Famous Deaths on July 15

  • 668 Constantius II, emperor of Byzantium, dies at 37
  • 1085 Robert Guiscard, Duke of Apulia & Calabria, dies at 70
  • 1262 Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (b. 1222)
  • 1274 John F Bonaventura, Ital/French theologist/dominican/saint, dies
  • 1291 Rudolf I, King of Germany & Holy Roman Empire, dies
  • 1381 John Ball, English priest/ideologist of Boer uprising, hanged
  • 1406 Duke William of Austria (b. c.1370)
  • 1410 Ulrich von Jungingen, German Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, killed at the Battle of Grunwald (b. 1360)
  • 1411 Johannes Parvus, [Jean Petit], French theologist, dies
  • 1416 John, Duke of Berry, captain of Paris, dies
  • 1417 Willem J Eggert, financier (W E Center, Purmerend), dies

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1521 Juan Ponce de León, Spanish explorer and conquistador who searched for the fountain of youth and the first European to discover Florida, dies at 61

Explorer and  Conquistador Juan Ponce de León
Explorer and Conquistador
Juan Ponce de León
  • 1571 Shimazu Takahisa, Japanese samurai and warlord (b. 1514)
  • 1609 Annibale Carracci, Italian painter, dies at 48
  • 1614 Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, French historian and biographer (b. c.1540)
  • 1655 Girolamo Rainaldi, Italian architect (b. 1570)
  • 1685 James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, illegitimate son of Charles 2, executed
  • 1738 Alexander Voznitsyn, Rus Naval officer converted to Judaism, executed
  • 1738 Antonio Maria Pacchioni, composer, dies at 84
  • 1738 Baruch Leibov, converted Russian Naval officer to Judaism, executed
  • 1750 Vasily Tatishchev, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
  • 1751 John Wilson, botanist, dies
  • 1765 Charles-André van Loo, French painter (b. 1705)
  • 1767 Michael Bruce, Scottish poet (b. 1746)
  • 1782 Farinelli, Italian singer, dies at 77
  • 1782 Robert Wainwright, English composer and church organist, dies at 33
  • 1784 Johan B Straub, South German sculptor, dies
  • 1789 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, dies at 74
  • 1798 Gaetano Pugnani, composer, dies at 66
  • 1810 Jean-Baptiste Rey, composer, dies at 75
  • 1828 Jean Antoine Houdon, French sculptor (b. 1741)
  • 1839 Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English politician and poet, dies at 36
  • 1844 Claude Charles Fauriel, French historian (b. 1772)
  • 1854 Wincenty Studzinski, composer, dies at 39
  • 1856 Margaretha J de Neufville, author (The Kidnap), dies at 81
  • 1857 Carl Czerny, Austrian pianist/composer, dies at 66
  • 1862 David Emanuel Twiggs, US Confederate gen-mjr (Monterrey), dies at 72
  • 1865 Reinier C Bakhuizen van de Brink, Dutch historian, dies at 55
  • 1868 William Thomas Morton, dentist (1st to use ether), dies
  • 1869 A J Haynes, US army captain and civil war veteren, assassinated by KKK
  • 1876 Aleksander Fredro, Polish comedy writer (Zemstra), dies at 82
  • 1883 Tom Thumb, famous small person (40"), dies of a stroke at 44
  • 1885 Rosalia de Castro, Spanish writer and poet in the Galician language ('Séculos Escuros') (b. 1837)
  • 1898 Jean Baptiste Salpointe, second Archbishop of Santa Fe (d. 1825)

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1904 Anton Chekhov, Russian writer (Uncle Vanya), dies at 44

Author and Playwright Anton Chekhov
Author and Playwright
Anton Chekhov
  • 1906 William Painter, American inventor (crown cork bottle cap and opener), dies at 67
  • 1910 Daniel Kinet, auto racer/1st Belgian flyer, dies
  • 1912 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympics), dies at 21
  • 1915 Ludwik Grossman, composer, dies at 80
  • 1916 Ilya Mechnikov, Russian zoologist and bacteriologist known as the "father of natural immunity" (Nobel 1908), dies of heart failure at 71

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1919 Hermann Emil Fischer, German chemist, dicovered Fischer esterification (Nobel Prize 1902), commits suicide at 66

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Hermann Emil Fischer
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Hermann Emil Fischer

  • 1929 Hugo Von Hofmannsthal, playwright/poet, dies
  • 1930 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian/US violinist, dies
  • 1931 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian economist (b. 1868)
  • 1933 Irving Babbitt, American writer (Democracy & Leadership), dies at 67
  • 1933 Freddie Keppard, American musician (b. 1890)
  • 1934 Jules Renkin, Belgian PM (1931-32), dies
  • 1935 Alfred Archer, cricketer (England batsman in one Test 1899), dies
  • 1935 Pieter WA Cort van de Linden, Dutch premier (1913-18), dies at 89
  • 1937 Walter Gay, artist, dies
  • 1939 Johon Mellanby, physiologist, dies
  • 1939 Percy Scott Worthington, architect, dies
  • 1940 Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • 1940 Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
  • 1942 Denis Moloney, cricketer (during WW II 3 Tests for NZ 1937), dies
  • 1946 Razor Smith, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • 1947 Henry Kolker, German-American actor and director (Holiday, Baby Face, Mad Love), dies at 72
  • 1947 Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)

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1948 John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, dies of coronary artery disease at 87

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • 1953 Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios (b.1882)
  • 1957 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 1957 Marie C of Zeggelen, author (Dessajongen), dies at 87
  • 1957 James M. Cox, American politician (b. 1870)
  • 1957 Vasily Maklakov, Russian orator and liberal politician (b. 1869)
  • 1958 Julia Lennon, mother of Beatle John, dies in an auto accident
  • 1958 Nuries-Said, Iraqi soldier/statesman, assassinated, dies
  • 1959 Ernest Bloch, Swiss/US composer (Macbeth), dies at 78
  • 1959 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • 1959 Vance Palmer, Australian author, dies at 73
  • 1960 Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, baritone, dies after surgery at 63
  • 1960 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (b. 1897)
  • 1961 John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Francis Cherry, American politician (b. 1908)
  • 1968 Lura Anson, dies in Woodland at 76
  • 1969 Peter Van Eyck, dies after long illness at 56
  • 1971 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), dies of cancer at 71
  • 1974 Christine Chubbuck, television news reporter (b.1944)
  • 1975 Charles Weidman, US dancer/choreographer (Fables for Our Time), dies
  • 1976 Paul William Gallico, writer, dies at 78
  • 1977 Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies
  • 1979 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • 1980 Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • 1980 Henri Martelli, composer, dies at 85
  • 1982 Donald Beard, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1952-56), dies
  • 1982 Wendy Caulfield, 1st Green River victim, found near Seattle
  • 1982 Bill Justis, American musician and producer (Raunchy), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983 Eddie Foy Jr [Edwin Fitzgerald Jr], American actor (The Pajama Game, Fair Exchange), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1986 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), dies at 87
  • 1986 Florence Halop, actress (Florence-Night Court), dies at 63
  • 1986 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (b. 1923)
  • 1987 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 66
  • 1987 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer/composer (Our Don Bradman), dies
  • 1988 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats), dies at 82
  • 1989 Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • 1990 Alison Leggatt, actress (Day of Triffids, Cows), dies at 86
  • 1990 Margaret Mary Lockwood, actress (Man in Grey, Wicked Lady), dies at 73
  • 1990 Troy Dixon, rapper (Trouble T-Roy of Heavy D), dies at 22 of a fall
  • 1991 Bert Convy, American actor and game show host (Tattletales), dies at 57
  • 1992 Henk van der Molen, guitarist/composer/writer (Martine Bijl), dies
  • 1992 Chingiz Mustafayev, Azerbaijan's most noted journalist (b. 1960)
  • 1992 Hammer DeRoburt, first President of Nauru (b. 1922)
  • 1993 David Brian, US actor (Damned Don't Cry, Fort Worth), dies at 78
  • 1993 Bobby Kent, alleged Florida bully murdered by his friends (b. 1973)
  • 1994 Jeanne Bieruma Oosting, Dutch painter/illustrator, dies
  • 1995 Eddie J Bush, golf professional, dies at 83
  • 1995 Willie George "Bill" Woodruff Sr, vocalist, dies at 66
  • 1996 Dana Hill, actress (Vacation), dies at 32
  • 1997 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70

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1997 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), shot and murdered by Andrew Cunanan at 50

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • 2000 Louis Quilico, Canadian baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2000 Paul Young, English singer (Mike + The Mechanics), dies of a cardiac arrest at 53
  • 2003 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (b. 1953)
  • 2003 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Kelly Johnson, English guitarist, dies at 49
  • 2008 Gyorgy Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist, Olympics medalist. (b. 1972)
  • 2010 James E. Akins, American diplomat and advisor to Richard Nixon (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Googie Withers, British actress (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), dies at 95
  • 2013 Earl Gros, American NFL player, dies at 72
  • 2015 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, dies at 98
  • 2015 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • 2017 Martin Landau, American actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood), dies at 89