Deaths in History 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)
  • 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
  • 1729 Benjamin Neukirch, German poet (Herrn von Hofmannswaldau), dies at 64
  • 1758 Pierre Bouguer, French mathematician (fotometrie), dies at 60
  • 1799 Giuseppe Parini, Italian poet (b. 1729)
  • 1807 Johann N Tetens, German/Danish philosopher/mathematician, dies at 70
  • 1852 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), dies at 92
  • 1864 Daniel Phineas Woodbury, US engineer/Union general-major, dies
  • 1901 Karl Weinhold, Germany, sociologist, dies at 77
  • 1909 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • 1915 Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, Jew convicted of murder, lynched
  • 1917 Thomas J. Higgins, decorated Union Army soldier (b. 1831)
  • 1925 Konrad Mägi, Estonian artist (b. 1878)
  • 1935 Wiley Post, aviation pioneer, killed in plane crash in Alaska at 36
  • 1936 Grazia Deledda, Sardina/Italian author (Nobel 1926), dies at 64
  • 1945 Korechika Anami, Japanese War Minister (b. 1887)
  • 1953 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • 1956 Constantine Freiherr von Neurath, German foreign minister, dies at 83
  • 1962 Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • 1966 Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • 1967 René Magritte, Belgian surrealist painter, dies at 68
  • 1969 Stijn Streuvels, [F Lateur], Flemish writer (Vlaschard), dies at 97
  • 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
  • 1982 Hugo Theorell, Swedish scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1983 Benjamin V Cohen, US author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • 1988 Barry Bingham Sr, US daily newspaper publisher, dies at 82
  • 1988 Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, killed in plane crash
  • 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 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
  • 1992 Osamu Inaba, Japanese min of justice, dies
  • 1993 Robert W Kempner, German officer of justice in Prussia, dies at 93
  • 1994 Shepherd Mead, London England, dies of stroke at 80
  • 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 Masao Maruyama, social scientist, dies at 82
  • 1999 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • 2001 Richard Chelimo, Kenyan athlete (b. 1972)
  • 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 Doug White, American news anchor
  • 2007 John Gofman, American Manhattan Project scientist and advocate (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Geoffrey Orbell, New Zealand bush walker (b. 1908)
  • 2008 James Orthwein, American businessman
  • 2008 Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • 2012 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • 2015 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), dies at 75