Deaths in History on June 6

  • 840 Agobard, archbishop of Lyon (anti-semite), dies
  • 1134 Norbertus van Xanten, monastery founder, dies at about 51
  • 1393 Emperor Go-En'yū of Japan, 5th Northern Emperor (1371-82), dies at 34
  • 1480 Vecchietta, Italian artist and architect
  • 1548 Juan de Castro, Portuguese explorer (b. 1500)
  • 1563 Ikeda Nagamasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1519)
  • 1583 Nakagawa Kiyohide, Japanese warlord (b. 1556)
  • 1671 Stenka/Stepan Razin, Russian cossack/boer leader quartered alive (ns. 16 June)
  • 1686 Joannes B van Neercassel, RC spiritual leader of Neth, dies at 60
  • 1710 Francoise de la Baume Le Blanc, mistress of King Louis XIV, dies at 65
  • 1730 Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon, Marshal of France, dies at 83
  • 1740 Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
  • 1762 George Anson, 1st Baron Anson, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 65
  • 1784 Joan Derk, Baron van der Capellen tot den Pol, Leader of democratic Patriots, dies at 42

Patrick HenryPatrick Henry (1736-1799)

American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, dies at 63

  • 1813 Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, French architect
  • 1816 Christiane Vulpius, wife of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, dies at 51
  • 1832 Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, social reformer and founder of modern utilitarianism, dies at 84
  • 1836 Anthony of Saxony, King of Saxony (1827-36), dies at 80
  • 1840 Marcellin Champagnat, French priest (b. 1789)
  • 1843 Friedrich Hölderlin, German poet and dramatist (b. 1770)
  • 1861 Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1810)
  • 1861 Giuseppe Concone, Italian singing teacher, dies at 59
  • 1862 Turner Ashby, General, killed near Harrisonburg, Virginia, dies at 33
  • 1865 William Quantrill, American guerrilla leader in the Confederate Army who led Quantrill's Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre, dies of wounds at 27
  • 1878 Robert Stirling, Scottish inventor (Stirling cycle engine) (b. 1790)

John A. MacdonaldJohn A. Macdonald (1815-1891)

1st Prime Minister of Canada (1867-73 and 1878-91), dies of a stroke at 76

  • 1898 Constant A Serrure, Flemish historian, dies at 62
  • 1906 Johan Philip van der Kellen, Dutch stamp cutter, lithographer and writer, dies at 74
  • 1908 Felipe G. Calderon, Filipino lawyer, politician, educator, and co-author of Malolos Constitution (of the First Philippine Republic), dies at 40
  • 1914 Walter T Watts-Dunton, English lawyer, poet and writer (Aylwin), dies at 81

Yuan ShikaiYuan Shikai (1859-1916)

Chinese general and President of the Republic of China (1916), dies of uremia at 56

  • 1934 Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor and early television pioneer (also invented the altimeter and automobile self-starter), dies at 66
  • 1934 Julije Kempf, Croatian historian and writer (b. 1864)
  • 1935 Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, British army officer, dies at 72
  • 1938 Rafael Guízar y Valencia, Mexican Catholic bishop (cared for the wounded, sick, and dying during the Mexican Revolution), dies at 60
  • 1943 Karl Landsteiner, Austrian immunologist and pathologist (Nobel 1930 for the discovery of different blood groups), dies at 74
  • 1944 Den Brotheridge, British lieutenant who was the 1st to die during D-Day landings in World War II is killed at 28
  • 1945 Meinoud M Rost van Tonningen, Dutch Nazi collaborator (National Socialist Movement (1937-41), commits suicide at 51

Gerhart HauptmannGerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946)

German author (Before Dawn - Nobel Prize in Literature, 1912), dies at 83

  • 1948 Louis Lumière, French inventor, with brother Auguste made 1st motion picture in 1895, dies at 83
  • 1955 Max Meldrum, Scottish-Australian painter (founder of Australian Tonalism), dies at 79

Hiram BinghamHiram Bingham (1875-1956)

American archaeologist who re-discovered the Incan site of Machu Picchu, dies at 80

Carl JungCarl Jung (1875-1961)

Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

  • 1962 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, dies at 34
  • 1963 William Baziotes, American painter (abstract expressionist), dies at 50
  • 1967 Edward G Givens Jr, Major USAF/astronaut, dies in an car crash at 47
  • 1968 Franklin Clark Fry, American minister (World Rad of Church), dies at 67
  • 1968 Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill (b. 1911)

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy (1925-1968)

American politician (D-Sen-NY, US Attorney General), assassinated in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

Miles DempseyMiles Dempsey (1896-1969)

British WWII general (XIII Corps, Second Army), dies of cancer at 72

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty (1892-1976)

American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies at 83

  • 1982 Kenneth Rexroth, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 1983 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), dies at 95
  • 1984 A. Bertram Chandler, Anglo-Australian mariner and sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • 1986 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • 1991 Sylvia Porter, economist/author (Money Book), dies at 77
  • 1993 James Bridges, writer/director (Paper Chase), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1993 Peter Tazelaar, adjutant of Dutch queen Wilhelmina, dies at 73
  • 1994 Jan Slot, Dutch mayor (Eethen/Hardenberg/Ede), dies at 80
  • 1995 James Anderson, writer, dies at 41
  • 1995 Rene Firino-Martell, French cognac manufacturer (Martell), dies at 68
  • 1996 George Davis Snell, American geneticist (1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, H-2 gene), dies at 92
  • 1996 Jean Sinclair, South African campaigner, founder member and first president of the Black Sash in 1955, dies at 88
  • 2000 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), dies at 78
  • 2003 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • 2003 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office), dies at 78
  • 2004 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), dies of cancer at 46
  • 2005 Maya Kopitseva, Russian painter of the Leningrad school, dies at 81
  • 2006 Arnold Newman, American photographer (b. 1918)
  • 2011 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, dies at 16
  • 2013 Jerome Karle, American chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 94
  • 2013 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • 2014 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), dies at 86
  • 2015 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • 2015 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80
  • 2016 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, dies at 42

Peter ShafferPeter Shaffer (1926-2016)

English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, dies at 90

  • 2017 Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi businessman (arms dealing), dies at 81