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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

Person of interestHenry Pelham

1754 Henry Pelham, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1743-54) who introduced the Gin Acts, dies at about 57

British Prime Minister Henry Pelham
British Prime Minister
Henry Pelham
  • 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

Person of interestDavy Crockett

1836 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, adventurer and politician, killed at the Battle of the Alamo at 49

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • 1836 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836 Jim Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (b. 1796)
  • 1836 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies at 39
  • 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 A Poveloi, Russian writer/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)

Person of interestLouisa May Alcott

1888 Louisa May Alcott, 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)

Person of interestGottlieb Daimler

1900 Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and inventor, designed 1st motorcycle, dies at 65

Engineer and inventor Gottlieb Daimler
Engineer and inventor
Gottlieb Daimler
  • 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
  • 1933 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), dies 23 days after being shot in Miami at 59
  • 1933 Anton J Cermak, US mayor of Chicago, murdered

  • 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
  • 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 literature/art historian, 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, Speaker of the House, 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

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

1986 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 1987 Edward Zorinsky, American (Sen-D-NB, 1976-88), dies at 58
  • 1992 Emmy Huf, Dutch cabaret performer/writer (I Want Warm Meat), dies
  • 1992 Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Portuguese painter (Infinite Passage), dies at 83
  • 1993 Cyril Collard, French director (Lesson nuits fauves), dies at 35
  • 1993 Andrew Gilchrist, British ambassador (Ireland, Indonesia, Iceland), dies at 82
  • 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
  • 1997 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, dies at 59
  • 1997 Cheddi B Jagan, dentist/founder PPP/Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies
  • 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 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Hans Bethe, German-American quantum physicist (Nobel 1967), dies at 98
  • 2006 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81
  • 2007 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • 2009 Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
  • 2009 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Mark Linkous, member of Sparklehorse (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Denis Henry, British High Court judge, dies at 78
  • 2012 Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75
  • 2012 Donald Payne, American Congressman, dies from colon cancer at 77
  • 2012 Jaap Boersma, Dutch politician (Minister for Social Affairs (ARP)), dies at 82

Person of interestNancy Reagan

2016 Nancy Reagan [Anne Frances Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), dies at 94

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • 2018 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • 2018 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), dies at 71
  • 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