Deaths in History on November 15

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565 Justinian I (The Great), Byzantinian Emperor (527-565), dies at 82. Corpus Juris Civilis, civil law code, written during reign.

Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I
Eastern Roman Emperor
Justinian I
  • 655 Penda, King of Mercia, Anglo Saxon King
  • 1028 Constantine VIII Byzantine Emperor (b. 960)
  • 1136 Margrave Leopold III of Austria (b. 1073)
  • 1194 Margaretha van Elzas, wife of count Boudouin V of Henegouwen, dies
  • 1280 Albertus Magnus the Great, German leader/bishop Regensburg, dies at 87
  • 1463 Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini, Prince of Taranto and Constable of Naples
  • 1544 King Jungjong of Joseon (b. 1506)
  • 1579 Ferenc Dávid, Hungarian religious reformer (b. 1510)
  • 1628 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (b. 1576)
  • 1629 Bethlen Gabor, King of Hungary (1620-29), dies at 49

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1630 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, dies at 58

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Astronomer
Johannes Kepler
  • 1634 Johann Staden, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1658 Jacobus Revius, [Reefsen], theologist/writer/poet, dies at about 72
  • 1670 Jan Amos Komensky [Comenius], Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer, dies at 78
  • 1691 Albert Cuyp, landscape painter, buried at 71
  • 1706 Tsangyang Gyatso, 6th Dalai Lama (1697-1706), dies at 23
  • 1712 Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun, English politician (b. 1675)
  • 1712 James Douglas, 4th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish nationalist (b. 1658)

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1794 John Witherspoon, president of the College of New Jersey, dies at 71

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 1795 Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (b. 1719)
  • 1812 Eagle Fokke Simonsz, writer (Year 3000), dies at about 57
  • 1819 Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (b. 1749)
  • 1832 Jean Baptiste Say, French economist, dies at 63
  • 1848 P Rossi, Italian, murdered
  • 1853 Queen Maria II of Portugal (b. 1819)
  • 1863 Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (childless), dies
  • 1892 Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish serial killer, is executed at 42
  • 1897 John Mercer Langston, US African American jurist, dies at 67
  • 1908 Empress Dowager Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies at 72
  • 1910 Wilhelm Raabe [Jakob Corvinus], German author, dies at 79
  • 1916 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author, Nobel laureate (b. 1846)
  • 1919 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies
  • 1919 Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
  • 1928 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American Geologist and educator, dies at 85
  • 1931 Cornelis A J van Dishoeck, publisher, dies
  • 1934 Anton CR Dreesmann, German/Neth's manufacturer (Devout & D), dies
  • 1944 Maarten Reuchlin, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1955 Lloyd Bacon, director (Fuller Brush Girl, 42nd Street), dies at 65
  • 1967 Michael James Adams, USAF pilot (X-15), dies in X-15 crash at 37
  • 1971 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
  • 1975 Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist, dies at 77

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1978 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • 1984 Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks
  • 1985 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • 1993 Luciano Liggio, Italian mafia leader/painter, dies
  • 1993 Mouin Shabaita, Palestinian al-Fatah commandant, murdered
  • 1994 James Winston Watts, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, dies at 90
  • 1994 Janet Ahlberg, illustrator, dies at 50
  • 1994 Volodymyr Ivashko, President of Ukraine (1990-91), dies
  • 1994 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (b. 1908)
  • 1995 Eve Perrick, journalist, dies at 78
  • 1995 Herbert Delauney Bill Hughes, educationist, dies at 81
  • 1996 Alger Hiss, former alleged spy/lawyer, dies at 92
  • 1997 William Perrie, prison governor, dies at 79
  • 1998 Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
  • 2002 Myra Hindley, English murderess (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (b. 1923)
  • 2004 Elmer L. Andersen, Governor of Minnesota (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Dr. Adrian Rogers, American Southern Baptist Minister and leader (b. 1931)
  • 2005 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
  • 2006 David K. Wyatt, American historian (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, 44th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Larry Evans, American chess grandmaster and journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2015 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82
  • 2016 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), dies at 95