Deaths in History on January 6

  • 664 Amr ibn al-A'as, Arab general who led the Muslim conquest of Egypt, dies at about 90
  • 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 during Elizabethan age, dies at about 65
  • 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, Venetian army general who fought the Ottomans and Doge of Venice (1688-94), dies at 74
  • 1702 Thomas Franklin, English smith/uncle of B Franklin, dies [NS=Jan 17]
  • 1718 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  • 1718 Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)
  • 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)

Haym SalomonHaym Salomon (1740-1785)

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

  • 1799 Frederik, Dutch prince of Orange-Nassau and general, dies of a fever 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

Louis BrailleLouis Braille (1809-1852)

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

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

Gregor MendelGregor Mendel (1822-1884)

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

  • 1884 Paul "the Great" Taglioni, Italian-Austrian ballet choreographer, dies at 75
  • 1885 Harishchandra, Indian poet, dramatist and commonly referred as "father of modern Hindi", dies at 34
  • 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 Hendrick Peter Godfried Quack, Dutch lawyer and economist (Bank of Neth), dies at 82
  • 1918 Georg F L P Cantor, German mathematician: collection, dies at 72
  • 1919 Max Heindel, Danish-American Christian occultist, astrologer and mystic, dies at 54

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

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

  • 1922 Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (algebraic geometry and invariant theory), dies at 79
  • 1935 George P Baker, American educator and playwright (Dramatic Technique), dies at 68
  • 1937 André Bessette, Canadian Roman Catholic religious figure, dies at 91
  • 1941 Franz Hessel, German writer, dies at 60
  • 1944 Ida Tarbell, American muckraker (The History of the Standard Oil Company), dies at 86
  • 1945 Edith Frank, mother of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank, dies from starvation at the age of 44
  • 1945 Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (b. 1863)
  • 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 (Theory of Money & Capital), dies at 68
  • 1961 Regina Ullmann, Swiss poet and 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
  • 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
  • 1976 Albert Rice Leventhal, American publisher (Little Golden Books), dies at 68
  • 1977 Hanns Lilje, German Lutheran bishop and antifascist (Church und Welt), dies at 77
  • 1978 John D. MacArthur, American insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • 1981 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), dies at 84
  • 1985 Robert W. Welch Jr., American businessman who founded the conservative 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, American character alces (Northern Exposure), dies at 6
  • 1994 Virginia Kelley Clinton, Mother of President Clinton, dies at 70
  • 1995 Edward Sutcliffe, British 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, British diplomat and Conservative 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, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica, dies at 49
  • 2005 Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)
  • 2005 Louis Robichaud, Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1925)
  • 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)
  • 2011 Don Tyson, American businessman, founder of Tyson Foods, dies at 80
  • 2012 Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
  • 2012 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist (anticipated challenger disaster), dies at 73
  • 2021 Satya Paul, Indian fashion designer and entrepreneur who invented the modern sari, dies of a stroke at 79 [1]