Deaths in History on January 6

  • 664 Amr ibn al-A'as, Arab general (bc. 583)
  • 1088 Berengarius of Tours, French theologist, dies
  • 1275 Raymundus of Penafort, Spanish church law scholar, dies
  • 1374 Andreas Corsini, Italian saint/bishop of Fiesole, dies
  • 1425 Jan of Bavaria, liege of Holland/bishop/duke, dies
  • 1481 Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Golden Horde (1465-1481)
  • 1536 Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter, dies at 54
  • 1541 Bernard van Orley, Flemish royal painter of Hungary, dies at about 52
  • 1592 John Casimir of Simmern, German prince and regent for his nephew, Elector Frederick IV (b. 1543)
  • 1616 Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur (bc. 1550)
  • 1646 Elias Hill, German architect of Augsburg, dies at 72
  • 1689 Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1617)
  • 1693 Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey), dies at 51
  • 1694 Francesco Morosini, Italian army general, dies
  • 1702 Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies [NS=Jan 17]
  • 1718 Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)

  • 1718 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  • 1725 Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Japanese playwright (Yotsugi Soga), dies at about 71
  • 1731 Étienne François Geoffroy, French physician and chemist (1718 affinity table), dies at 58
  • 1734 John Dennis, English dramatist whose thunder was stolen (b. 1657)

Person of interestHaym Salomon

1785 Haym Salomon, Polish-born American broker who helped finance the American Revolution, dies in Philadelphia at 44

Financier Haym Salomon
Financier
Haym Salomon
  • 1799 W G Frederik, prince of Orange/general, dies at 25
  • 1813 Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general, dies at 48
  • 1840 Fanny Burney, English novelist (Camille, Evalina), dies at 87
  • 1849 Hartley Coleridge, English poet, dies at 52

Person of interestLouis Braille

1852 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, dies of tuberculosis at 43

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • 1855 Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (b. 1779)
  • 1882 Richard Henry Dana Jr., American author (Two Years Before the Mast), dies at 66

Person of interestGregor Mendel

1884 Gregor Mendel, Austrian monk and geneticist (discoverer of laws of heredity), dies at 61

Monk/Geneticist Gregor Mendel
Monk/Geneticist
Gregor Mendel
  • 1884 Paul Taglioni, "the Great," Ital/Austrian choreographer, dies at 75
  • 1885 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, dies at 72
  • 1902 Jan Bloch, Polish military theorist and peace activist, dies at 65
  • 1913 Frederick Hitch, English Victoria Cross Winner (b. 1856)
  • 1917 Hendrik P G Quack, lawyer/economist (Bank of Neth), dies at 82
  • 1918 Georg F L P Cantor, German mathematician: collection, dies at 72

Person of interestTheodore Roosevelt

1919 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), dies in NY at 60

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1919 Max Heindel, Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer and mystic, dies at 54
  • 1922 Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (algebraic geometry and invariant theory), dies at 79
  • 1929 Nicolas Nikolayevitch, grand-duke of Russia, dies at 72
  • 1935 George P Baker, American educator and playwright (Dramatic Technique), dies at 68
  • 1937 André Besette, Canadian religious figure (b. 1845)

  • 1941 Franz Hessel, German writer, dies at 60
  • 1944 Ida Tarbell, American journalist (b. 1857)
  • 1945 Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (b. 1863)
  • 1945 Edith Frank, mother of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, dies from starvation at the age of 44
  • 1950 Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • 1958 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
  • 1960 Edith Barstow, American choreographer (Frankie Laine Time, The Gem of the Ocean), dies at 54
  • 1960 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Scope & Means), dies at 68
  • 1961 Regina Ullmann, writer, dies at 76
  • 1962 Jacob "Jaap" Nanninga, Dutch painter (France, N Africa), dies at 57
  • 1963 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • 1964 Edgar Maass, German/American author (Verdun), dies at 67
  • 1967 Arnhem "Tata" Joseph Weiss, "the Zigeunerbaron," buried
  • 1968 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • 1972 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • 1974 David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican sculptor/muralist, dies at 77
  • 1977 Hanns Lilje, German Lutheran bishop and antifascist (Church und Welt), dies at 77
  • 1978 John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • 1981 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), dies at 84
  • 1984 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • 1985 Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • 1986 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • 1991 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1992 Avon Jaeger Hill, entertainer, dies of cancer at 44
  • 1993 Elisabeth, arch duch of Austria/princess of Liechtenstein, dies at 70
  • 1994 "Iron" Adriaan van Es, Dutch undersec of Navy (1963-72), dies at 80
  • 1994 Gerardus J Sizoo, physicist/director of Dutch Free University, dies
  • 1994 Morty the Moose, (Northern Exposure), dies at 6
  • 1994 Virginia Kelley Clinton, Mother of President Clinton, dies at 70
  • 1995 Edward Sutcliffe, judge (British Central Criminal Court), dies at 77
  • 1995 Joe Slovo, Latvian/South African attorney/sect-gen (SACR), dies at 68
  • 1996 Duane Hanson, American sculptor and artist, dies at 70
  • 1996 Henry Lennox d'Aubigny Hopkinson, diplomat/politician, dies at 94
  • 1996 John Phillipps Kenyon, historian/teacher, dies at 68
  • 1997 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, British journalist, dies at 52
  • 1997 Litz Pisk, movement teacher, dies at 87
  • 2000 Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • 2004 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, dies at 82
  • 2004 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
  • 2005 Louis Robichaud, Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Hugh Thompson Jr., American Vietnam War veteran who played a major role in ending the 1968 My Lai massacre, dies of cancer at 62
  • 2007 Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)
  • 2012 Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
  • 2012 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist (anticipated challenger disaster), dies at 73