Deaths in History on February 15

  • 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(?)
  • 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
  • 1713 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, writer, dies
  • 1738 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
  • 1744 John Hadley, inventor (sextant), dies
  • 1759 Alexander von Papenhoven, Flemish religious sculptor, dies at 89
  • 1775 Peter Dens, Flemish Catholic theologian, dies at 84
  • 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 Declaration of Independence), dies at 92
  • 1831 Henry Maudslay, English inventor (metal lathe), dies at 59
  • 1835 Henry Hunt, British politician, 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)

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1844 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1801-04), dies at 86

British Prime Minister Henry Addington
British Prime Minister
Henry Addington
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1896 E J Nicholson, writer, dies
  • 1905 Lewis Wallace, US diplomat/writer (Ben Hur), dies at 77
  • 1911 Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (b. 1859)
  • 1917 Charles A van Ophuysen, Dutch orientalist, dies at 60
  • 1919 Pieter K Pel, Dutch internist (Pel-Ebstein fever), dies at 66
  • 1922 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German/Dutch anarchist/feminist, dies at 36
  • 1923 Josephine Beall Bruce, African American activist, dies at 69

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1928 H. H. Asquith, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1908-16), dies at 75

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • 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)
  • 1959 Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • 1964 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • 1966 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • 1966 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (b. 1909)
  • 1967 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador in USSR, dies at 76
  • 1970 Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)

  • 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
  • 1975 Julian Huxley, biologist, dies
  • 1979 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • 1984 Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists
  • 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
  • 1992 María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
  • 1994 Andrei Tsjikatilo, [Rostov Ripper], Russian mass murdered, executed
  • 1995 Francis Taylor, builder, dies at 90
  • 1995 Joseph Ortiz, French-Algerian extremist/rebel, dies at 77
  • 1995 Lord Taylor of Hadfield, British President 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 Oscar Abrams, community organiser, dies at 58
  • 1998 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • 1999 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • 2007 Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor (remote control for television), dies at 93
  • 2008 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)