Deaths in History on February 6

  • 743 Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, 10th Umayyad caliph (724-43), dies at about 52
  • 891 Photius, Byzantine saint, theologist and Patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • 1140 Thurstan, archbishop of York, dies
  • 1378 Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V of France (b. 1338)
  • 1515 Aldus Manutius, Italian printer
  • 1585 Edmund Plowden, English legal scholar (b. 1518)
  • 1593 Emperor Ōgimachi, 106th Emperor of Japan, dies at 75
  • 1612 Christopher Clavius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1617 Prospero Alpini, Italian botanist and physician (De Plantis Aegypti liber) known for his study of date palms, dies at 63

Charles IICharles II (1630-1685)

King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54

  • 1695 Ahmed II, 21st Sultan of Turkey (1691-95), dies at 51
  • 1699 Jozef Ferdinand of Bavaria, heir of Spanish king Carlos II, dies
  • 1740 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Italian Pope (1730-40) who despite ill health and total blindness (1732) unsuccessfully stemmed decline of papal influence, dies at 87
  • 1775 William Dowdeswell, English politician (b. 1721)
  • 1783 Lancelot "Capability" Brown, English landscape architect who designed over 170 parks, dies at about 67
  • 1785 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48

Joseph PriestleyJoseph Priestley (1733-1804)

English chemist, theologian and author who discovered oxygen and carbonated water, dies at 70

  • 1816 Maria Ludwika Rzewuska, Polish szlachcianka (b. 1744)
  • 1825 William Eustis, 12th Governor of Massachusetts (1823-25), dies at 71
  • 1833 Pierre André Latreille, French entomologist (first detailed classification of crustaceans and insects), dies at 70
  • 1834 Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer, dies from his injuries sustained by a musket ball at 29
  • 1855 Josef Munzinger, Swiss Federal Councilor, dies at 63
  • 1865 John Pegram, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 33
  • 1881 Pieter Mijer, Gov-Gen of Neth Indies (1866-72), dies at 68
  • 1896 Abraham Czn van Stolk, Dutch art collector, dies at 82
  • 1897 Ebenezer C Brewer, British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable), dies
  • 1899 Georg Leo earl von Caprivi, German chancellor, dies at 67
  • 1899 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, dies at 24 in mysterious circumstances
  • 1910 Alfonso Maria Fusco. Beatified Italian Roman Catholic priest and founder (b.1839)
  • 1914 Albert Neuhuys, Dutch painter of peasant families (Laren School), dies at 69
  • 1916 Anne C A I van Diest, Belgian physician/feminist, dies at 73
  • 1916 Rubén Darío, Nicaraguan writer (b. 1867)
  • 1917 Édouard Drumont, French anti-semite journalist, dies at 72
  • 1918 Gustav Klimt, Austrian painter/cartoonist, dies at 55
  • 1919 Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg, German-Dutch sculptor and architect of church interiors, dies at 81
  • 1923 E. E. [Edward Emerson] Barnard, American astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65
  • 1930 Eva Strittmatter, German writer (Tinko), dies at 17
  • 1938 Marianne Von Werefkin, Russian-German-Swiss Expressionist painter, dies at 77
  • 1941 Maximilien Luce, French painter, dies at 82
  • 1942 Wobbe de Vries, Dutch linguist, dies at 78
  • 1943 HA Seyffardt, Dutch lt-gen/NSB "minister", dies at 71
  • 1945 Jan Bos, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1945 Paul Bos, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1948 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • 1950 Frank Speck, American anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), dies at 68
  • 1950 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)

George VIGeorge VI (1895-1952)

King of the United Kingdom (1936-52), dies of a coronary thrombosis at 56

  • 1963 Abd el-Krim [Mohamed ibn Abdelkrim El-Khattabi], Moroccan political and military leader (Republic of the Rif), dies at 85
  • 1964 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
  • 1972 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
  • 1973 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
  • 1979 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • 1979 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • 1981 Frederica of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece, dies at 63
  • 1982 Ben Nicholson, English painter & sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • 1985 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1986 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th Salvation Army General, dies at 86
  • 1986 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (World Trade Center, NYC), dies of stomach cancer at 73
  • 1988 Marghanita Laski, English journalist and author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies at 72
  • 1989 Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
  • 1989 Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • 1991 Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow, dies
  • 1991 Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 78

Jack KirbyJack Kirby (1917-1994)

American cartoonist (X-Men; Spider-Man; Hulk; Captain America), dies at 76

  • 1995 James Ingram Merrill, American poet (Braving the Elements), dies at 68
  • 1996 Rosemary Tsay, drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76
  • 1997 Anne Wadman, Dutch critic and writer who wrote in Frisian (Fioele & faem, Smearlappen), dies at 77
  • 1998 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • 1998 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • 2001 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • 2001 Fulgence Charpentier, French Canadian journalist, dies at 103
  • 2001 Jack Hyles, Independent Baptist pastor (First Baptist Church of Hammond 1959-2001), dies at 74
  • 2002 John R. Farndon, British surgeon and professor, dies at 53
  • 2002 Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • 2003 Peter Saunders, English theater producer (created The Mousetrap - world's longest play), dies at 91
  • 2005 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)
  • 2007 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), dies at 74
  • 2007 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • 2008 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2011 Kenneth H Olsen, American electrical engineer, and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, dies at 84
  • 2012 Antoni Tapies, Spanish painter, sculptor and theorist (Dau al Set), dies at 88
  • 2012 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), dies from breast cancer at 55
  • 2012 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, dies at 85
  • 2015 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • 2018 Joe Knollenberg, American politician (Rep-R-Michigan 1993-2009), dies at 84
  • 2019 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist (The Shell Seekers), dies at 94

George P. ShultzGeorge P. Shultz (1920-2021)

American economist, and statesman (Secretary of State, 1982-89; Secretary of the Treasury, 1972-74), dies at 100 [1]