Famous Deaths on 15th February

  • 1043 Gisela, wife of RC-German emperor Conrad II the Salier, dies at 52
  • 1145 Lucius II, [Gherardo Caccianemici], Italian Pope (1144-45), dies
  • 1152 Konrad III, Roman-German King (1138-1152), dies at about 58
  • 1503 Henry Deane, Archbishop of Canterbury (1501-03), dies
  • 1568 Hendrik van Brederode, Dutch noble (Compromise of Nobles), dies at 36
  • 1580 Cunerus Petri, Dutch theologist/bishop of Leeuwarden, dies
  • 1597 Pieter J Kies, Dutch mayor of Haarlem (1572-73), dies at about 66
  • 1600 Jose the Acosta, Spanish missionary (Peru), dies at 59(?)
  • 1621 Michael Praetorius, German composer (In Dulce Jubilo), dies at 50
  • 1637 Ferdinand II, King of Bohemia/Hun/German Emperor (1619-37), dies at 58
  • 1660 Klaas Geritsz Compaen, Dutch buccaneer/merchant, dies at 72
  • 1680 Jan Swammerdam, Dutch anatomist/entomologist (Bible of Nature), dies at 43
  • 1701 Adam Drese, German composer, dies at 80
  • 1713 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, writer, dies
  • 1738 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
  • 1744 Frantisek Antonin Mica, composer, dies at 49
  • 1744 John Hadley, inventor (sextant), dies
  • 1759 Alexander von Papenhoven, Flemish religious sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1761 Carlo Cecere, composer, dies at 54
  • 1775 Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian (b. 1690)
  • 1778 Johann Gottlieb Gorner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1781 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Saxon playwright/critic, dies at 52
  • 1818 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18), dies at 69
  • 1820 Pierre-Joseph Cambon, member of Committee the Salut Public, dies at 63
  • 1820 William Ellery, US attorney (signed Decl of Independence), dies at 92
  • 1831 Henry Maudslay, inventor (metal lathe), dies
  • 1832 Hardenack Otto Conrad Zinck, composer, dies at 85
  • 1835 Henry Hunt, British politican, dies
  • 1839 Chevalier de Lorimier, Quebec notary (b. 1803)
  • 1841 Sibrand Acker Stratingh, Dutch dr/chemist (electrical car), dies at 53
  • 1843 Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek military figure (b. 1770)
  • 1844 Henry Addington Lord Sidmouth, Brit premier (1801-04), dies at 86
  • 1847 Germinal Pierre Dandelin, Belgian mathematician (b. 1794)
  • 1848 Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • 1849 Pierre F Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), dies at 44
  • 1857 Mikhail Glinka, Russian composer ("Ruslan and Ludmilla"), dies at 53
  • 1864 Israel Zangwill, writer/Zionist/philanthropist, dies
  • 1864 William Dyce, painter, dies
  • 1865 Nicholas Wiseman, 1st Archbishop of Westminster (1850-65), dies
  • 1869 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (b. 1796)
  • 1885 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • 1887 Alexander Borodin, composer, dies
  • 1896 E J Nicholson, writer, dies
  • 1902 Wilhelmina JR Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, dies at 68
  • 1903 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress, dies at 69
  • 1905 Lewis Wallace, US diplomat/writer (Ben Hur), dies at 77
  • 1910 Albert Fuchs, composer, dies at 51
  • 1911 Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (b. 1859)
  • 1916 Nikolay Nikolayevich Lodizhensky, composer, dies at 73
  • 1917 Charles A van Ophuysen, Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
  • 1919 Pieter K Pel, Dutch internist (Pel-Ebstein fever), dies at 66
  • 1921 Hans Haym, composer, dies at 60
  • 1922 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German/Dutch anarchist/feminist, dies at 36
  • 1923 Josephine Beall Bruce, African American activist, dies at 69
  • 1924 Lionel Monckton, English composer (Country Girl), dies at 62
  • 1928 Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (L, 1908-16) dies at 75
  • 1932 Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
  • 1933 Anton J Cermak, (Mayor-D-Chicago), assassinated in Miami
  • 1939 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer, dies at 47
  • 1939 Henri Jaspar, premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68
  • 1939 Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • 1942 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist, dies at 91
  • 1942 Stanislav Binicki, composer, dies at 69
  • 1943 William Victor Harris, composer, dies at 73
  • 1955 S Z Sakall, actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 71
  • 1959 Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • 1961 Jack Whiting, actor (Top Speed, Life of the Party), dies at 59
  • 1961 Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1932), dies
  • 1961 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), dies at 49
  • 1962 Vladimir Sokoloff, actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • 1964 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)

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1965 Nat King Cole, singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), dies at 49

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  • 1966 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • 1966 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (b. 1909)
  • 1967 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor/director (It, Careers), dies at 79
  • 1967 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador in USSR, dies at 76
  • 1968 Little Walter, rocker, dies at 37
  • 1970 Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)
  • 1971 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • 1971 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • 1972 Edgar P Snow, US author/journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
  • 1972 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • 1973 Tim Holt, actor (Stagecoach, Hitler's Children), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1973 Wally Cox, actor (Mr Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies at 48
  • 1974 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, composer, dies at 86
  • 1975 Julian Huxley, biologist, dies
  • 1975 Pelham G Wodehouse, writer, dies
  • 1978 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party), dies at 72
  • 1979 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • 1979 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Teheran, executed
  • 1981 Jack Crapp, cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
  • 1981 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • 1981 Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • 1981 Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • 1982 Rolfe Sedan, actor (Mailman-George Burns Show), dies at 86
  • 1984 Avon Long, dancer/actor (Roots: Next Generation), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1984 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • 1984 Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists
  • 1987 Jimmy Holiday, US singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • 1987 Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • 1988 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies
  • 1988 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • 1988 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • 1988 Neil R[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • 1988 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Nobel 1965, Physical Law), dies at 69
  • 1990 Henry Brandon, actor (Assault on Precinct 13), dies at 77
  • 1990 Jack Fletcher, actor (Any Wednesday), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1991 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack
  • 1991 Luis Escobar, Spanish actor (Don Juan My Love), dies at 78
  • 1992 William H Schuman, US composer (Pulitzer)/Pres of Julliard, dies at 81
  • 1992 María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
  • 1993 George Wallington, [Giacinto Figlia], Italian bebop-pianist/, dies
  • 1994 Andrei Tsjikatilo, [Rostov Ripper], Russian mass murdered, executed
  • 1994 Tiger Haynes, US actor (Moscow on the Hudson, Cosby Show), dies at 79
  • 1995 Francis Taylor, builder, dies at 90
  • 1995 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist/rebel, dies at 77
  • 1995 Lord Taylor of Hadfield, Brit pres of Taylor Woodrow Group, dies at 90
  • 1995 Nabila Diahnine, Algerian architect/feminist, murdered at 33
  • 1995 Sahnoun Jawhari, Tunisian Annahda-leader, dies at 40 in jail
  • 1995 Viscount Camrose, British large landowner/Conservative, dies
  • 1996 Bruno Ferenc Straub, Hungarian statesman, dies
  • 1996 Margaret Courtenay, actress (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies at 72
  • 1996 McLean Stevenson, actor (M*A*S*H, Hello Larry), dies at 66
  • 1996 Oscar Abrams, community organiser, dies at 58
  • 1996 Tommy Rettig, actor (Lassie)/computer programmer (Clipper), dies at 54
  • 1998 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • 1999 Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • 1999 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)

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2002 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (b. 1963)

  • 2004 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Jan Miner, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2005 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Walker Edmiston, actor (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2008 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • 2009 Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Charles Anthony, American Tenor dies from kidney failure at 82
  • 2012 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82