Died On August 6th

Discover the most famous people who died on August 6. The list includes people like Rick James, Diego Velázquez (Painter), Ben Jonson, Andre Weil, Robin Day. Famous personalities featured on this list, include mathematicians, novelists, actors and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & Italy and many more countries.
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 1 
Rick James
(American Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Record Producer.)
Rick James
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: 2004

Rick James was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with forming several bands, including The Mynah Birds and Stone City Band. His career was hampered by his controversial personal life and drug addiction problems; he was convicted of kidnapping and torturing women on two separate instances under the influence of crack.

 2 
John Hughes
(American Filmmaker Known for His Coming-Of-Age Teen Comedy Films with Honest Depictions of Suburban Teenage Life)
John Hughes
19
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Died: 2009

Largely known for popularizing the teen movie genre in the 1980s, John Hughes had dropped out of university to work as an ad copywriter and then a comedy writer. He soared to fame with his stories in National Lampoon magazine and then directed many films of the National Lampoon franchise.

 3 
Alfredo Bowman
(Honduran Self-Proclaimed Herbalist Healer)
Alfredo Bowman
28
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Honduras
Died: 2016

Alfredo Bowman was a Honduran self-proclaimed healer and herbalist. Bowman was known for his dramatic claims that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS and diseases could be cured with a vegan diet and herbs. His client list included celebrities like Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy. Bowman often landed in trouble for his controversial claims and was arrested on a couple of occasions.

 4 
Diego Velázquez (Painter)
(Spanish Painter and Leading Artist in the Court of King Philip IV of Spain and Portugal)
Diego Velázquez (Painter)
7
Birthdate: June 6, 1599
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: 1660

Diego Velázquez was a Spanish painter who served as the most important artist in King Philip IV's court. The leading artist of the Spanish Golden Age, Velázquez's work served as a model for impressionist and realist painters of the 19th century. In the 20th century, personalities like Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso re-interpreted some of Velázquez's most iconic images.

 5 
Marvin Hamlisch
(Composer, Conductor)
Marvin Hamlisch
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2012
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 6 
Ben Jonson
(Dramatist, Poet & Actor)
Ben Jonson
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 11, 1572
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: 1637
 7 
Theodor W. Adorno
(German Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist and Composer)
Theodor W. Adorno
5
Birthdate: September 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: 1969

One of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century, Theodor Adorno was a pioneer of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and despised the culture industry. Born to a singer mother, the German sociologist grew up amid music and could even play Beethoven on the piano by 12.

 8 
Klaus Nomi
(German Countertenor Known for His Wide Vocal Range and an Unusual, Otherworldly Stage Persona)
Klaus Nomi
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Immenstadt, Germany
Died: 1983

Klaus Nomi was a German countertenor with a wide vocal range. He wore heavy makeup, unusual costumes, and a highly stylized signature hairdo. He had an otherworldly stage persona that was unique to him. His music was also considered unusual. He suffered from AIDS and was one of the earliest musicians known to die of the illness.  

 9 
Fe del Mundo
(Pediatrician)
Fe del Mundo
12
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Intramuros
Died: 2011

Fe del Mundo was a Filipina paediatrician who achieved international recognition in 1977 when she was honored with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. In 1980, she was named National Scientist of the Philippines, becoming the first woman to be named so. Del Mundo is credited with founding Philippines' first pediatric hospital.

 10 
Richard Bong
(Aircraft pilot, Military personnel)
Richard Bong
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Superior, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1945
 11 
Bix Beiderbecke
(Musician)
Bix Beiderbecke
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Died: 1931
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 12 
Bohdan Khmelnytsky
(Hetman of Zaporizhian Host (1648 –1657))
Bohdan Khmelnytsky
3
Birthdate: 1595 AD
Birthplace: Subotiv, Ukraine
Died: 1657
 13 
James Beck
(Actor)
James Beck
3
Birthdate: February 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: 1973
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 14 
Cedric Hardwicke
(British Stage and Film Actor Known for His Performances in the Plays of 'Shakespeare' and 'Shaw')
Cedric Hardwicke
1
Birthdate: February 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lye, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Died: 1964

English actor Cedric Hardwicke is mostly remembered for his roles in the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw. Nicknamed Butch and Badger, he was one of the finest character actors of the initial days of talkies. He was also known for his baritone voice and later moved to the US permanently.

 15 
Edsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch Mathematician and Computer Scientist Best Known for His Shortest-Path Algorithm in Graph Theory)
Edsger W. Dijkstra
3
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: 2002

A pioneering computer scientist from the Netherlands, Edsger W. Dijkstra had initially studied theoretical physics, before focusing on computers. He developed the domain of structured programming and also won honors such as the Turing Award. He died at 72, after a long struggle with cancer.

 16 
Harry Reasoner
(Journalist)
Harry Reasoner
2
Birthdate: April 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dakota City, Iowa, United States
Died: 1991
 17 
Preston Sturges
(Playwright, Director)
Preston Sturges
1
Birthdate: August 29, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1959
 18 
Shahpur Bakhtiar
(45th Prime Minister of Iran (January 1979 - February 1979))
Shahpur Bakhtiar
19
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shahrekord, Iran
Died: 1991

Shahpur Bakhtiar was an Iranian politician best remembered for serving as the 45th Prime Minister of Iran from 6 January 1979 to 11 February 1979. Bakhtiar also wrote many articles and books, including Ma Fidélité and 37 Days after 37 Years. Shahpur Bakhtiar was killed in France on 6 August 1991 after he had escaped a couple of assassination attempts.

 19 
Ellen Wilson
(First Lady of the United States from 1913 to 1914)
Ellen Wilson
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 15, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: 1914
 20 
Sushma Swaraj
(Politician)
Sushma Swaraj
6
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi, india
Died: 2019

Supreme Court lawyer and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had held several ministries, such as external affairs and information and broadcasting. Named India’s “best loved politician” by Wall Street Journal, Swaraj was known for her prompt assistance to Indians in emergency situations abroad and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously.

 21 
Betty Cuthbert
(Australian Athlete and a Four-Time Olympic Champion)
Betty Cuthbert
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ermington, Australia
Died: 2017
Australian sprinter Betty Cuthbert, also known as the Golden Girl, had won three Olympic gold medals, with three of them from the 1956 Olympic Games. She started training at 8 and later became known for her signature style of running with her mouth open. She later suffered from multiple sclerosis.
 22 
Warner Oland
(Actor)
Warner Oland
1
Birthdate: October 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bjurholm Municipality, Sweden
Died: 1938
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 23 
Pete Fountain
(Clarinetist)
Pete Fountain
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2016
 24 
Andre Weil
(Mathematician)
Andre Weil
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1998

French mathematician Andre Weil, who was also the brother of philosopher Simone Weil, is best known for his contribution to algebraic geometry. He also co-founded the Bourbaki group, consisting of mathematicians who collectively wrote using the pseudonym Nicolas Bourbaki. Weil took a keen interest in Hinduism and also learned Sanskrit.

 25 
Robin Day
(Journalist)
Robin Day
1
Birthdate: October 24, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2000
 26 
Pope Paul VI
11
Birthdate: September 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Concesio, Italy
Died: 1978
Succeeding Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI was elected the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State in June 1963 and continued in his role till his death in August 1978. He reconvened the Second Vatican Council and after its conclusion worked towards implementation of its reforms. He was canonised in 2018 by Pope Francis.
 27 
Ibrahim Ferrer
(Cuban Singer)
Ibrahim Ferrer
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Luis, Cuba
Died: 2005

Ibrahim Ferrer was a Cuban singer best remembered for his association with Los Bocucos. Apart from performing with the band for nearly 40 years, Ferrer also collaborated with other popular musical groups like Chepín y su Orquesta Oriental and Conjunto Sorpresa.

 28 
Brent Scowcroft
(Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board)
Brent Scowcroft
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States
Died: 2020
 29 
Donald Kagan
(American Historian)
Donald Kagan
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuršėnai, Lithuania
Died: 2021

Yale University historian Donald Kagan is best known for his expertise in ancient Greece and his iconic four-volume work History of the Peloponnesian War, which is the main text in the area. The Lithuanian-born American is a National Humanities Medal winner and the father of authors Robert and Frederick Kagan.

 30 
Girolamo Fracastoro
(Italian Physician, Poet and Scholar in Mathematics, Geography and Astronomy)
Girolamo Fracastoro
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 1478 AD
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: 1553

Girolamo Fracastoro was an Italian poet, physician, and scholar in astronomy, geography and mathematics. He is credited with authoring a theory, which is regarded as a precursor to germ theory; his theory was influential for almost three centuries. He is also credited with inventing terms, such as syphilis. 

 31 
Bernadine Healy
(American Cardiologist and the First Female Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Bernadine Healy
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2011

Bernadine Healy created history by becoming the first woman to serve as the director of the National Institutes of Health. Apart from being a seasoned cardiologist, she had also taught medicine at institutes such as Johns Hopkins and had been the president of the American Red Cross and other non-profits.

 32 
Jack Brickhouse
(Sportscaster)
Jack Brickhouse
1
Birthdate: January 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States
Died: 1998
 33 
Tony Lazzeri
(Baseball player)
Tony Lazzeri
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1946
 34 
Pope Sixtus II
(Bishop of Rome)
Pope Sixtus II
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Greece
Died: 0258

Pope Sixtus II served as the bishop of Rome from 257 to 258. He was among the deacons who were persecuted by Emperor Valerian. One of the first victims to be beheaded on 6 August 258, Pope Sixtus II was martyred with six other deacons. He is venerated by the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.  

 35 
Saint Dominic
(Spanish Priest and Founder of the Dominican Order and Patron Saint of Astronomers)
Saint Dominic
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 8, 1170
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caleruega, Spain
Died: 1221

Saint Dominic was a Castilian Catholic priest who is credited with founding the Dominican Order. Dominic is said to have abstained from meat throughout his life. He is also remembered for putting himself to undue hardship like traveling barefoot and rejecting the luxury of a bed. He is regarded as the patron saint of astronomers.

 36 
Pope Callixtus III
(Former Head of the Catholic Church and Ruler of the Papal States)
Pope Callixtus III
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 31, 1378
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canals, Spain
Died: 1458

Pope Callixtus III was initially a professor of law. He later helped King Alfonso V with Pope Martin V reconcile. He was infamous for his nepotism, as he was highly biased toward his nephew, Rodrigo Borgia, whom he made a cardinal and who later took over as the pope.

 37 
Hiram Johnson
(Former Governor of California)
Hiram Johnson
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 2, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, U.S
Died: 1945
 38 
Henry the Lion
(Duke of Saxony and Bavaria From 1142 and 1156)
Henry the Lion
0
Birthdate: 1129 AD
Birthplace: Ravensburg, Germany
Died: 1195
 39 
Pope Hormisdas
(Former Pope)
Pope Hormisdas
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0450 AD
Birthplace: Frosinone, Italy
Died: 0523
 40 
Bernard Lovell
(British Physicist and Radio Astronomer Known for Developing the 76m Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank)
Bernard Lovell
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 31, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oldland Common, Bristol, England
Died: 2012

Bernard Lovell was a British physicist and radio astronomer who served as the first director of Jodrell Bank Observatory, holding this position from 1945 to 1980. He studied at the University of Bristol and embarked on an academic career. During World War II, he worked for the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE). He was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 1980. 

 41 
Domenico Modugno
(Singer-songwriter)
Domenico Modugno
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Polignano a Mare, Italy
Died: 1994
 42 
Darren Daulton
(Baseball player, Writer)
Darren Daulton
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Arkansas City, Kansas, United States
Died: 2017
 43 
Alexander Bustamante
(Politician)
Alexander Bustamante
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 24, 1884
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hanover Parish
Died: 1977

Alexander Bustamante was a Jamaican politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Jamaica from 6 August 1962 to 23 February 1967. He also served as the Chief Minister of Jamaica from 5 May 1953 to 2 February 1955.

 44 
Tony Judt
(English-American Historian and Essayist)
Tony Judt
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2010
 45 
Larry Adler
(Composer)
Larry Adler
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: 2001
 46 
Emilio Fernández
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Military personnel, Film actor)
Emilio Fernández
0
Birthdate: March 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coahuila
Died: 1986

Emilio Fernández was a Mexican film actor, director, and screenwriter. One of the most prolific directors of the 1940s and 1950s, Fernández is best remembered for his work in the 1944 romantic film María Candelaria, which won the prestigious Palme d'Or in the Cannes Film Festival in 1946.

 47 
Jorge Amado
(Brazilian Writer Best Known for His 1978 Novel 'Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands')
Jorge Amado
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil
Died: 2001

Jorge Amado was a Brazilian writer affiliated with the modernist school. He is regarded as one of the best modern Brazilian writers, and his works have been translated into around 49 languages. He was the 23rd chairperson of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, holding this post from 1961 until he died in 2001.  

 48 
Élie de Rothschild
(Banker)
Élie de Rothschild
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2007
 49 
Gene Ammons
(Musician)
Gene Ammons
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: 1974
 50 
Christian VI of Denmark
(King)
Christian VI of Denmark
0
Birthdate: November 30, 1699
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 1746