On This Day

Deaths in History on February 15

  • 1043 Gisela of Swabia, Holy Roman Empire Empress as wife of Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II, 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(?)
  • 1634 Wilhelm Fabry, German surgeon (Father of German surgery), dies at 73
  • 1637 Ferdinand II, King of Bohemia & Hungary and German Emperor (1619-37), dies at 58
  • 1660 Klaas Geritsz Compaen, Dutch buccaneer/merchant, dies at 72
  • 1713 Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, writer, dies
  • 1738 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
  • 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, French member of Committee of Salut Public, dies at 63
  • 1820 William Ellery, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 92
  • 1835 Henry Hunt, British politician, dies
  • 1839 Chevalier de Lorimier, Quebec notary (b. 1803)
  • 1841 Sibrandus Stratingh, Dutch phyisican and chemist (electrical car), dies at 53
  • 1843 Theodoros Kolokotronis, Greek general and leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821-29), dies at 72

Person of interestHenry Addington

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 (geometry), dies at 52
  • 1848 Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • 1849 Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), dies at 44
  • 1864 William Dyce, painter, dies
  • 1865 Nicholas Wiseman, 1st Archbishop of Westminster (1850-65), dies at 62
  • 1869 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (b. 1796)
  • 1881 Claudius W. Sears, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • 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 (NACW), dies at 69

Person of interestH. H. Asquith

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
  • 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 Willans Richardson, British 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, dies at 56
  • 1967 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador in USSR, dies at 76
  • 1967 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), dies at 97
  • 1970 Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, dies at 87
  • 1972 Edgar Snow, American author and journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
  • 1972 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • 1979 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • 1984 Leamon Hunt, American 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. Jones, American sci-fi writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • 1988 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist known for his work on quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics (1965 Nobel), dies of liposarcoma 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 and rebel (barricade uprising), 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 Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose, British Conservative Lower house leader (1941-45), dies at 85
  • 1995 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist (one of the first female war correspondents), dies at 89
  • 1996 Bruno Ferenc Straub, Hungarian biochemist and statesman, dies at 82
  • 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 1990-pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics), dies at 72
  • 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)