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Deaths in History on September 6

  • 394 Eugenius, linguistic/anti emperor of Rome (392-94), dies in battle
  • 957 Liudolf, Duke of Swabia
  • 972 John XIII Crescentii, pope (965-72), dies
  • 1276 Vicedomino de Vicedominis, Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals (b. ca. 1215)
  • 1511 Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (b. 1481)
  • 1625 Thomas Dempster, Scottish historian (b. 1579)
  • 1635 Adrian Metius, Dutch astronomer and fort architect, dies at 63
  • 1649 Famiano Strada, Italian jesuit (bello belgico decades duae), dies at 77
  • 1649 Robert Dudley, English navigator and writer (Arcano del Mare), dies at 75
  • 1708 Sir John Morden, English merchant and philanthropist (b. 1623)
  • 1748 Edmund Gibson, English jurist (b. 1669)

Person of interestWilliam Allen

1780 William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, dies at 76

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1782 Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, wife of Thomas Jefferson (b. 1748)
  • 1808 Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (b. 1723)
  • 1863 Lucius March Walker, Confederate brigadier general (in duel), dies at 33
  • 1868 Pierre Adolphe Rost, Louisiana judge, Confederate commissioner (b. 1797)

  • 1902 Frederick Able, English chemist and inventor (cordiet), dies at 75
  • 1902 Philip James Bailey, English poet (Universal hymn), dies at 86
  • 1903 Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (Expansive classification), dies at 66
  • 1919 Pier Pander, Dutch sculptor, dies at 55
  • 1924 Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria, 4th and last child of Franz Joseph I of Austria and Elisabeth of Bavaria, dies at 56
  • 1939 Arthur Rackham, English book illustrator (Grimm's Fairy Tales, Rip van Winkle), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1941 Hugo Loudon, president-director (Royal Oil), dies at 81
  • 1944 Robert Lejour, Belgian lawyer/resistance fighter, murdered
  • 1945 John S. Mccain Snr., US admiral, (WW II-Pacific Ocean), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1947 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer, dies at 76
  • 1948 Gerrit Hendrik Kersten, Dutch vicar and founder (Calvinist Party), dies at 66
  • 1950 Olaf Stapledon, British writer and philosopher (b. 1886)
  • 1951 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, dies at 84
  • 1951 Joe Falcaro, American bowler (National Match Game champion 1929-33), dies at 55
  • 1966 Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister (1958-66), assassinated at 64 by Dimitri Tsafendas

Person of interestMargaret Sanger

1966 Margaret Sanger, US feminist and birth control pioneer, dies at 86

  • 1981 Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)
  • 1990 Issan Dorsey, American founder of the Hartford St Zen Center in San Francisco, dies of AIDS at 57
  • 1991 Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins, American serial killer (claimed to have murdered over 100 people), executed in the electric chair at 58
  • 1993 Josephine Rich Corday, vaudevillian, dies of kidney failure at 79

  • 1994 Duccio Tessari, Italian director, dies of cancer at 67
  • 1994 Wolf Donner, Austrian movie historian/festival director, dies at 55
  • 1995 Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1997 Philippe Rossillon, administrator, dies at 66
  • 1997 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
  • 2000 Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart, first Kleihauer-Betke stillbirth (b. 2000)
  • 2000 Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian army general, dies at 81
  • 2003 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian mountain climber (b. 1969)
  • 2005 Hasan Abidi, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Madeleine L'Engle, American author (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Alex, African Grey parrot "student" of Dr. Irene Pepperberg (b. 1976)

Person of interestRichard DeVos

2018 Richard DeVos, American businessman who co-founded Amway, dies at 92

Co-founder of Amway Richard DeVos
Co-founder of Amway
Richard DeVos
  • 2018 Evelyn Anthony, English historical writer (Poellenberg Inheritance), dies at 92

Person of interestRobert Mugabe

2019 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and 1st black President of Zimbabwe (1988-2017), dies at 95

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe