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)
  • 1072 Sancho II, king of Castile (1065-72), murdered
  • 1101 Bruno of Cologne, German founder of the Carthusian order
  • 1214 Alfonso VIII de Edele, king of Castile, dies
  • 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/sculptor, dies
  • 1641 Matthijs H Quast, fleet guardian (Gold Islands), dies in battle
  • 1644 Elisabeth (In Spanish Isabel) of Bourbon, wife of Philip IV of Spain (b. 1602)
  • 1661 Guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh Guru
  • 1688 Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman (b. 1652)
  • 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

Person of interestGeorge Childress

1841 George Childress, American lawyer and statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), commits suicide at 37

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 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, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • 1891 Charles Stewart Parnell, English-Irish Home Rule Party leader, dies at 45

Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

1892 Alfred Lord Tennyson, writer and British Poet Laureate, 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
  • 1942 Erich Kuttner, German journalist/historian (Vorwarts), dies
  • 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 Fritz Meyerhof, German-born physician and biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1884)
  • 1951 Will Keith Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), dies at 91
  • 1951 Otto Meyerhof, German psychologist and biochemist (Nobel 1922), dies at 67
  • 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, Flemish sculptor/painter, dies at 78
  • 1966 Sydney Chatton, dies of heart attack at 48
  • 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, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68

Person of interestAnwar Sadat

1981 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 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 (b. 1949)
  • 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 Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Alex L. Shigo, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist, dies at 76
  • 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
  • 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