Deaths in History on June 7

  • 555 Vigilius, Italian Pope (537-55), dies

Robert the BruceRobert the Bruce (1274-1329)

King of Scots (1306-1329) and national hero, dies at 54

  • 1337 William the Good, Count of Hainaut and Earl of Holland and Zealand, dies at about 49
  • 1358 Ashikaga Takauji, Japanese shogun (b. 1305)
  • 1394 Anne of Bohemia, Queen of England and wife of Richard II, dies at 28
  • 1492 Casimir IV Jagiellon, King of Poland (1447-92), dies at 64
  • 1549 Eelke Fouckens, Frisian anabaptist, beheaded
  • 1555 Maarten van Rossum, Dutch army leader, dies at about 76
  • 1618 Thomas West, 3rd & 12th Baron De La Warr, English Jamestown colonist and Governor of Virginia, dies at 40
  • 1626 Anne of Saint Bartholomew, Flemish Roman Catholic nun, dies at 76
  • 1667 Thomas de Keyser, Amsterdam master builder/painter, buried
  • 1672 Willem J van Gendt, admiral/governor of Breda, dies at about 37
  • 1710 Louise de La Vallière, French mistress of Louis XIV (1661-67), dies at 65
  • 1711 Henry Dodwell, Irish theologian (b. 1641)
  • 1754 Nikolaj Eigtved, Danish, architect (Amalienborg Square), dies at 52
  • 1779 William Warburton, English critic and Bishop of Gloucester (b. 1698)
  • 1799 Increase Sumner, American politician (5th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 52
  • 1800 Willem Arnold Alting, Dutch governor-general of Dutch East Indies (1780-97), dies at 75
  • 1810 Luigi Schiavonetti, Italian engraver (b. 1765)
  • 1814 Robert Jasper van der Capellen, Dutch politician and Master of Marsch, dies at 71
  • 1821 Tudor Vladimirescu, Romanian rebellion-leader (b. cca. 1780)
  • 1826 Joseph von Fraunhofer, German physicist (b. 1787)
  • 1840 Frederik Willem III, King of Prussia (1797-1840), dies at 69
  • 1847 Adolph Gopel, German mathematician, dies at 35
  • 1854 Charles Baudin, French admiral (b. 1792)
  • 1859 David Cox, English painter (Treatise on Landscape Paint), dies at 73
  • 1862 William B. Mumford, 1st US citizen hanged for treason, at 42
  • 1866 Chief Seattle, Native American leader
  • 1871 Thomas Jackson Rodman, American military inventor of the rodman gun and perforated-cake gunpowder, dies on duty at 54
  • 1877 Winand Staring, Dutch geologist (Bottom of Netherlands), dies at 68
  • 1890 Reuben Lindsay Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • 1896 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian-American artist, dies from tuberculosis at 47
  • 1899 Augustin Daly, American playwright and theatrical manager, dies at 60
  • 1899 William Stephen Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 77
  • 1906 Johan P. Van de Kellen, stamp cutter/lithographer, dies at 74
  • 1911 Maurice Rouvier, French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1905-06), dies at 69
  • 1916 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (b. 1847)
  • 1925 Camille Flammarion, French astronomer, Mars researcher and popularizer of astronomy, dies at 83
  • 1927 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Quebec), dies at 79
  • 1927 Voikov, Soviet ambassador to Warsaw, murdered
  • 1928 Chiang Tsolin, Chinese warlord of North-China, murdered
  • 1935 Ivan V Mitsjoerin, Russian botanist, dies
  • 1935 Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Russian botanist (more than 300 new types of fruit), dies at 79
  • 1936 Stjepan Seljan, Croatian explorer, dies at 60
  • 1938 Norbert Fonteyne, Flemish writer (How Flemings Came Late), dies
  • 1942 Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer, dies at 38
  • 1945 Nishida Kitaro, Japanese philosopher (Kyoto School), dies at 74
  • 1951 Bobel, Braune, Naumann, Ohlendorf, Pohl, Schallenmair & Otto Schmidt, Nazi war criminals, hanged

Alan TuringAlan Turing (1912-1954)

British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41 (b. 1912)

  • 1956 Julien Benda, Fren philosopher/writer (La trahison des clercs), dies
  • 1957 Elizabeth S Kingsley, double-Crostic puzzle creator, dies
  • 1961 Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies
  • 1965 Richard Billinger, Austria poet/writer (Bauernpassion), dies
  • 1966 (Hans) "Jean" Arp, German-French sculptor, artist and poet, dies at 78
  • 1967 Anatoly Maltsev, Russian mathematician (decidability of various algebraic groups), dies at 57

Dorothy ParkerDorothy Parker (1893-1967)

American poet (Enough Rope), short story writer and satirist (1958 Marjorie Peabody Award), dies at 73

E. M. ForsterE. M. Forster (1879-1970)

English writer and novelist (Maurice, Passage to India), dies at 91

  • 1973 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), dies at 57
  • 1974 Émilie Charmy, French avant-garde artist, dies at 96
  • 1978 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1967, dies at 80
  • 1979 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, dies at 53
  • 1980 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)

Henry MillerHenry Miller (1891-1980)

American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88

  • 1983 Charles von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium prince, buried
  • 1987 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • 1989 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • 1991 Antoine Blondin, French writer (L'Europe buissonnière), dies at 69
  • 1994 Dennis Potter, British TV dramatist (The Singing Detective, Karaoke, Midnight Movie), dies of cancer at 59
  • 1994 Joseph Ruzindana, Rwandian bishop of Bjumba, murdered
  • 1994 Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist, dies at 42
  • 1994 Vincent Nsengijumva, Rwandan archbishop of Kigali, murdered
  • 1995 Hsuan Hua, influential Buddhist master in the United States (b. 1918)
  • 1995 Wijnie Jabaaij, Dutch politician (PvdA), dies at 56
  • 1996 José María Valverde, Spanish philosopher, poet and translator (La espera, Historia de la literatura universal), dies at 70
  • 1996 Noel Walton Bott, British engineer (father of wave energy), dies at 88
  • 1996 Percy Edwards, English entertainer (known for his animal impressions), dies at 88
  • 1996 Robert Kidd, British marine geoscientist (International Deep Sea Drilling Programme), dies at 49
  • 1996 [Francis] Max Factor, American CEO of Max Factor Cosmetics, dies at 91
  • 1998 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), dies at 89
  • 1999 Paco Stanley, Mexican TV entertainer, dies at 56
  • 2001 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, President of Bolivia (b. 1907)
  • 2002 Lilian Baels, Princess of Réthy, English 2nd wife of Belgian king Leopold III, dies at 85
  • 2004 William Cramond, Scottish psychiatrist and vice-chancellor (Stirling University), dies at 83
  • 2006 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Jordanian-born Mujahid (b. 1966)
  • 2008 Mustafa Khalil, 40th Prime Minister of Egypt (1978-80), dies at 87
  • 2010 Omar Rayo, Colombian painter, sculptor, caricaturist and plastic artist. (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Jorge Semprún, Spanish-French writer (2nd mort de R Mercader, Z), dies at 87
  • 2012 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist and three time Nobel Prize nominee (hominid fossil sites), dies at 86
  • 2013 Pierre Mauroy, Prime Minister of France (1981-84), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • 2014 Norman Willis, English union leader (General Secretary of the UK's Trades Union Congress), dies at 81
  • 2015 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), dies at 89
  • 2018 David Douglas Duncan, American photo-journalist best known for his war photography, dies at 102
  • 2018 Peter Stringfellow, English nightclub owner (Stringfellows), dies at 77
  • 2020 Michael Beavis, British RAF officer, deputy Commanding-in-Chief (Allied Forces Central Europe), dies at 90