Died On February 6th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 6. The list includes people like Gustav Klimt, Danny Thomas, Arthur Ashe, Joseph Priestley, James Whitmore. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, actors and poets and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Austria & South Africa and many more countries.
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George VI
(King of the United Kingdom (1936-52))
George VI
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Birthdate: December 14, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: 1952
The last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth, King George VI was the King of the United Kingdom for fifteen years. He served in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force before reluctantly inheriting the throne and becoming a symbol of courage during WWII. His determination also helped him in his struggle with stammering.
 2 
Arthur Ashe
(The Only Black Man to Win the Singles Title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open)
Arthur Ashe
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: 1993
Tennis player Arthur Ashe is best remembered for his three Grand Slam singles wins. He became the first Black player to be named to the U.S. Davis Cup team. He contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during a bypass surgery and devoted his final years to AIDS awareness campaigns.
 3 
Danny Thomas
(Creator & Star of the Highly Successful Sitcom 'The Danny Thomas Show')
Danny Thomas
5
Birthdate: January 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Deerfield, Michigan, United States
Died: 1991

Danny Thomas was an American nightclub comedian, actor, singer, and producer. He is credited with creating one of the most successful sitcoms in the history of American TV, Danny Thomas Show. Also a well-known philanthropist, Danny Thomas founded the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a nonprofit medical corporation that focuses on children's catastrophic diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers.

 4 
Jack Kirby
(Co-Creator of The Superhero 'Captain America' in 1940 with Joe Simon)
Jack Kirby
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1994
Jacob Kurtzberg, or Jack Kirby, initially published comics under various other pseudonyms, such as "Jack Curtiss" and "Curt Davis." He worked with Marvel, where he co-created characters such as The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, along with Stan Lee. He then joined DC, where he created the Fourth World Saga
 5 
Charles II
(King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1660 to 1685)
Charles II
39
Birthdate: May 29, 1630
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St James's Palace, London, England
Died: 1685
Charles II, son of King Charles I of England, ruled England, Scotland, and Ireland from 1660 to 1685. He was initially defeated by Oliver Cromwell and forced to go into exile, but returned to England after Cromwell’s death. He introduced the Clarendon Code and later sided with the Tories.
 6 
Gustav Klimt
(Austrian Symbolist Painter and One of the Most Prominent Members of the ‘Vienna Secession’ Movement)
Gustav Klimt
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Birthdate: July 14, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baumgarten, Vienna, Austria
Died: 1918

Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt, was one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His primary subject was the female body, and he produced numerous paintings, murals, sketches, and other art objects. He was known for his deliberate painting style. He successfully avoided personal scandal despite having an active sex life.

 7 
Carl Wilson
(American musician)
Carl Wilson
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hawthorne, California
Died: 1998
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 8 
Lata Mangeshkar
(One of the Greatest Playback Singers of India)
Lata Mangeshkar
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indore
Died: 2022

One of the most respected and best-known playback singers in India, Lata Mangeshkar is popularly known as the Nightingale of India. She had a long career of more than 60 years and was honoured with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna..

 9 
James Whitmore
1
Birthdate: October 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: 2009

James Whitmore was an American actor whose career spanned more than 50 years. During his illustrious career, Whitmore won a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy Award, narrowly missing an EGOT honor. He also received a Golden Globe Award and two Academy Award nominations. In 1960, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 10 
Angelica Hamilton
(Daughter of Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton)
Angelica Hamilton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 25, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States
Died: 1857

Angelica Hamilton was the daughter of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of America. She is said to have suffered a mental breakdown in 1801 when her brother Philip was killed in a duel. It is said that she could never recover from the shock and the incident was the main reason for her lifelong mental health issues.

 11 
Joseph Cotten
(One of the Leading Hollywood Actors of the 1940s)
Joseph Cotten
10
Birthdate: May 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Died: 1994

Joseph Cotten was an American actor who achieved prominence on Broadway during the 1930s. He then became a leading Hollywood actor in the 1940s, playing important roles in films like Citizen Kane, Shadow of a Doubt, and Duel in the Sun. In 1960, Joseph Cotten was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Joseph Priestley
(Discoverer of Oxygen)
Joseph Priestley
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 24, 1733
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birstall, England
Died: 1804

Best remembered for his contribution to the chemistry of gases, Joseph Priestley was an English scientist, clergyman, political theorist and educator, who has been credited with discovering oxygen independently, publishing his findings before Carl Wilhelm could. A prolific writer, he has authored 150 works on various subjects including electricity. He also contributed immensely to the advancement of political and religious thoughts.

 13 
Guy Madison
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Birthdate: January 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pumpkin Center, California, United States
Died: 1996
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 14 
Peter Breck
(Actor)
Peter Breck
6
Birthdate: March 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 2012
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 15 
Vince Guaraldi
(Jazz musician, Pianist)
Vince Guaraldi
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1976
 16 
Frankie Laine
(Singer)
Frankie Laine
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 2007
 17 
Capability Brown
(Horticulturist, Architect, Landscape architect)
Capability Brown
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: August 30, 1716
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northumberland
Died: 1783

Capability Brown was an English landscape architect and gardener. Regarded as the most popular figure in English landscape garden style history, Brown is also considered England's greatest gardener by many. Capability Brown is credited with designing more than 170 parks. His work had such an impact that the contributions of his predecessors William Kent and Charles Bridgeman are often overlooked.

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Joost van der Westhuizen
(South African Professional Rugby Union Player)
Joost van der Westhuizen
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: 2017

Joost van der Westhuizen was a South African rugby player. He took part in three Rugby World Cups, helping his national team win the 1995 World Cup. Widely regarded as the greatest scrumhalf in the history of the game, van der Westhuizen was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007.

 19 
Rubén Darío
(Nicaraguan Poet Who Initiated the Spanish-Language Literary Movement Known as "Modernismo")
Rubén Darío
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ciudad Darío, Nicaragua
Died: 1916

The leader of the 19th-century Spanish-American Modernismo movement, Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío had been a prodigy who had started writing poems at age 14. Best remembered for his works such as Azul, he earned the tag of the Prince of Castilian Letters. He had also held various diplomatic posts.

 20 
Ralph Kiner
(Baseball Player)
Ralph Kiner
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Rita, New Mexico, United States
Died: 2014
 21 
Irwin Corey
(Stand-up comedian)
Irwin Corey
1
Birthdate: July 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S
Died: 2017
 22 
Philip Carey
(Actor)
Philip Carey
1
Birthdate: July 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2009
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Isabella Beeton
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 12, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London
Died: 1865
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Barbara W. Tuchman
(American Historian and Author)
Barbara W. Tuchman
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Birthdate: January 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1989

Barbara Tuchman was an American author and historian whose best-selling book The Guns of August (1962) earned her the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Tuchman won her second Pulitzer Prize for writing a biography of General Joseph Stilwell titled Stilwell and the American Experience in China (1971).

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Jimmy Van Heusen
(Composer)
Jimmy Van Heusen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: 1990
 26 
Frederica of Hanover
(German Princess and Former Queen Consort of the Hellenes (1947 - 1964))
Frederica of Hanover
1
Birthdate: April 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blankenburg, Germany
Died: 1981

Frederica, princess of Hanover, Great Britain, Ireland, and Brunswick-Lüneburg, later became the Queen consort of the Hellenes, by her marriage to King Paul of Greece. Following the fall of the Greek monarchy, and the rise of a democratic republic, she was exiled in Spain, where she died following a cataract surgery.

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Don Dunstan
(35th Premier of South Australia)
Don Dunstan
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Suva, Fiji
Died: 1999

Born in Fiji, Don Dunstan served as the premier of South Australia. A progressive politician, he had headed the Freedom from Hunger Campaign and the Movement for Democracy, apart from fighting for the rights of women and the aboriginal communities. He also opposed the death sentence of rapist-murderer Max Stuart.

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Assia Djebar
(Author)
Assia Djebar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cherchell
Died: 2015

Assia Djebar was an Algerian novelist, translator, and filmmaker. She was a staunch feminist, and her works mostly revolved around the issues faced by women. She was fiercely anti-patriarchal and anti-colonial. In 2005, she became the first writer from the Maghreb to be elected to the Académie française. She received the 1996 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. 

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Raymond Smullyan
(Mathematician, Philosopher)
Raymond Smullyan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 25, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Far Rockaway, New York, United States
Died: 2017
 30 
James Merrill
(American Poet)
James Merrill
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1995
 31 
Maria Christina of Austria
(Queen Consort of Spain (1879 – 1885))
Maria Christina of Austria
0
Birthdate: July 21, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
Died: 1929

María Cristina De Habsburgo-Lorena is better known as the Spanish king Alfonso XII’s queen consort, who acted as the queen regent after her husband’s death and before her son came of age to rule on his own. Her regency was the longest in the history of Spanish royalty.

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Johnny Dankworth
(Composer)
Johnny Dankworth
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodford, England
Died: 2010
 33 
Carlo Goldoni
(Italian Librettist and Playwright Credited with Producing Some of Italy's Best-Loved and Most Famous Plays)
Carlo Goldoni
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 25, 1707
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1793

Carlo Goldoni was an Italian librettist and playwright from the Republic of Venice. He is credited with producing some of Italy's best-loved and most famous plays. His plays are often admired for their ingenious mix of honesty and wit. One of his most famous works, Servant of Two Masters, has been translated into many languages.

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Piet Retief
(Explorer)
Piet Retief
0
Birthdate: November 12, 1780
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: 1838
 35 
Dan Gerson
(Screenwriter, Voice actor)
Dan Gerson
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Birthdate: August 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2016
 36 
Eddy Wally
(Singer)
Eddy Wally
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zelzate, East Flanders, Belgium
Died: 2016

Eddy Wally was a Belgian singer and showman who toured all over the world from Far East to the West. He is best remembered for his song Chérie which was declared a double-platinum in Belgium. Eddy Wally's life and career inspired novelist Deborah Bishop to write a biography titled Wow!   

 37 
Lew Burdette
(Baseball player)
Lew Burdette
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nitro, West Virginia, United States
Died: 2007
 38 
Johannes Ockeghem
(Flemish Composer and Singer of Early Renaissance Music)
Johannes Ockeghem
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1410 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Ghislain, Belgium
Died: 1497

Johannes Ockeghem was a composer, choirmaster, singer, and teacher. One of the most popular composers of the 15th century, Ockeghem was renowned for his expressive music and technical prowess. The most popular and influential composer of the Netherlandish School, Johannes Ockeghem served as an inspiration to a generation of composers, including Josquin des Prez. 

 39 
Photios I of Constantinople
(Saint)
Photios I of Constantinople
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0810 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: 0893
 40 
Salvador Luria
(Microbiologist)
Salvador Luria
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: 1991

Nobel Prize-winning Italian microbiologist Salvador Luria is best remembered for his work on bacteriophages, or viruses that infect bacteria. He had also chaired Microbiology and later, the Center for Cancer Research at MIT. As a political activist, he was against nuclear weapon testing and was once banned from receiving funds.

 41 
Ken Olsen
(American Engineer, Entrepreneur and Computer Scientist)
Ken Olsen
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: 2011
 42 
Dan Hicks
(Singer-songwriter)
Dan Hicks
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: 2016
 43 
Theodor Billroth
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 26, 1829
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bergen auf Rügen, Germany
Died: 1894

Born to a pastor father in Prussia, Theodor Billroth was pushed to study medicine by his mother. Initially undecided over his career, he devoted most of his first university year to music. Later, he gained fame as a pioneer of abdominal surgery and also examined how bacteria causes wound fever.

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Leo von Caprivi
(Former Chancellor of the German Reich (1890 - 1894))
Leo von Caprivi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 24, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1899

German general Leo von Caprivi had been the Chancellor of the German Empire, succeeding Otto von Bismarck. His most significant achievements include the conclusion of the Zanzibar Treaty, though he was criticized for giving up too much control. Mostly keeping to himself, he remained single all his life.

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Joanna of Bourbon
(Queen)
Joanna of Bourbon
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Birthdate: February 3, 1338
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vincennes, France
Died: 1378
 46 
Motilal Nehru
(Political Leader)
Motilal Nehru
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Agra
Died: 1931

Apart from being a prominent lawyer, Motilal Nehru was also an eminent freedom fighter and the father of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister. Born after his father’s death, he grew up amid financial difficulties. He later led the Indian National Congress as a two-time president.

 47 
Martine Carol
(Actress)
Martine Carol
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Birthdate: May 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Mandé, France
Died: 1967
 48 
Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik
(The 10th Umayyad Caliph Who Built Many Palaces and Reformed His Kingdom's Taxation System)
Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik
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Birthdate: 0691 AD
Birthplace: Damascus, Syria
Died: 0743

The 10th Umayyad caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik reigned during a relatively calm period. His main goal was to defend the vast empire that he had inherited. He built countless castles and palaces in Syria. He is also believed to have reformed the agricultural taxation system of his kingdom.

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André Brink
(South African Novelist, Essayist and Poet Best Known for His Novel ‘A Dry White Season')
André Brink
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vrede, South Africa
Died: 2015

André Brink was a South African essayist, novelist, and poet. Brink used both English and Afrikaans to write. He also worked at the University of Cape Town where he taught English. In the 1960s, Brink played a significant role in a literary movement called Die Sestigers, which sought to use Afrikaans to speak against the apartheid regime.

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Keith Park
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Keith Park
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thames
Died: 1975