Deaths in History on July 6

  • 1017 Genshin [Eshin Sōzu], Japanese scholar-monk of the Buddhist Tendai sect (Ōjōyōshū -"Essentials of Birth in the Pure Land"), dies at around 75

Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England (1133-1189)

King of England (1154-89), dies of a bleeding ulcer at 56

  • 1218 Eudes III, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1166)
  • 1249 Alexander II, King of Scots (1215-49), dies at 50
  • 1415 Jan Hus, Bohemian religious reformer burned for heresy by the Church at Constance, Germany (b. 1369)
  • 1476 Regiomontanus [Johannes Müller von Königsberg], German mathematician and astronomer, prepares astronomic tables, dies at 40
  • 1533 Ludovico Ariosto, Italian poet (Orlando Furioso), dies at 57
  • 1535 Sir Thomas More, philosopher, author (Utopia) and statesman, executed (beheaded) for treason at 57
  • 1553 Edward VI Tudor, King of England (1547-53), dies at 15
  • 1568 Johann Oporinus, Swiss book publisher/publisher, dies at 61
  • 1583 Edmund Grindal, English bishop of London/archbhp of York, dies at 64
  • 1585 Thomas Aufield, English Catholic martyr (b. 1552)
  • 1587 Michael Lauterbeck, assassinated Fries viceroy Willem Louis, executed
  • 1684 Peter Gunning, English royalist churchman (b. 1614)
  • 1740 Claudius Amyand, French-born British surgeon who performed first appendectomy, dies at about 80
  • 1758 George Howe, 3rd Viscount Howe, British general
  • 1759 William Pepperrell, British colonial soldier, dies at 63
  • 1792 Maria Louisa of Spain, Empress consort of the Holy Roman Empire, dies at 46
  • 1802 Daniel Morgan, American soldier and politician (Battle of Cowpens, Whiskey Rebellion), dies at 66
  • 1809 Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, French cavalry general (b. 1775)
  • 1813 Granville Sharp, English abolitionist, dies at 77
  • 1815 Samuel Whitbread, English politician, dies at 51

John MarshallJohn Marshall (1755-1835)

4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), dies at 79

  • 1851 Thomas Davenport, American inventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), dies at 48

Georg OhmGeorg Ohm (1789-1854)

German physicist and mathematician (Ohm's law), dies at 65

  • 1863 Strong Vincent, American army officer (fought at Battle of Gettysburg), dies at 26 fighting at the Little Round Top in Gettysburg
  • 1864 Samuel Allen Rice, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injuries at 36
  • 1868 Sanosuke Harada, Shinsengumi Captain (b. 1840)
  • 1871 Antonio de Castro Alves, Brazilian poet (O navio negreiro), dies at 34
  • 1890 Edwin Chadwick, British social reformer (Poor law reform, sanitation movement), dies at 90

Guy de MaupassantGuy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

French author (Boule de Suif), dies four days after trying to commit suicide by cutting his throat at 42

  • 1901 Prince Chlodwig zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1819)
  • 1907 August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein, German Linguist, Theologian (b. 1826)
  • 1914 Delmira Agustini, Uruguayan poet (El Libro Blanco), murdered at 27
  • 1916 Odilon Redon [Bertrand-Jean Redon], French symbolist painter (b. 1840)
  • 1918 Count von Mirbach, German ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • 1922 Mary Theresa Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun (founded the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver), dies at 59
  • 1932 Kenneth Grahame, English author (The Wind in the Willows), dies at 73
  • 1934 Edward Vermeulen, Flemish writer, dies at 73
  • 1946 Jeanne Lanvin, French fashion designer and perfumer (Lavin), dies at 79
  • 1952 Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, French Canadian politician (b. 1867)
  • 1959 George Grosz, German cartoonist and painter (Ecce Homo), dies at 65
  • 1960 Aneurin Bevan, Welsh politician (launched the NHS), dies at 62
  • 1961 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter and illustrator, dies at 93
  • 1961 Enrique Larreta [E Rodriguez Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer, dies at 86
  • 1962 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal, dies at 89
  • 1962 George, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, dies at 63

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner (1897-1962)

American author (As I Lay Dying, Nobel Prize for Literature 1949), dies at 64

  • 1971 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • 1971 Thomas C Heart, US admiral/commander (Asiatic fleet), dies
  • 1975 Otto Skorzeny, German/Austrian SS (Mussolini/Ardennen), dies
  • 1976 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist, dies at 89
  • 1976 Zhu De, Chinese general and politician (commander-in-chief of Eighth Route Army), dies at 89
  • 1986 Jagjivan Ram, Indian independence activist and politician, dies at 78
  • 1989 Janos Kádár, 46th Prime Minister of Hungary 5th Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Hungary (1956-58), dies at 77
  • 1990 Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle), dies at 78
  • 1990 Paul Wynne, KGO-TV SF reporter, dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1991 Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (Rex Morgan, M.D.), dies at 79
  • 1992 Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne and Guinness brewing heir, dies at 86

Marsha P. JohnsonMarsha P. Johnson (1945-1992)

African-American gay liberation and AIDS activist, drag queen, and transgender pioneer (Gay Liberation Front, S.T.A.R.), dies under suspicious circumstances at 46

  • 1993 Ruth Lady Fermoy, maternal grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, dies at 84
  • 1995 Aziz Nesin, Turkish writer, dies at 79
  • 1995 Helene Johnson, American Harlem Renaissance poet, dies at 87
  • 1998 Roy Rogers, American cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show), dies at 86
  • 1999 Barry Winchell, American soldier murdered in his sleep by a fellow soldier at 21
  • 1999 Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2000 Rederic Coote, British Anglican Bishop (Colchester), dies at 85
  • 2002 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • 2004 Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (1992-2004), dies at 71
  • 2005 Bruno Augenstein, German-born mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer, (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), dies at 91
  • 2005 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), dies at 78
  • 2005 L. Patrick Gray III, American FBI director (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-8), who played a major role in US escalation in Vietnam, dies at 93
  • 2009 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • 2012 Charles David Ganao, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, dies at 85
  • 2017 Thomas E. Sanders, American aerial cameraman (Living Daylights), dies at 63