Deaths in History on October 6

  • 404 Eudoxia Aelia, empress of Austria, dies
  • 877 Charles II the Bald, King of France (843-77) and Holy Roman emperor (875-77), dies at 54
  • 1014 Samuel (Samuil), ruler of Bulgaria, dies (b. 958)
  • 1017 Wang Dan, Chinese politician in the Song dynasty and grand councilor (1006-17), dies at 59 or 60
  • 1072 Sancho II, king of Castile (1065-72), brother of Alfonso VI, murdered at about 35
  • 1101 Bruno of Cologne, German founder of the Carthusian order
  • 1214 Alfonso VIII the Noble, King of Castile and Toledo (1158-1214), dies at 58
  • 1413 Dawit I, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1382)
  • 1536 William Tyndale, English Protestant bible translator and scholar, is strangled and burned at the stake at 41 or 42 (born c. 1494)
  • 1542 Thomas Wyatt, English poet (b. 1503)
  • 1585 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter and sculptor, dies at 57
  • 1641 Matthijs H Quast, fleet guardian (Gold Islands), dies in battle
  • 1644 Elisabeth of France, Queen consort of Philip IV of Spain (1621-44), dies at 41
  • 1661 Guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh Guru
  • 1688 Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman, dies at 35
  • 1819 Charles Emanuel II, King of Sardinia (1796-1802)/Jesuit, dies
  • 1829 Pierre Derbigny, Governor of Louisiana (b. 1769)
  • 1840 François Budan de Boislaurent, French mathematician, dies at 80

George ChildressGeorge Childress (1804-1841)

American lawyer and statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), commits suicide at 37

  • 1849 Lajos, Count Batthyany, 1st Prime Minister of Hungary, executed by firing squad at 42
  • 1855 August Leopold Crelle, German inventor and mathematician (1st Prussian Railway), dies at 75
  • 1861 Elias Canneman, liberal minister of Finance (1813-14), dies at 84
  • 1873 Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist, dies at 76
  • 1880 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), dies at 71
  • 1885 Thomas Talbot, American politician, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • 1891 Charles Stewart Parnell, English-Irish Home Rule Party leader, dies at 45

Alfred TennysonAlfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

British Poet Laureate of Great Britain (The Charge of the Light Brigade), dies at 83

  • 1893 Ford Madox Brown, British painter, dies at 72
  • 1905 Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and explorer, dies at 72
  • 1912 Auguste Beernaert, 14th Prime Minister of Belgium (1884-94) and Nobel Peace Prize laureare 1909, dies at 83
  • 1924 Jacques Oppenheim, lawyer, dies at 75
  • 1926 Charles Van de Banks, Flemish writer/poet (Red Horse), dies
  • 1926 Karel van den Oever, Flemish author and poet (Geuzenstad), dies at 46
  • 1942 Erich Kuttner, German journalist and historian (Vorwarts), dies at 55
  • 1943 Robert Cooper, father of Card pitcher Mort & catcher Walker, dies
  • 1945 Leonardo Conti, Nazi physician, dies by hanging himself while awaiting trial for war crimes at Nuremberg at 45
  • 1949 Robert Lynd, Irish writer and critic (News Chronicle), dies at 70
  • 1951 Henry Gurney, British high commissioner to Malaya, assassinated
  • 1951 Otto Meyerhof, German psychologist and biochemist (Nobel 1922), dies at 67
  • 1951 Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), dies at 91
  • 1956 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), dies at 70
  • 1959 Bernard Berenson, American art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance), dies at 94
  • 1964 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz), dies at 85
  • 1965 Georges Vandertongerloo, Belgium sculptor and painter (De Stijl Group, L'art et Son Avenir), dies at 78
  • 1968 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (Crank-Nicolson method), dies at 51
  • 1974 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), dies at 78
  • 1976 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (b. 1900)
  • 1979 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68

Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat (1918-1981)

3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

  • 1983 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • 1984 George Gaylord Simpson, American paleontologist, dies at 82
  • 1986 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • 1991 Lincoln Demyan, dies at 66
  • 1991 Wendell Phillips, dies at 83 [or 10/13]
  • 1993 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot, committed suicide at 44
  • 1995 Oswald Moxley Gibbs, Grenadian diplomat (High Commissioners to the United Kingdom 1974-78), dies at 67
  • 1996 Martyn Taylor, teacher/campaigner, dies at 57
  • 1999 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), dies at 90
  • 2000 William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), dies at 83
  • 2002 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist (Grizzly Man), dies mauled and eaten by bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska at 46
  • 2006 Alex Shigo, American Biologist and plant pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices, dies at 76
  • 2006 Wilson Tucker, American sci-fi writer, dies at 91
  • 2007 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (b. 1930)
  • 2010 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, dies at 86
  • 2012 Chadli Bendjedid, Algerian president, dies from cancer at 83
  • 2012 Raoul de Keyser, Flemish painter, dies at 82
  • 2014 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), dies at 86
  • 2015 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93