On This Day

Deaths in History on February 6

  • 743 Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, 10th Muslim caliph, dies at about 52
  • 891 Photius, Byzantine theologist/patriarch of Constantinople/saint, 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 Prosper Alpinus/Prospero Alpini, Italian physician/botanist, dies at 63

Person of interestCharles II

1685 Charles II, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1660-85), dies at 54

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 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

  • 1793 Carlo Goldoni, Italian playwright and librettist (Belisario, Servant of Two Masters), dies at 85

Person of interestJoseph Priestley

1804 Joseph Priestley, English chemist, theologian and author who discovered oxygen and carbonated water, dies at 70

Chemist, Theologian and Author Joseph Priestley
Chemist, Theologian and Author
Joseph Priestley
  • 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 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • 1950 Frank Speck, American anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans) dies at 68

Person of interestGeorge VI

1952 George VI, King of the United Kingdom (1936-52), dies of a coronary thrombosis at 56

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • 1963 Abd el-Krim, Moroccan political and military leader (Republic of the Rif), dies at 85
  • 1964 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo
Revolutionary and 1st President of the Philippines
Emilio Aguinaldo
  • 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 (b. 1912)
  • 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

Person of interestJack Kirby

1994 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Capt America), dies at 76

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • 1995 James Ingram Merrill, American poet (Braving the elements), dies at 68
  • 1996 Rosemary Tsay, drama critic/SOE operator, dies at 76
  • 1998 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • 1998 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • 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 Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • 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 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2008 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • 2012 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), dies from breast cancer at 55
  • 2012 Antoni Tapies, Spanish painter, sculptor and theorist (Dau al Set) dies at 88
  • 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
  • 2019 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist (The Shell Seekers), dies at 94