canadian religious figure (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)

Rainier IIIRainier III (1923-2005)

Prince of Monaco (1949-2005), dies at 81

  • 2006 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite, dies at 89
  • 2010 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from cancer at 79
  • 2010 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2011 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Pakistani Sindhi scholar (compiled first Sindhi-English dictionary), dies at 93 [1]
  • 2012 Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, dies from heart attack at 78
  • 2012 Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident, dies at 76
  • 2012 Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54
  • 2015 Dave Ulliott, English poker player (World Series of Poker bracelet 1997; World Poker Open 2003), dies of colon cancer at 61
  • 2018 Daniel Akaka, American educator and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii), dies at 93
  • 2018 Julien Van Remoortere [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist), dies at 87
  • 2019 Richard Green, American sexologist, lawyer, and author who advocated for gay and transexual rights, dies of oesophageal cancer at 82