Deaths in History on June 15

  • 923 Robert I, King of France (922-23), dies in battle
  • 948 Romanus I Lecapenus, Armenian emperor of Byzantium (919-44), dies
  • 991 Theophanu, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Otto II and regent of Otto III, dies (b. 960)
  • 1073 Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan (b. 1034)
  • 1246 Frederik II "the Strijdbare", duke of Austria, dies in battle at 25
  • 1337 Angelus Clarenus/da Cingoli, Italian leader, dies
  • 1341 Andronicus III Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1328-41), dies
  • 1381 Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London
  • 1381 John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England
  • 1383 John VI Cantacuzenus, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1389 Lazar I, Serbian prince, dies in battle
  • 1389 Murad I, Osmaans sultan, dies in battle
  • 1397 Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity
  • 1467 Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 70
  • 1521 Tamás Bakócz. Hungarian Catholic cardinal and statesman (b. 1442)
  • 1557 Sebastiaan Van Noyen, military master builder, dies
  • 1580 Nicolaas van Nieuwland, corrupt 1st bishop of Haarlem, dies at 70
  • 1614 Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton, English politician (b. 1540)
  • 1666 Pieter de Bitter, Dutch admiral (Colombo, Goa), dies
  • 1679 Guillaume Courtois, French painter (b. 1628)
  • 1702 Georg E Rumphius, German nature explorer, dies
  • 1703 Gillis Schey, Dutch admiral (battle at Lowestoft), dies at 58
  • 1708 Romeyn de Hooghe, painter/goldsmith, buried at 62
  • 1724 Henry Sacheverell, English churchman and politician (b. 1674)
  • 1750 Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal, French writer (b. 1684)
  • 1760 Antoine Court, French reformed theologist, dies at 69
  • 1768 James Short, Scottish mathematician and optician (b. 1710)
  • 1814 Charles Palissot de Montenoy, French writer/politician, dies at 84
  • 1844 Thomas Campbell, poet (Ye Mariners of England), dies at 66
  • 1845 Francesco Capaccini, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 60

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1849 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (1845-1849), dies in Nashville Tenn at 53

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1856 David Cox, English painter (Treatise on Landscape Paint), dies at 73
  • 1858 Ary Scheffer, painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1865 Edmun Ruffin, US secessionist/writer, commits suicide
  • 1888 Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (b. 1831)
  • 1889 Mihail Eminesco, Romanian poet (Luceafarul), dies at 39
  • 1905 Hermann von Wissmann, German African expl/gov East-Africa, dies
  • 1907 William Le Baron Jenney, US architect, dies
  • 1917 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1917 Lillian Bassman, Russian emigrant to America, photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Alexander Stamboeliski, premier Bulgaria (1919-23), dies
  • 1938 Ernst L Kirchner, German painter, dies at 58
  • 1941 Evelyn Underhill, British writer (b. 1875)
  • 1941 Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist (b. 1873)
  • 1942 Vera Figner, writer, dies
  • 1952 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist, dies at 70
  • 1958 Francois de Vries, economist, dies at 74
  • 1965 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (b. 1902
  • 1971 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1978 Anton Roosjen, politician/NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • 1979 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • 1983 Srirangam Srinivasarao, also known as Sri Sri, Telugu poet (b. 1910)
  • 1985 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • 1987 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • 1989 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1993 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), dies at 76
  • 1993 Mahfoud Boucebi, Algerian psychiatrist, murdered
  • 1993 Vera, scarf/linen designer, dies of cardiac arrest at 87
  • 1994 David Lawson, executed in NC (wanted execution shown on Donahue)
  • 1996 Jean Gimpel, author/iconoclast, dies at 77
  • 2000 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • 2002 Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)
  • 2011 Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)
  • 2013 Kenneth Wilson, American physicist and Nobel laureate, dies from lymphoma at 77
  • 2014 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
  • 2015 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), dies at 98
  • 2016 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82