Famous Deaths on April 15

  • 1053 Godwin, Earl of Wessex
  • 1220 Adolf I, archbishop of Cologne, dies
  • 1415 Manuel Chrysoloras, Greek humanist and grammarian
  • 1472 Leon B Alberti, Italian humanist/architect (Philodoxis), dies at 68
  • 1502 Jan IV Chalon, prince of Orange, dies
  • 1607 Cornelius Kilianus, Flemish translator/poet, dies at about 78
  • 1610 Johan van Duivenoorde, mister of Warmond, dies at about 62
  • 1621 John Carver, first governor of Plymouth Colony
  • 1632 George Calvert, Proprietor of the Avalon (Maryland) Colony (b. 1580)
  • 1641 Domenico Zampieri, Italian painter (b. 1581)
  • 1652 Patriarch Joseph, head of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • 1659 Simon Dach, Prussian German poet, dies at 63
  • 1719 Johann Friedrich Treiber, composer, dies at 76
  • 1719 Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon, second wife of Louis XIV of France (b. 1635)
  • 1754 Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (b. 1676)
  • 1756 Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, composer, dies at 29
  • 1761 Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician (b. 1682)
  • 1761 William Oldys, English antiquarian and bibliographer (b. 1696)
  • 1764 Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France (b. 1721) of tuberculosis aged 42
  • 1765 Michail v Lomonosov, Russian scholar/poet, dies at 53
  • 1788 Giuseppi Bonno, composer, dies at 77
  • 1793 Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary and geographer (b. 1718)
  • 1804 Charles Pichegru, French general (strangled in prison) (b. 1761)
  • 1811 Ernest Louis Muller, composer, dies at 70
  • 1824 Theodorus F van Capellen, vice-admiral (Algiers), dies at 61
  • 1853 Johann Leopold Fuchs, composer, dies at 67
  • 1854 Arthur Aikin, English chemist, mineralogist, and writer (b. 1773)
  • 1863 Jan Nepomuk Kanka, composer, dies at 90

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1865 Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President, dies from gunshot wounds at 56

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1866 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, dies at 51

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1888 Matthew Arnold, English poet, dies at 65

Poet/Critic Matthew Arnold
Poet/Critic
Matthew Arnold
  • 1889 Father Damien, Belgian missionary (b. 1840)
  • 1891 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, dies at 49
  • 1898 Kepa Te Rangihiwinui, Maori military leader
  • 1911 Georg Knorr, German engineer, dies
  • 1912 Edward Smith, captain of the RMS Titanic (b. 1850)
  • 1912 John Jacob Astor IV, billionaire (b. 1864)
  • 1912 William T. Stead American author and journalist. (b. 1849)
  • 1916 Alfred Cogniaux, Belgian botanist, dies at 75
  • 1920 Jacob van Stolk Azn, art collector, dies at 74
  • 1924 Eduardo Caudella, composer, dies at 82
  • 1925 John Singer Sargent, US portrait painter, dies at 69
  • 1926 Frank Iredale, cricketer (14 Tests for Aust, 807 runs at 36 68), dies
  • 1927 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Di Giacomo), dies at 47
  • 1927 Gaston Leroux, French writer (b. 1868)
  • 1929 Antonio Smareglia, composer, dies at 74
  • 1937 Nikolai Artzibushev, composer, dies at 79
  • 1938 Caesar Vallejo, Peru/French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
  • 1942 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), dies at 61

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1942 Hugh S. Johnson, American head of the National Recovery Administration and member of FDR's Brain Trust, dies of pneumonia at 60

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson
  • 1943 Raffaele Casimiro Casimiri, composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist (d. 1882)
  • 1947 Wolstenholme, rocker, dies
  • 1948 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (d. 1892)

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1948 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (1946-48), dies of heart attack at 56

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • 1949 Wallace Beery, US actor (The Champ), dies at 64
  • 1954 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
  • 1956 Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • 1957 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1958 Estelle Taylor, dies at 64
  • 1962 Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • 1962 Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • 1962 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
  • 1963 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • 1965 Syd Chaplin, dies at 80
  • 1966 Joseph Crehan, dies of stroke at 81
  • 1967 Antonio de Curtis Toto, comedian, dies of heart attack at 69
  • 1968 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, composer, dies at 73
  • 1969 Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
  • 1970 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1971 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • 1972 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
  • 1974 Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (b. 1906)
  • 1975 Charles Marshall, dies
  • 1975 John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15), dies
  • 1975 Richard Conte, actor (Four Just Men, Jean Arthur Show), dies at 65
  • 1976 Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (National Christian Crusade), dies at 78

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1980 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • 1980 Marshall Reed, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup), dies at 62
  • 1980 Paul Langton, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • 1980 Raymond Bailey, actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75
  • 1981 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • 1982 Five murderers of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat executed
  • 1982 Arthur Lowe, Brits actor (Capt Mainwaring in Dad's army), dies at 66
  • 1982 Louis M de Guiringaud, Fren forgn min (1976-78), commits suicide at 70
  • 1983 Gyula Illyes, Hungarian writer/poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • 1983 Rodolfo Hoyos, actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
  • 1983 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor
  • 1984 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • 1984 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer (b. 1925)
  • 1986 Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • 1986 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • 1986 Tim McIntire, actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
  • 1988 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • 1988 Kenneth Williams, dies at 61
  • 1988 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
  • 1989 Charles Vanel, dies at 96
  • 1989 Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • 1989 Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • 1990 Henry Kendrick, American actor (Raising Arizona) dies at 56

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1990 Greta Garbo, actress (Anna Karenina, Camille), dies at 84

Actress Greta Garbo
Actress
Greta Garbo
  • 1990 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, dies at 80
  • 1991 Marjorie Warfield, dies at 88
  • 1991 Martin Ashe, American actor, dies at 81
  • 1993 George Ives, dies at 111
  • 1993 H H "Bull" Alexander, cricketer (Test for Aust 1933, avg 154), dies
  • 1993 Leslie Charteris, British mystery writer (Saint), dies at 85
  • 1993 William Bakewell, dies of leukemia at 84
  • 1993 John Tuzo Wilson, Canadian geologist (contributions to plate tectonics), dies at 84
  • 1994 John Curry, English figure skater (Oly-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1994 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), dies at 73
  • 1995 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, dies at 85
  • 1995 Denis Harding, soldier, dies at 79
  • 1997 Sam Moskowitz, SF fandom historian, dies at 76
  • 1997 Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • 1998 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
  • 1999 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)
  • 2000 Edward Gorey, American illustrator (b. 1925)
  • 2001 Joey Ramone, American musician and singer (The Ramones) (b. 1951)
  • 2002 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress (b. 1941)
  • 2003 Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • 2005 John Fred, American singer (Judy in Disguise with Glasses), dies at 63
  • 2007 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • 2009 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP (b.1924)
  • 2010 Jack Herer, American author and cannabis activist (b. 1939)
  • 2011 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist (b. 1975)
  • 2012 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • 2013 Sal Castro, Mexican-American activist, dies from thyroid cancer at 79
  • 2013 Richard LeParmentier, American actor, dies at 66
  • 2015 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), dies of a brain hemorrhage, at 48