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Deaths in History on August 6

  • 258 Saint Sixtus II, bishop of Rome (257-58), beheaded under orders of Emperor Valerian
  • 523 Hormisdas, Pope (514-23) reunited Eastern and Western Churches, dies
  • 966 Berengarius II, markgraaf of Ivrea/king of Italy (950-963)
  • 1162 Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona
  • 1195 Henry de Leeuw, duke of Saxon/Bayern, dies
  • 1221 Dominicus, Italian religious order founder (Dominicans)
  • 1272 Stefanus V, prince of Transylvania/king of Hungary (1270-72), dies
  • 1414 King Ladislas of Naples (b. 1377)
  • 1458 Callixtus III, [Alfonso the Borja], Pope (1455-58), dies at 79
  • 1623 Anne Hathaway, wife of English playwright William Shakespeare, dies aged 66 or 67
  • 1628 Johannes Junius, Mayor of Bamberg (b. 1573)

Person of interestBen Jonson

1637 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet, dies at 65

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1645 Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex, English merchant, dies at 70
  • 1657 Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Polish-Lithuanian noble
  • 1660 Diego Velázquez, Spanish painter (Las Meninas), dies at 61
  • 1661 Jacqueline-Marie-Angélique Arnauld, French abbess (Port-Royal de Paris), dies at about 70

  • 1666 Tsjerk Hiddes de Vries, Dutch admiral, dies in battle at 43
  • 1679 John Snell, British royalist, dies at 49 or 50
  • 1695 François de Harlay de Champvallon, Archbishop of Paris, dies at 69
  • 1718 Jacob F Muller, [Sjako/Jaco], German Dutch thief 'the Robin Hood of Amsterdam', beheaded at 28
  • 1727 François Valentijn, Dutch vicar and writer (Old and New East-India), dies at 61
  • 1746 Christian VI, King of Denmark and Norway, dies at 46
  • 1753 Georg Wilhelm Richmann, Russian physicist (struck by lightning) (b. 1711)
  • 1759 Eugene Aram, English philologist (b. 1704)
  • 1783 Willem Bachiene, Dutch vicar, theologist, geographer and astronomer, dies at 70
  • 1794 Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, British politician (b. 1714)
  • 1815 James A. Bayard (elder), United States Senator from Delaware (b. 1767)
  • 1820 Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of York and Albany, dies at 53
  • 1828 Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman, dies of a fever at 43
  • 1850 Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805)
  • 1862 Francisco Acuña de Figueroa, Uruguayan poet (Toraidas), dies at 71
  • 1866 John Mason Neale, English divine, scholar and hymnwriter (b. 1818)
  • 1881 James Springer White, American theologian (co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), dies at 60
  • 1884 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman, dies at 71
  • 1886 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • 1893 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1811)

  • 1900 Wilhelm Liebknecht, German socialist (Social Democratic Party), dies at 74
  • 1914 Ellen Axson Wilson, US 1st Lady (1913-14), dies during Woodrow Wilson's 1st term of Bright's Disease at 54
  • 1920 Stefan Bastyr, Polish aviator, first flight in independent Poland (b. 1890)
  • 1934 Hermann Glauert, British aerodynamicist, dies at 41
  • 1937 Annie E F Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre), dies at 76
  • 1937 Ferdinand CS Schiller, British philosopher (Mind!), dies at 72
  • 1937 Annie Horniman, English theater owner (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), dies at 76
  • 1945 Hiram Johnson, American progressive politician, US Senator, Governor of California (1911-17), dies at 78
  • 1945 Prince Wu of Korea (b. 1912)
  • 1954 Theo Van Reijn, Dutch sculptor and lithograph, dies at 70
  • 1961 Jozef E Van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechelen, dies at 87
  • 1965 Aksel Sandemose, writer, dies
  • 1966 Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, sci-fi author (Space Lords), dies at 53
  • 1966 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913)
  • 1968 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician (Communist Party of Belgium (PCB)), dies at 60
  • 1969 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 65

Person of interestFulgencio Batista

1973 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, Cuban Dictator (1940-58), dies at 72

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • 1978 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76

Person of interestPaul VI

1978 Pope Paul VI [Giovanni Montini], 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78), dies of a heart attack at 80

Pope Paul VI
Pope
Paul VI
  • 1986 Emilio Fernandez, director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), dies at 82
  • 1986 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • 1986 William J Schroeder, (longest-survivor with permanent artificial) heart, dies at 54, after 620 days with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
  • 1987 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WWII), dies at 91
  • 1988 Anatoli S Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • 1988 J Skelly Wright, American judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77
  • 1990 Jacques Soustelle, Fren ethnology/minister of Information, dies at 78
  • 1990 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), dies at 62
  • 1990 Robert Alex, shot to death by robber at 31
  • 1991 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • 1991 Roland Michener, 20th Governor General of Canada (1967-74), dies at 91
  • 1993 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, dies at 67
  • 1995 Paul James Nunn, mountaineer, dies at 52
  • 1996 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile), dies at 69
  • 1996 Hernan Siles Zuazo, President of Bolivia (1956-60, 1982-85), dies at 82
  • 1996 Muhammad al-Badr, magnate of Northern Yemen (1962), dies
  • 1996 Ossie Raymond Clark, fashion designer, dies at 54
  • 1996 Richard Murphey Goodwin, economist, dies at 83
  • 1998 André Weil, French mathematician (foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry), dies at 92
  • 2001 Jorge Amado de Faria, Brazilian writer (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Wilhelm Mohnke, one of the original 120 members of the Nazi SS-Staff Guard (b. 1911)
  • 2002 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Atle Selberg, Norwegian mathematician (number theory), dies at 90
  • 2009 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), dies at 73
  • 2011 Mark Hatfield, American politician (29th Governor of Oregon), dies at 89
  • 2011 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist of the Philippines, dies at 99
  • 2012 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • 2012 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • 2016 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-950, dies at 92
  • 2018 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2018 Margaret Heckler, American politician (15th U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)), dies at 87