Deaths in History on March 6

  • 766 Chrodegang, church reformer/bishop of Mainz, dies at about 50
  • 1252 Saint Rose of Viterbo, Italian saint (b. 1235)
  • 1447 Saint Colette of Corbie, French abbess and reformer (Poor Clares), dies at 66
  • 1490 Ivan the Young, Ruler of Tver (b. 1458)
  • 1531 Pedrarias Dávila, Spanish conquistador
  • 1583 Zacharias Ursinus, German theologist (Heidelberger Catechism), dies at 48
  • 1615 Pieter Both, Dutch admiral/1st gov-gen (East Indies, 1609-14), drowns
  • 1616 Francis Beaumont, Elizabethan playwright, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1627 Krzysztof Zbaraski, Polish statesman (b. 1580)
  • 1674 Johann Paul Schor, German baroque painter, dies at 58
  • 1720 Pieter van Flowers, Flemish painter, buried at 63

Henry PelhamHenry Pelham (1694-1754)

British Prime Minister (Whig: 1743-54) who introduced the Gin Acts, dies at about 57

  • 1758 Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington, English politician (b. 1705)
  • 1764 Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England, dies at 73
  • 1796 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal, French writer, dies at 82
  • 1815 Lungtok Gyatso, 9th Dalai Lama, dies at 9

Davy CrockettDavy Crockett (1786-1836)

American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, killed at the Battle of the Alamo at 49

  • 1836 James "Jim" Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies during Battle of Alamo at 39
  • 1836 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836 William B. Travis, American lawyer and soldier, dies at the Battle of the Alamo, at 26
  • 1842 Constanze Mozart, wife of W.A. Mozart (b. 1763)
  • 1844 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), dies at 91
  • 1846 Nikoli Poveloi, Russian writer and publisher, dies at 49 [NS]
  • 1854 Caspar GC Reinwardt, German/Dutch biologist, dies at 80
  • 1854 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, British soldier and politician (b. 1778)
  • 1866 William Whewell, English polymath and philosopher (History of Inductive Science), dies at 71
  • 1881 Horatia Nelson, the illegitimate daughter of Emma Hamilton and Horatio Nelson (b. 1801)

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

American author (Little Women), dies of a stroke at 55

  • 1895 Camilla Collett, Norwegian writer and feminist (b. 1813)
  • 1899 Victoria Kaiulani, Hawaiian princess (b. 1875)

Gottlieb DaimlerGottlieb Daimler (1834-1900)

German engineer and inventor, designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65

  • 1905 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, dies at 86
  • 1912 August Toepler, German physicist, dies at 75
  • 1917 Jules HPFX Vandenpeereboom, premier of Belgium (1899), dies at 73
  • 1930 Alfred von Tirpitz, German architect of the Imperial Navy (Tirpitz Plan, Unrestricted U-boat Warfare) and World War I Grand Admiral, dies at 80
  • 1933 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), dies 23 days after being shot in Miami at 59

Oliver Wendell Holmes JrOliver Wendell Holmes Jr (1841-1935)

US 59th Supreme Court justice (1902-32), dies of pneumonia at 93

  • 1939 Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician (Proving π is a transcendental number), dies at 86
  • 1941 John Gutzon Borglum, American sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
  • 1941 Leen Schijvenschuurder, Dutch February strike leader, executed
  • 1944 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, gassed at Auschwitz concentration camp at 74
  • 1945 Jan Thijssen, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at Savage Farm
  • 1947 Halford John Mackinder, British geographer (Britain and the British Seas), dies at 86
  • 1948 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), dies at 33
  • 1950 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), dies at 78
  • 1951 Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Ukrainian politician and statesman, dies at 70
  • 1954 Jan Kalf, Dutch art historian and literary scholar (Monument Conservation), dies at 80
  • 1963 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
  • 1964 King Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
  • 1968 Joseph Martin Jr., American politician (Rep-R-Massachusetts 1925-67, Speaker of the House, 1947-49, 1953-55), dies at 83
  • 1969 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
  • 1971 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), dies at 74
  • 1973 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • 1973 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki), dies at 67
  • 1981 Klaus Grabowski, German alleged murderer and convicted sex offender, shot and killed in Lübeck District Court by Marianne Bachmeier the mother of the daughter he was accused of murdering
  • 1984 Martin Niemöller, German theologian who supported then opposed the Nazi regime, famous for his widely quoted poem "First they came ...", dies at 92
  • 1985 Eric Sloane, American artist, dies at 80

Georgia O’KeeffeGeorgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

American sculptor and painter (Cow's Skull, Flowers), dies at 98

  • 1987 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), dies at 58
  • 1992 Emmy Huf, Dutch cabaret performer, and author (I Want Warm Meat), dies at 70
  • 1992 Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Portuguese painter (Infinite Passage), dies at 83
  • 1993 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), dies at 82
  • 1993 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • 1994 Max Schubert, winemaker, dies at 89
  • 1994 Tengis Abuladze, Georgia SSR MP (Penalty), dies at 71
  • 1995 David Beinhoff, mayor, dies at 24
  • 1995 Emile van Moerkerken, photographer (Ice Princess), dies at 78
  • 1995 Helene Virginie Weijel, Dutch author (In Two Worlds), dies at 44
  • 1996 Douglas Patrick Thomas Jay, politician, dies at 88
  • 1996 Stanley Booth-Clibborn, British Anglican Bishop of Manchester, dies at 71
  • 1997 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, dies at 59
  • 1997 Cheddi Jagan, Guyanese politician, 'Father of the Nation' Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64), dies at 78
  • 1997 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • 1998 Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed
  • 1999 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2003 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • 2005 Hans Bethe, German-American quantum physicist (Nobel 1967), dies at 98
  • 2005 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • 2006 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81
  • 2007 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • 2007 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • 2009 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, dies in a car crash at 50
  • 2010 Denis Henry, British High Court judge, dies at 78
  • 2010 Mark Linkous, member of Sparklehorse (b. 1962)
  • 2012 Donald Payne, American Congressman, dies from colon cancer at 77
  • 2012 Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75
  • 2012 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), dies at 82
  • 2018 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), dies at 71
  • 2018 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • 2018 Sir John E. Sulston, British molecular biologist, co-recipient of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (roundworm genome sequencing), dies of stomach cancer at 75
  • 2021 Louis Ottens, Dutch engineer, developed the audio cassette tape, and worked on the compact disc, dies at 94 [1] [2]