Famous Deaths on October 15

  • 412 Theophilus, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 892 Al-Mutamid, kalief of Abbasiden, dies
  • 898 Lambert, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 912 Abdullah ibn Muhammad, Emir of Córdoba
  • 1002 Otto-Henry, Duke of Burgundy (b. 946)
  • 1080 Rudolf of Rheinfeld, Duke of Swabia and German anti-King
  • 1268 Dirk II, mister of Valkenburg, dies
  • 1271 Hostiensis, [Henricus the Segusia], cardinal/bishop of Ostia, dies
  • 1326 Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (b. 1261)
  • 1389 Urban VI, [Bartolomeo Prignano], Italian pope (1378-89), dies
  • 1512 Antoon Keldermans, Flem builder (Middelburg town hall), dies at 72
  • 1524 Joachim Patinir, Flemish landscape painter, dies at about 45
  • 1539 Reynier Brunt, procureur-general of Court of Holland, dies
  • 1595 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch E indies poet, dies at 48
  • 1674 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'), born in London
  • 1682 John Ferrabosco, composer, dies at 56
  • 1715 Humphry Ditton, English mathematician (b. 1675)
  • 1730 Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, French explorer (b. 1658)
  • 1788 Samuel Greig, Scottish-Russian admiral (b. 1735)
  • 1810 Alfred Moore, American judge (b. 1755)
  • 1811 Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (b. 1735)
  • 1817 Tadeusz AB Kosciusko, Polish lt-general/freedom fighter, dies
  • 1819 F Louise W, daughter of viceroy Willem V, dies at 48
  • 1819 Sergey Vyazmitinov, Russian general and statesman (b. 1744)
  • 1820 Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • 1837 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet (b. 1760)
  • 1883 Francesco Schira, composer, dies at 74
  • 1891 Gilbert Arthur a Beckett, English writer (b. 1837)
  • 1900 Zdenek Fibich, composer, dies at 49
  • 1910 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), murdered at a ranch in Missouri at 24
  • 1914 Aleksander Rozycki, composer, dies at 69

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1917 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch dancer and convicted German spy, executed by firing squad at 41

Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy Mata Hari
Exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German spy
Mata Hari
  • 1918 Sai Baba of Shirdi, Indian saint (b. circa 1838)

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1930 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (Dow Chemical), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 64

Chemical Industrialist Herbert Henry Dow
Chemical Industrialist
Herbert Henry Dow
  • 1934 Raymond Poincaré, premier/president France (1913-20), dies at 74
  • 1937 James Marcus, American actor (The Eagle, The Lonely Trail) dies at 70
  • 1942 Dirk Bannink, nurse/local counciller Deventer, executed
  • 1944 Philip Mechanicus, journalist, executed in Auschwitz-Birkenau

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1945 Pierre Laval, Prime Minister of France (1931-32 and 1935-36) and Head of Vichy France (1942-44), executed by firing squad for high treason at 62

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval

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1946 Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichmarshal, poisons himself in prison at 53

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1948 Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • 1955 Fumio Hayasaka, composer, dies at 41
  • 1958 Jack Mason, cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies
  • 1958 John C Poortenaar, painter/etcher/cartoonist, dies at 72
  • 1958 John Hamilton, actor (Perry White-Superman), dies at 61
  • 1959 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)
  • 1960 Clara Kimball Young, American actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • 1960 Henny Porten, silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • 1960 Maude Eburne, actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • 1963 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss/French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies
  • 1963 Horton Smith. American golfer (b. 1908)
  • 1964 Cole Porter, composer (Still of the Night), dies at 73
  • 1965 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • 1968 Bea Benaderet, NYC, actress (Kate-Petticoat Junction), dies at 62
  • 1968 Franz Reizenstein, composer, dies at 57
  • 1969 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • 1969 Shermake, president of (Somalia), murdered
  • 1971 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130

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1976 Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • 1977 Ralph Truman, English actor (Henry V, Treasure Island), dies at 77
  • 1980 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 1980 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • 1981 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • 1981 Justin Jud Strunk Jr, comedian (Laugh In), dies at 48
  • 1981 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1982 Elsie Randolph, actress (That'll Make You Whistle), dies
  • 1983 Pat O'Brien, actor (Some like it hot), dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1985 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72
  • 1987 Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, dies
  • 1990 Delphine Seyrig, French actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages) dies of lung disease at 58
  • 1991 Hotze de Roos, carpenter/kid book writer (Chameleon series), dies
  • 1992 Dorothy Helen Baker, mother of Diane Baker, dies at 78
  • 1993 Ken E Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symph Orch), dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1994 Hannes Wustinger, Austrian race car driver, dies at 29
  • 1994 Karl Edward Wagner, writer, dies at 48
  • 1994 Sarah Kofman, philosopher, dies at 60
  • 1994 Wilhelmus HL "Willem" Tollenaar, actor/director (Elkerlyc), dies at 82
  • 1995 Arthur Carleton Hetherington, public servant, dies at 82
  • 1995 Phil Sidey, broadcaster, dies at 69
  • 1996 Bernard Frank, oriental scholar/writer, dies at 69
  • 2000 Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Zhang Xueliang, Chinese ruler of Manchuria (b. 1901)
  • 2003 Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Jason Collier, American basketball player (b. 1977)
  • 2005 Matti Wuori, Finnish politician (b. 1945)
  • 2008 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Jack Narz, American game show host (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Richard C. Miller, American photographer (b. 1912)
  • 2010 Mildred Fay Jefferson, American physician and pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Johnny Sheffield, American actor (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Betty Driver, British Actress (b. 1920)

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2012 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk