Deaths in History on May 6

  • 523 Thrasamund, King of Vandals and Alans (496-523)
  • 680 Muawiyah I, caliph (b. 602)
  • 988 Dirk II, West Frisian count of Holland
  • 1124 Balak, Emir of Aleppo, murdered
  • 1475 Dieric Bouts, Dutch painter, dies at about 64
  • 1502 James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)
  • 1527 Karel van Bourbon, military governor (Lombardije), dies at 37
  • 1540 Jean Luis Vives, Spanish theory/humanist/reformer, dies at 48
  • 1620 Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
  • 1631 Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician and antiquarian (his library formed basis of British Museum manuscript collection), dies at 60
  • 1638 Cornelius Jansen, French Roman Catholic reform leader (Jansenism), dies at 52
  • 1642 Frans Francken the Younger, Flemish painter, dies on 61st birthday
  • 1708 François de Laval, French clergyman, 1st Roman Catholic bishop of Québec, and saint, dies at 85
  • 1727 Catharine I of Russia [Marta Samuilovna], wife of Peter the Great, dies at about 42
  • 1739 Bernardus Smijtegelt, Dutch vicar (Gekrookte Reed), dies at 63
  • 1757 Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician, dies at 73
  • 1757 Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal, dies at 72
  • 1757 Maximilian Ulysses Count Browne, Austrian field marshal, dies at 51
  • 1840 Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian president and independence leader (b. 1792)
  • 1856 William Hamilton, metaphysicist, dies

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), dies of tuberculosis at 44

  • 1864 Henry Livermore Abbott, US Union brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 Micah Jenkins, Confederate brigadier general (friendly fire), dies at 28
  • 1870 James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician who popularized chloroform for medicinal use, dies at 58
  • 1873 José Antonio Páez, President of Venezuela (1830-35), dies at 82
  • 1877 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • 1882 Lord Frederick Cavendish, English politician who was appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland in May 1882 and murdered only hours after his arrival in Dublin, dies at 45
  • 1882 Thomas Henry Burke, assassinated by Fenian Invincibles, in Dublin
  • 1891 Thomas Hare, English barrister and political reformer, dies at 85
  • 1904 Franz von Lenbach, German painter, dies at 67

Edward VIIEdward VII (1841-1910)

King of England (1901-10), dies at 68

  • 1916 Dirk Bos, Dutch Liberal 2nd Member of Parliament, dies at 53
  • 1919 (Lyman) L. Frank Baum, American author (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), dies of a stroke at 62
  • 1924 Carel S Adama van Scheltema, poet/writer (socialism), dies at 47
  • 1948 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens

Maurice MaeterlinckMaurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)

Belgian playwright, poet and author (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), dies at 86

  • 1950 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • 1951 Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori (1870-1952)

Italian physician/educationist, dies at 81

  • 1961 Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65
  • 1963 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • 1967 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  • 1970 Wharton Esherick, American artist and sculptor who worked primarily in wood, dies at 82
  • 1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • 1975 József Mindszenty [József Pehm], Hungarian cardinal who opposed fascism and communism in Hungary, dies at 83
  • 1976 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • 1984 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • 1984 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)

William J. CaseyWilliam J. Casey (1913-1987)

American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 73

  • 1991 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • 1991 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • 1992 Jilly Rizzo, restaurateur/friend of Frank Sinatra, dies in a car crash at 75
  • 1994 Helen Lessore, English artist, dies at 86
  • 1994 Moses Rosen, Chief Rabbi of Romania (1948-94), dies at 81
  • 1995 Hilda Toledano [Maria Pia de Braganca], Portuguese journalist and writer who claimed to be the bastard daughter of King Carlos I of Portugal, dies at 88
  • 1996 Frank Hercules, Trinidadian-American novelist (On Leaving Paradise; Sunrise at Midnight), and teacher, dies at 85
  • 1996 Geoffrey Dawes, British physiologist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert, dies at 87
  • 1996 Joseph Stone, American lawyer, Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, and labor arbitrator, dies at 79
  • 1996 Leo Joseph Suenens, Belgian Roman Catholic cardinal (Second Vatican Council), dies at 91
  • 1996 Michael Gerzon, British mathematician and audio pioneer (Ambisonics), dies at 50
  • 2002 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • 2004 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), dies at 91
  • 2006 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • 2006 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • 2006 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Valentin Varennikov, Soviet-Russian general and statesman, dies at 85
  • 2013 Giulio Andreotti, Italian Prime Minister, dies at 94
  • 2014 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • 2014 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • 2015 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • 2016 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), dies at 92
  • 2018 Brad Steiger, American author and paranormal researcher, dies at 82
  • 2018 Cirilo Bautista, Filipino writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 2018 George G. Hall, Northern Irish applied mathematician, dies at 93
  • 2018 Herbert E. Brekle, German typographer and linguist, dies at 82
  • 2018 Khaled Mohieddin, Egyptian military officer (member of the Revolutionary Command Council), dies at 95
  • 2021 Kentaro Miura, Japanese manga author (Berserk), dies at 54
  • 2022 George Pérez, American comic book artist (The Avenger; Teen Titans), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67