The following is a list of notable world figures who died on January 6.

  1. 664 - Amr ibn al-A'as, Muslim general (bc. 583)
  2. 1088 - Berengar of Tours, French theologian (bc. 999)
  3. 1448 - Christopher of Bavaria, King of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden (b. 1418)
  4. 1537 - Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence (b. 1510)
  5. 1537 - Baldassare Peruzzi, Italian architect and painter (b. 1481)
  6. 1616 - Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur (bc. 1550)
  7. 1689 - Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1671)
  8. 1711 - Philipp van Almonde, Dutch admiral (b. 1646)
  9. 1718 - Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  10. 1718 - Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)
  11. 1724 - Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Japanese dramatist (b. 1653)
  12. 1731 - Étienne François Geoffroy, French chemist (b. 1672)
  13. 1734 - John Dennis, English critic and dramatist (b. 1657)
  14. 1813 - Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general (b. 1764)
  15. 1840 - Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist (b. 1752)
  16. 1852 - Louis Braille, French teacher of the blind (b. 1809)
  17. 1855 - Giacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (b. 1779)
  18. 1884 - Gregor Johann Mendel, Austrian geneticist (b. 1822)
  19. 1885 - Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Norwegian writer and scientist (b. 1812)
  20. 1913 - Frederick Hitch, English Victoria Cross Winner (b. 1856)
  21. 1918 - Georg Cantor, German mathematician (b. 1845)
  22. 1919 - Max Heindel, Danish astrologer and mystic (b. 1865)
  23. 1919 - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (b. 1858)
  24. 1922 - Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (b. 1842)
  25. 1928 - Alvin Kraenzlein, American athlete (b. 1876)
  26. 1937 - André Besette, Canadian religious figure (b. 1845)
  27. 1941 - Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  28. 1942 - Henri de Baillet-Latour, Belgian International Olympic Committee president (b. 1876)
  29. 1944 - Ida Tarbell, American journalist (b. 1857)
  30. 1945 - Vladimir Vernadsky, Russian mineralogist (b. 1863)
  31. 1949 - Victor Fleming, American director (b. 1883)
  32. 1972 - Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  33. 1978 - Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  34. 1981 - A.J. Cronin, Scottish writer (b. 1896)
  35. 1981 - Karl Dönitz, German WWII Admiral (b. 1891)
  36. 1990 - Ian Charleson, Scottish actor (b. 1949)
  37. 1990 - Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov, Russian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  38. 1992 - Dizzy Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1917)
  39. 1993 - Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (b. 1938)
  40. 1995 - Joe Slovo, South African politician (b. 1926)
  41. 1996 - Yahya Ayyash, Palestinian leader (b. 1966)
  42. 1997 - Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
  43. 2000 - Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  44. 2004 - Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
  45. 2004 - Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  46. 2004 - Francesco Scavullo, American photographer (b. 1921)
  47. 2005 - Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)
  48. 2005 - Louis Robichaud, Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1925)
  49. 2006 - Lou Rawls, American singer (b. 1933)
  50. 2006 - Hugh Thompson, Jr., decorated Vietnam War helicopter pilot (b. 1943)