Famous Deaths on August 15

  • 69 Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), murdered
  • 423 Flavius Honorius, emperor East Roman Republic (395-423), dies
  • 778 Roland, Frankish commander
  • 1038 Stefanus I, [Arpad], 1st king of Hungary, dies
  • 1040 King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle at ca. 39 years

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1057 Macbeth, King of Scots, slain by son of King Duncan

King of Scotland Macbeth
King of Scotland
Macbeth
  • 1118 Alexius I Comnenus, Emperor of Byzantium (1081-1118), dies
  • 1196 Conrad II, Duke of Swabia (b. 1173)
  • 1274 Robert de Sorbon, French theologian and founder of the Sorbonne (b. 1201)
  • 1369 Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of Edward III of England
  • 1464 Pius II, [Aenea S Piccolomini], Italian Pope (1458-64), dies at 58
  • 1528 Odet de Foix, Vicomte de Lautrec, French military leader (b. 1485)
  • 1552 Hermann of Wied, German Catholic archbishop (b. 1477)
  • 1576 Baliny Valentin Bakfark, composer, dies
  • 1600 Johann Baptista Serranus, composer, dies at 60
  • 1615 Cornelis C Vrancx, Flemish poet/writer (Comfort of Soles), dies
  • 1619 Miriam Bella, head of Jewish community of Kraków, dies
  • 1621 John Barclay, Scottish writer (b. 1582)
  • 1666 Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionary/astronomer, dies
  • 1714 Constantin Brâncoveanu, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1654)
  • 1725 Gerard Noodt, lawyer, dies at 77
  • 1728 Marin Marais, French composer, dies at 72
  • 1729 Benjamin Neukirch, German poet (Herrn von Hofmannswaldau), dies at 64
  • 1758 Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (fotometrie), dies at 60
  • 1798 Felice Alessandri, composer, dies at 50
  • 1799 Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet (b. 1729)
  • 1807 Johann N Tetens, German/Danish philosopher/mathematician, dies at 70
  • 1848 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88
  • 1852 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), dies at 92
  • 1853 Giovanni Battista Polledro, composer, dies at 72
  • 1864 Daniel Phineas Woodbury, US engineer/Union general-major, dies
  • 1880 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (Julia-The Hunchback), dies while horse riding at 32
  • 1901 Karl Weinhold, Germany, sociologist, dies at 77
  • 1907 Joseph Joachim, German violinist/composer, dies at 76
  • 1909 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • 1914 Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Baba yaga), dies at 59 [NS=Aug 28]
  • 1915 Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, Jew convicted of murder, lynched
  • 1917 Thomas J. Higgins, decorated Union Army soldier (b. 1831)
  • 1918 Heinrich Köselitz [Peter Gast], German composer, dies at 64
  • 1925 Konrad Mägi, Estonian artist (b. 1878)
  • 1935 Gerard Brucken Fock, composer, dies at 75
  • 1935 Wiley Post, aviation pioneer, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 36

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1935 Will Rogers, humorist, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 55

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • 1936 Grazia Deledda, Sardina/Italian author (Nobel 1926), dies at 64
  • 1936 Stanislaw Niewiadomski, composer, dies at 76
  • 1945 Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
  • 1951 Artur Schnabel, Austria/US pianist (Reflections on Music), dies at 69
  • 1953 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • 1956 Constantine Freiherr von Neurath, German foreign minister, dies at 83
  • 1958 William L C "Big Bill" Broonzy, US blues singer/guitarist, dies at 65
  • 1959 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)
  • 1962 Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • 1963 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • 1966 Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • 1966 Jan Kiepura, actor (Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • 1966 Seena Owen, actress/writer (Queen Kelly), dies at 71
  • 1967 René Magritte, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 68
  • 1968 Edward Kilenyi, composer, dies at 84
  • 1969 Stijn Streuvels, [F Lateur], Flemish writer (Vlaschard), dies at 97
  • 1970 Karl August Andersen, composer, dies at 66
  • 1971 Paul Lukas, actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 1972 Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer, dies at 89
  • 1974 Edmund Cobb, actor (Motorcycle Gang), dies at 82
  • 1974 Mrs Park Chung Hi, wife of South Korean president, murdered

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1975 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding father of Bangladesh and 1st and 4th President of Bangladesh (1971-72 and 1975-76), assassinated in a military coup by a group of junior army officers at 53

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • 1975 Clay Shaw, alleged John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracist & businessman (b. 1913)
  • 1976 Jean P J C Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1978 Harrison Kerr, composer, dies at 80
  • 1982 Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1983 Anthony Costello, actor (Blue), dies at 42
  • 1983 Benjamin V Cohen, US author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • 1985 Richard Yardumian, US composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • 1988 Barry Bingham Sr, US daily newspaper publisher, dies at 82
  • 1988 Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, killed in plane crash
  • 1989 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian/director (IISG), dies
  • 1990 Nina Bara, actress (Missile to the Moon), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1990 Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (b. 1962)
  • 1991 Marietta Tree, ambassador (UN Comm of Human Rights), dies at 74
  • 1992 Evelyn Wesler Zemel, US author (American Glass Animals), dies
  • 1992 Giorgio Perlasca, Italian anti-fascist (saved 5,200 Jews), dies
  • 1992 Marie Paxton, English actress, dies at 82
  • 1992 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
  • 1992 Osamu Inaba, Japanese min of justice, dies
  • 1992 Jackie Edwards, Jamaican songwriter (Keep On Running), dies at 53 or 54
  • 1993 Robert W Kempner, German officer of justice in Prussia, dies at 93
  • 1994 Shepherd Mead, London England, dies of stroke at 80
  • 1994 Simon R Naoli, Tanzanian marathoner, dies in an accident at 28
  • 1994 Wout Wagtmans, cyclist (Rome-Naples-Rome 1957), dies at 64
  • 1995 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • 1995 Humphrey Sims Moore, pacifist/journalist, dies at 86
  • 1995 Ismay Thomas, teacher, dies at 74
  • 1996 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker, dies at 86
  • 1996 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver, dies at 93
  • 1996 Masao Maruyama, social scientist, dies at 82
  • 1999 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • 2001 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • 2003 Gösta Sundqvist, Finnish songwriter and singer (heart attack) (b. 1957)
  • 2004 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Te Atairangi Kaahu, Māori queen (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • 2006 Doug White, American news anchor
  • 2006 Faas Wilkes, Dutch international footballer
  • 2007 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • 2007 John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Sam Pollock, Canadian sports executive (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
  • 2008 James Orthwein, American businessman
  • 2008 Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • 2008 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • 2011 Rick Rypien, Canadian hockey player (b. 1984)
  • 2012 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • 2012 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • 2014 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • 2014 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • 2015 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), dies at 75
  • 2015 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71