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

  1. 680 - Muawiyah I, caliph (b. 602)
  2. 1502 - James Tyrrell, alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower (executed)
  3. 1596 - Giaches de Wert, Flemish composer (b. 1535)
  4. 1620 - Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Palestinian-born Kabbalist (b. 1543)
  5. 1631 - Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician
  6. 1638 - Cornelius Jansen, French bishop and religious reformer (b. 1585)
  7. 1708 - François de Laval, first bishop of New France (b. 1623)
  8. 1757 - Maximilian Ulysses Reichsgraf von Browne, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  9. 1757 - Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (b. 1683)
  10. 1757 - Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (b. 1684)
  11. 1859 - Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist and explorer (b. 1769)
  12. 1862 - Henry David Thoreau, American author and philosopher (b. 1817)
  13. 1877 - Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  14. 1902 - Bret Harte, American author (b. 1836)
  15. 1910 - King Edward VII of the United Kingdom (b. 1841)
  16. 1919 - L. Frank Baum, American writer (b. 1856)
  17. 1939 - Konstantin Somov, Russian writer (b. 1869)
  18. 1949 - Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  19. 1951 - Élie Cartan, French mathematician (b. 1869)
  20. 1952 - Maria Montessori, Italian educator (b. 1870)
  21. 1961 - Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (b. 1895)
  22. 1963 - Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  23. 1967 - Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  24. 1970 - Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian general (b. 1879)
  25. 1984 - Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  26. 1987 - William Casey, American Central Intelligence Agency director (b. 1913)
  27. 1989 - Earl Blaik, Former American football coach. (b. 1897)
  28. 1990 - Charles Farrell, American actor (b. 1901)
  29. 1992 - Marlene Dietrich, German actress (b. 1901)
  30. 1995 - Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  31. 1995 - Hilda Toledano (b. 1907)
  32. 2002 - Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  33. 2003 - Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  34. 2004 - Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher (b. 1912)
  35. 2006 - Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor. (b. 1906)
  36. 2006 - Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  37. 2006 - Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist. (b. 1926)
  38. 2006 - Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)