Died On January 6th

Discover the most famous people who died on January 6. The list includes people like Theodore Roosevelt, Gregor Mendel, Dizzy Gillespie, Rudolf Nureyev, Georg Cantor. Famous personalities featured on this list, include composers, playwrights, political leaders and journalists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Russia, India & Austria and many more countries.
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Theodore Roosevelt
(26th President of the United States (1901-1909))
Theodore Roosevelt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 1919

The 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is generally ranked as one of the five best presidents of the country. A man of many talents, he was a politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer. He supported  Progressive Era policies in the early 20th century and championed his "Square Deal" domestic policies.

 2 
Sidney Poitier
(Director and the First African-American to Win an Academy Award for Best Actor)
Sidney Poitier
31
Birthdate: February 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: 2022

Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor who became the first Afro-Bahamian and Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. In 2009, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His life and work inspired a couple of documentary films, including the 2008 film Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.

 3 
Gregor Mendel
(Know for Creating the science of Genetics)
Gregor Mendel
10
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 20, 1822
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hynčice, Vražné, Czechia
Died: 1884

A scientist, meteorologist, mathematician, and biologist, Gregor Mendel is considered the founder of the modern science of genetics. He conducted a series of experiments on pea plants between 1856 and 1863, establishing many rules of heredity. Besides his work on pea plants, he also described novel plant species and conducted experiments with hawkweed and honeybees.

 4 
Rudolf Nureyev
(Choreographer & One of the Greatest Male Ballet Dancers of His Generation)
Rudolf Nureyev
17
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: March 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
Died: 1993

Born into a Tatar Muslim family, Rudolf Nureyev grew up to gain fans both for his exceptional ballet skills and for his sharp cheek bones. One of the greatest male ballet dancers ever, he gained fame performing with stars such as Margot Fonteynhe. A closeted homosexual, he died of AIDS.

 5 
Dizzy Gillespie
(One of the Greatest Jazz Trumpeters of All Time)
Dizzy Gillespie
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1993

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and singer Dizzy Gillespie developed the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge, modifying it with innovative harmony and rhythm. He popularized the bebop style of music and was famous for his signature horn-rimmed spectacles. His contribution to modern jazz earned him the title of the Ambassador of Jazz.

 6 
Georg Cantor
(Mathematician)
Georg Cantor
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 3, 1845
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died: 1918
Georg Cantor is remembered as the man behind the set theory of mathematics. Not known to many, he was a skilled violinist, too. He was one of the first to explore infinity. His final years were riddled with mental ailments, when he believed Shakespeare’s plays were written by Francis Bacon.
 7 
Lou Rawls
(R&B Singer Famous for His Luxurious Baritone Singing Voice and Four-Octave Vocal Range)
Lou Rawls
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2006

Lou Rawls was an American singer, composer, record producer, and actor. Rawls sold over 40 million records during his illustrious career. He was also renowned for his charity work; in 2004, he was honored by the popular philanthropic organization United Negro College Fund for his work with the organization for more than 25 years.

 8 
Louis Braille
(Inventor of Braille)
Louis Braille
88
Birthdate: January 4, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coupvray
Died: 1852
A 3-year-old Louis Braille accidentally injured himself in the eye while playing with a tool at his father’s harness shop. While the child lost his eyesight, his relentless spirit made him create a unique system made of dots and dashes, now known as the Braille, to help the blind read.
 9 
Mamie Till
(American Civil Rights Activist, Who Lost Her Son 'Emmett Till' to a Racist Attack)
Mamie Till
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Webb, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2003

Following the violent lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till by a group of white men, his mother Mamie Till-Mobley made a marked contribution to the fight against racism. She became a prominent civil rights activist and established the Emmett Till Players, a group that lectured on hope and unity.

 10 
Mehmed IV
(Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)
Mehmed IV
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Birthdate: January 2, 1642
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Topkapı Palace, Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died: 1693

Mehmed IV reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 8 August 1648 to 8 November 1687. After ascending the throne at age six following the dethronement of his father in a coup, Mehmed IV went on to become the second-longest reigning emperor in the history of the Ottoman Empire after Suleiman the Magnificent.

 11 
Gianluca Vialli
(Italian Football Player and Manager Who Played as a Striker)
Gianluca Vialli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
Died: 2023

Gianluca Vialli is an Italian former football player who played as a striker. He scored 286 goals in more than 500 appearances and is the  tenth-highest scoring Italian footballer in all competitions. After his retirement, he became manager of the English football club Chelsea and was one of the club's most successful managers.

 12 
Burt Munro
(New Zealand Motorcycle Racer Who Set an Under-1,000 CC World Record)
Burt Munro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
Died: 1978

New Zealand motorcyclist Burt Munro made three world records, traveling in his Indian motorcycle from New Zealand to the Bonneville Salt Flats in the U.S., and the one made in 1967 still remains unbroken. The 2005 film The World's Fastest Indian, based on his life, featured Anthony Hopkins as Munro.

 13 
Ian Charleson
(Scottish actor)
Ian Charleson
2
Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 1990
 14 
Victor Fleming
(Film Director)
Victor Fleming
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Birthdate: February 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Cañada Flintridge, California, United States
Died: 1949
 15 
Mónica Spear
(Model, Actress)
Mónica Spear
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maracaibo
Died: 2014

Actor-model Mónica Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela 2004 and later participated in the Miss Universe pageant, too. She and her former husband were murdered in their car while on a vacation with their 5-year-old daughter in Venezuela, in an attempted robbery after their car broke down.

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Pat Harrington Jr.
(Actor)
Pat Harrington Jr.
1
Birthdate: August 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2016
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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A. J. Cronin
(Scottish Novelist Best Known for His Novel 'The Citadel')
A. J. Cronin
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardross, Scotland
Died: 1981
A. J. Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician best remembered for his 1937 novel The Citadel. The novel, which received the National Book Award in 1937, helped inspire the creation of the National Health Service. Many of his books, including The Citadel, have been adapted to films. His novella Country Doctor inspired a TV series titled Dr. Finlay's Casebook.
 18 
Hugh Thompson, Jr.
Hugh Thompson, Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta
Died: 2006
 19 
Haym Salomon
(Businessman and Principal Financier During the American Revolutionary War)
Haym Salomon
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 7, 1740
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leszno, Poland
Died: 1785

Polish-American businessman Haym Salomon not only contributed to the establishment of the Philadelphia synagogue Mikveh Israel, but also lent huge amounts of interest-free money to soldiers and other borrowers during the American Revolutionary War. The financier eventually died in poverty, with the American government owing thousands of dollars to him.

 20 
Cheryl Holdridge
(Actress)
Cheryl Holdridge
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Birthdate: June 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2009
 21 
Joe Slovo
(Politician)
Joe Slovo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Obeliai
Died: 1995

Joe Slovo was a South African politician. One of the most important members of the ANC, Slovo played an important role in the development of Umkhonto we Sizwe, ANC's military wing. A Marxist-Leninist, he also led the South African Communist Party for many years. He was portrayed by Malcolm Purkey in Catch a Fire, a film about anti-apartheid activists.

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Amr ibn al-As
(Arab Commander Who Helped Conquer Egypt in 7th Century)
Amr ibn al-As
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 14, 0573
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0664

Amr ibn al-As was an Arab commander best remembered for his role in the Muslim conquest of Egypt. He went on to serve as the Governor of Egypt from 640 to 646 and again from 658 to 664. Prior to his role in the conquest of Egypt, Amr ibn al-As served as the Governor of Palestine from 634 to 639.

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Catherine Scorsese
(Actress, Writer)
Catherine Scorsese
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 16, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 1997
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Niall MacGinnis
(Film actor)
Niall MacGinnis
1
Birthdate: March 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, County Dublin, History of Ireland (1801–1923) Ireland
Died: 1977
 25 
Ron Asheton
(American Guitarist, Bassist and Co-Songwriter for the Rock Band 'The Stooges')
Ron Asheton
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2009

Ron Asheton was a guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. He is best known for co-founding the rock and roll band the Stooges with Iggy Pop and others. He learned to play multiple musical instruments as a young child. As a teenager, he began performing with his brother and friends. He eventually met Iggy and formed the Stooges

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Pete Kleinow
(Musician)
Pete Kleinow
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana
Died: 2007
 27 
Ida Tarbell
(Journalist)
Ida Tarbell
1
Birthdate: November 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hatch Hollow, Amity Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1944
 28 
Don Martin
(Cartoonist)
Don Martin
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Birthdate: May 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2000
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George R. Price
(Mathematician, Geneticist)
George R. Price
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 6, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States of America
Died: 1975

Best known for his theory of Price Equation, American population geneticist, George R. Price, worked as a chemist for more than two decades before shifting to theoretical biology. On reading W.D. Hamilton's paper on kin selection, he eventually started working on it, in the process devising what is today known as Price Equation and also introducing the evolutionarily stable strategy.

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Vladimir Vernadsky
(Russian Mineralogist and One of the Founders of Geochemistry, Radiogeology and Biogeochemistry)
Vladimir Vernadsky
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1945

Vladimir Vernadsky was a geochemist and mineralogist who is widely regarded as one of the founders of radiogeology, biogeochemistry, and geochemistry. He is also credited with founding the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Vernadsky is best remembered for his book, The Biosphere, which discusses Eduard Suess' work. He won the prestigious Stalin Prize in 1943.

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Julius Rosenwald
(Businessman)
Julius Rosenwald
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 12, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: 1932
 32 
Peter IV of Aragon
(King)
Peter IV of Aragon
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Birthdate: September 5, 1319
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Balaguer, Spain
Died: 1387
Richard Henry Dana Jr.
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 1, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1882
 34 
Pavel Cherenkov
(Russian Physicist and Winner of the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physics for the Discovery of Cherenkov Radiation)
Pavel Cherenkov
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 28, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Novaya Chigla, Russia
Died: 1990

Pavel Cherenkov was a Soviet physicist whose discovery of Cherenkov radiation in 1934 earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in physics in 1958. He also played an important role in the investigation of photo-meson reactions and photo-nuclear and in the construction and development of electron accelerators. Over the course of his career, Cherenkov won several awards, including two Stalin Prizes.

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John D. MacArthur
(Entrepreneur)
John D. MacArthur
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittston, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1978
 36 
Devil Anse Hatfield
(Patriarch of the Hatfield Clan)
Devil Anse Hatfield
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Logan, West Virginia, United States
Died: 1921
 37 
Om Puri
(Actor)
Om Puri
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Birthdate: October 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ambala, Punjab, India
Died: 2017
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 38 
Greta Thyssen
(Danish Actress and Former Model)
Greta Thyssen
1
Birthdate: March 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hareskovby, Denmark
Died: 2018

Greta Thyssen was a Danish film actress and former model. After winning the Miss Denmark crown in 1952, she moved to USA. She began her career as Marilyn Monroe’s body double in movies before carving a niche of her own. She is best known for her appearances in the Three Stooges films. Climate activist Genevieve Guenther is her daughter. 

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Marina Ginestà
(War Correspondent)
Marina Ginestà
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Birthdate: January 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: 2014

Spanish communist Marina Ginestà became famous for an iconic photo by Juan Guzmán that featured her on the rooftop of Hotel Colón in Barcelona, carrying a gun, during the 1936 military uprising. Part of the Socialist Youth, she was a reporter and translator for Pravda correspondent Mikhail Koltsov.

 40 
Philip Danforth Armour
(Entrepreneur)
Philip Danforth Armour
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 16, 1832
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockbridge, New York, United States
Died: 1901
 41 
Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence
(Duke)
Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence
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Birthdate: July 22, 1510
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1537
 42 
Raymond of Penyafort
(Saint)
Raymond of Penyafort
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1175 AD
Birthplace: Santa Margarida i els Monjos, Spain
Died: 1275
 43 
Rabbit Maranville
(Baseball manager)
Rabbit Maranville
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 11, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1954
 44 
Rodolphe Kreutzer
(French Violinist and Composer Known for Her Opera 'La mort d'Abel')
Rodolphe Kreutzer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 15, 1766
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: 1831
A pioneer of the French school of violin playing and a co-author of Méthode du violon, Rodolphe Kreutzer was also a fine music teacher at the Paris Conservatory. La mort d'Abel remains one of his best-known operas. He had also been a chamber musician of both Napoleon and Louis XVIII.
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Julian Rotter
(American Psychologist)
Julian Rotter
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Birthdate: October 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2014
 46 
Roger Boisjoly
(Mechanical Engineer)
Roger Boisjoly
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2012

A miller’s son, Roger Boisjoly excelled in tennis while in school and eventually grew up to become a mechanical engineer and an aerodynamicist. As part of the Morton Thiokol team that designed the Space Shuttle Challenger, he correctly predicted that its faulty design could cause an explosion, but was ignored.

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Florence King
(American Novelist, Essayist & Columnist)
Florence King
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2016
 48 
Richard M. Krause
(American Physician, Immunologist, and Microbiologist)
Richard M. Krause
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Died: 2015

Richard M. Krause was an American physician, immunologist, and microbiologist. From 1975 to 1984, he served at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as its director. He later served at Emory University as the dean of medicine. Richard M. Krause also worked as a professor at Rockefeller University.

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Maliheh Afnan
(Artist)
Maliheh Afnan
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Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Palestine
Died: 2016
 50 
Georgy Sviridov
(Composer)
Georgy Sviridov
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fatezh, Russia
Died: 1998