Famous Deaths on January 15

  • 69 Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), lynched at 70
  • 570 Saint Ita, Irish nun (b. 475)
  • 936 King Rudolph of France (923-936), dies at 45 or 46
  • 1208 Peter of Castelnau, French nobleman, murdered
  • 1345 Martin Zaccaria, Italo-Greek ruler
  • 1595 Murat III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1546)
  • 1672 John Cosin, English clergyman (b. 1594)
  • 1683 Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (b. 1609)
  • 1684 Caspar Netscher, Dutch portrait painter, dies at about 48
  • 1705 Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies
  • 1744 Charles-Hubert Gervais, composer, dies at 72
  • 1755 Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, composer, dies at 83
  • 1765 Carlmann Kolb, German composer and priest, dies at 61
  • 1775 Giovanni Battista Sammartini, composer, dies
  • 1781 Marianne Victoria of Borbón, queen regent of Portugal (b. 1718)
  • 1788 Gaetano Latilla, composer, dies at 77
  • 1790 John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)
  • 1804 Dru Drury, English entomologist (b. 1725)
  • 1812 Johannes Herbst, composer, dies at 76
  • 1815 Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761
  • 1816 Henry Harington, composer, dies at 88
  • 1844 Joseph Mazzinghi, composer, dies at 78
  • 1864 Isaac Nathan, UK-Australian composer (b. 1792)
  • 1866 M T d'Azeglio, writer, dies
  • 1876 Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
  • 1893 Fanny Kemble, British actress and author (b. 1809)
  • 1896 Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • 1904 Eduard Lassen, composer, dies at 73
  • 1909 Ernest Reyer, composer, dies at 85
  • 1909 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • 1909 Arnold Janssen missionary (b. 1837)
  • 1911 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1915 Guillaume Couture, composer, dies at 63
  • 1915 Fannie Farmer, American culinary figure and author dies aged 57
  • 1916 Modest Tchaikovsky, Russian writer (b. 1850)
  • 1919 Karl Liebknecht, Marxist revolutionary, murdered at 47
  • 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, Marxist revolutionary, murdered
  • 1922 John Kirk Barry, Dr/explorer David Livingstone's companion, dies at 89
  • 1924 Geza Zichy, Hungarian composer and one-armed pianist, dies at 74
  • 1926 Enrico Toselli, composer, dies at 42
  • 1932 Georg Kerschensteiner, German educationalist, dies at 77
  • 1934 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), dies at 70
  • 1934 Patrick O'Malley, US policeman, killed by John Dillinger
  • 1936 Henry Forster, cricket (Hants & Oxford U, Gov-Gen of Australia), dies
  • 1942 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic-gold-08, 12), dies at 58

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1947 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, murdered at 22

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • 1949 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron/diplomat/senator, dies at 63
  • 1949 Charles Ponzi, Italian con man (Ponzi scheme in the US), dies at 66
  • 1950 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
  • 1952 Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
  • 1953 Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76
  • 1955 Yves Tanguy, French/American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • 1961 Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer, dies at 49
  • 1962 Kenneth MacKenna, actor (Men Without Women), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1964 Weldon John "Jack" Teagarden, US jazz trombonist/singer, dies at 58
  • 1965 Pierre Ngendandumwe, premier of Burundi, murdered
  • 1967 Albert Szirmai, composer, dies at 86
  • 1967 David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (b. 1882)
  • 1968 Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • 1968 John Davidson, actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc), dies at 80
  • 1968 Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • 1968 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 1969 Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
  • 1971 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • 1972 Daisy Ashford, English child writer (The Young Visiters) (b. 1881)
  • 1973 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • 1973 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • 1973 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • 1974 Karel Salmon, composer, dies at 76
  • 1978 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • 1981 Emanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92
  • 1982 Red Smith, sportscaster (Pulitzer, Fight Talk), dies at 76

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1983 Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach Fla at 80

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky
  • 1983 Shepperd Strudwick, actor (Psychomania), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1986 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • 1987 Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • 1987 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69
  • 1987 Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 83

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1988 Sean MacBride, Ireland, commander of Irish Republican Army, dies at 83

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • 1989 Wilf Slack, cricketer (whilst bat in Gambia England player 1986), dies
  • 1990 Gordon Jackson, actor (Hamlet), dies after a short illness at 66
  • 1992 Dee Murray, English bassist (b. 1946)
  • 1993 Henry Iba, basketball coach, dies at 88
  • 1993 Huub H Jacobse, Dutch MP (VVD), dies at 68
  • 1993 Ken Cory, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1993 Sammy Cahn, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1994 Gyorgy Cziffra, Hungarian/French pianist (Chopin/Liszt), dies at 72
  • 1994 Harry Nilsson, rock vocalist (Everybody's Talkin'), dies at 52
  • 1994 Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1995 Sollie McElroy, singer, dies at 61
  • 1996 Les Baxter, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again), dies at 73
  • 1996 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51
  • 1996 Richard Cobb, British historian, dies at 78
  • 1997 Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker, dies at 82
  • 1997 Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
  • 1998 Gulzarilal Nanda, temporary PM of India (1964, 66), dies
  • 1998 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • 1999 Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
  • 2000 Fran Ryan, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Željko Ražnatović, aka Arkan, Serbian paramilitary leader (b. 1952)
  • 2001 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2003 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Ruth Warrick, American actress/singer, dies of complications from pneumonia at 89
  • 2005 Walter Ernsting, German author (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)
  • 2005 Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
  • 2005 Ruth Elizabeth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies at 88
  • 2006 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • 2007 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), dies at 91
  • 2007 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • 2007 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 2007 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • 2008 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
  • 2011 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Edward Derwinski, Chicago congressman 1959-83 and first Secretary of Veteran Affairs, dies of cancer at 85
  • 2013 Chucho Castillo, Mexican boxer, dies from a heart attack at 68
  • 2013 Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director and screen writer, dies at 80
  • 2015 Kim Fowley, American record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • 2016 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2016 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72