Deaths in History on September 15

  • 9 Publius Quinctilius Varus, Roman viceroy of Syria, suicide at 59
  • 668 Constans II, Byzantine emperor (b. 630)
  • 866 Robert the Strong, Margrave of Neustria
  • 921 Ludmilla, wife of 1st christian Bohemian king Borijov I/saint, dies
  • 928 Louis III, the Blind Proveneaals king of Lombardije/Germany, dies at 48
  • 1231 Louis I, Duke of Wittelsbach, dies
  • 1352 Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and religious leader (b. 1273)
  • 1500 John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1525 Jan de Bakker [Johannes Pistorius], Roman Catholic priest who was the first preacher in Northern Netherlands to be put to death as a direct result of his Protestant beliefs, burned at the stake at 26
  • 1596 Leonhard Rauwolf, German physician and botanist (b. 1535 or 1540)
  • 1598 Hidejoshi, [Hijoshi], Japanese general strategist/kampaku, dies
  • 1613 Thomas Overbury, English writer (b. 1581)
  • 1643 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, dies at 76
  • 1649 John Floyd, English Jesuit preacher (b. 1572)
  • 1654 Cornelis Bicker, merchant/mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 61
  • 1700 André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (b. 1613)
  • 1701 Edmé Boursault, French writer (b. 1638)
  • 1707 George Stepney, English poet and diplomat (b. 1663)
  • 1794 Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1725)
  • 1803 Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1719)
  • 1830 William Huskisson, first rail fatality (b. 1770)
  • 1835 Sarah Knox Taylor, wife of Jefferson Davis (b. 1814)
  • 1842 José Francisco Morazán Quezada, President of The Federal Republic of Central America (b. 1792)
  • 1859 John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament, dies at 72
  • 1859 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (b. 1806)
  • 1864 John Hanning Speke, British explorer (b. 1827)
  • 1883 Joseph AF Plateau, Belgium physicist (Blue Moon), dies
  • 1885 Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's circus elephant (hit by a train)
  • 1893 Thomas Hawksley, English civil engineer (b. 1807)
  • 1914 Jacobus Herculas de la Rey, [Uncle Chose], Boer general, dies at 66
  • 1921 Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Russ baron/general, dies
  • 1927 Herman Gorter, socialist/poet (Mai, Pan), dies at 62

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1938 Thomas Wolfe, American writer (Enigma), dies at 37

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  • 1940 Dick Ket, Dutch painter/cartoonist, dies at 37
  • 1945 André Tardieu, Prime Minister of France (b. 1876)
  • 1972 Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1887)
  • 1973 Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (b. 1882)
  • 1978 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • 1978 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • 1982 Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's former foreign minister, executed in Iran
  • 1983 LeRoy Prinz, choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Bob Tadema Sporry, author, dies at 75
  • 1987 Steven Tuomi, murder victim of Jeffery Dahmer (b. 1963)
  • 1989 Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 1990 G M J Veldkamp, Dutch politician (CDA), dies
  • 1990 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 60
  • 1992 Walter B Jones, (Rep-D-NC, 1966-92), dies at 79
  • 1993 Herman Meyer, Germanist (Deutsche Dichtung), dies at 82
  • 1994 Haywood Frank Henry, sax player, dies at 81
  • 1994 Michael Joyce, Irish stage manager and theatre director, dies at 48
  • 1995 Marguerite Fawdry, museum curator, dies at 83
  • 1995 Michio Watanabe, politician, dies at 72
  • 1995 Sam McCluskie, trade unionist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Brother Eugene Gerard Salois, teacher, dies at 76
  • 1996 George Scheuer, writer/journalist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Hilary Preston, editor, dies at 88
  • 1996 Peter Michael Grayson, British showman, dies at 70
  • 2003 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 77
  • 2016 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), dies at 94