Deaths in History 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 Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon, second wife of Louis XIV of France (b. 1635)
  • 1754 Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (b. 1676)
  • 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
  • 1793 Ignacije Szentmartony, Croatian Jesuit missionary and geographer (b. 1718)
  • 1804 Charles Pichegru, French general (strangled in prison) (b. 1761)
  • 1824 Theodorus F van Capellen, vice-admiral (Algiers), dies at 61
  • 1854 Arthur Aikin, English chemist, mineralogist, and writer (b. 1773)

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

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

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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)
  • 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
  • 1927 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Di Giacomo), dies at 47
  • 1927 Gaston Leroux, French writer (b. 1868)
  • 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 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
  • 1956 Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • 1958 Estelle Taylor, dies at 64
  • 1962 Clara Blandick, committed suicide at 80
  • 1962 Esther Minciotti, dies at 74
  • 1963 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • 1965 Syd Chaplin, dies at 80
  • 1966 Joseph Crehan, dies of stroke at 81
  • 1969 Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
  • 1972 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
  • 1975 Charles Marshall, dies
  • 1975 John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15), dies
  • 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

  • 1981 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • 1982 Five murderers of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat executed
  • 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 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author and Holocaust survivor
  • 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
  • 1988 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • 1988 Kenneth Williams, dies at 61
  • 1989 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • 1989 Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • 1989 Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • 1990 Ulrich Becher, German writer and playwright, dies at 80
  • 1991 Marjorie Warfield, dies at 88
  • 1993 George Ives, dies at 111
  • 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 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), dies at 73
  • 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

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1998 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) and revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), dies at 72

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • 1999 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)
  • 2000 Edward Gorey, American illustrator (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Jack Herer, American author and cannabis activist (b. 1939)
  • 2011 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist (b. 1975)
  • 2013 Sal Castro, Mexican-American activist, dies from thyroid cancer at 79