Deaths in History on January 15

  • 69 Servius Sulpicius Galba, 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), lynched at 70
  • 570 Saint Ita, Irish nun (b. 475)
  • 936 King Rudolph of France (923-936), dies at 45 or 46
  • 1208 Peter of Castelnau, French nobleman, murdered
  • 1345 Martin Zaccaria, Italo-Greek ruler
  • 1595 Murat III, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1546)
  • 1672 John Cosin, English clergyman (b. 1594)
  • 1683 Philip Warwick, English writer and politician (b. 1609)
  • 1684 Caspar Netscher, Dutch portrait painter, dies at about 48
  • 1705 Walraad, the Young, earl of Nassau-Ottweiler/gov of Nijmegen, dies
  • 1781 Marianne Victoria of Borbón, queen regent of Portugal (b. 1718)
  • 1783 William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general (American Revolutionary War leader), dies at 57
  • 1790 John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)
  • 1804 Dru Drury, English entomologist (b. 1725)
  • 1815 Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761
  • 1833 Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician (Waxhaws Massacre), dies at 78

  • 1863 David Rumph Jones, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 37
  • 1866 M T d'Azeglio, writer, dies
  • 1876 Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
  • 1896 Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • 1902 Alpheus Hyatt, American zoologist and paleontologist, dies at 63
  • 1909 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • 1909 Arnold Janssen missionary (b. 1837)
  • 1915 Fannie Farmer, American culinary pioneer who revolutionised modern cooking through the introduction of precise measurements (Boston Cooking-School Cook Book), dies of complications of a stroke at 57
  • 1916 Modest Tchaikovsky, Russian writer (b. 1850)
  • 1919 Karl Liebknecht, German Marxist revolutionary (Sparta Party), murdered at 47
  • 1919 Rosa Luxemburg, Polish-German Marxist revolutionary and founder of the Spartacus League, murdered by the Freikorps at 47
  • 1922 John Kirk Barry, Dr/explorer David Livingstone's companion, dies at 89
  • 1932 Georg Kerschensteiner, German educationalist, dies at 77
  • 1934 Hermann Bahr, Austrian writer (Concert), dies at 70
  • 1934 Patrick O'Malley, US policeman, killed by John Dillinger

Person of interestElizabeth Short

1947 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, murdered at 22

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • 1949 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, dies at 63
  • 1950 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
  • 1950 Henry "Hap" Arnold, American commanding general, US Army Air Force (WWII), dies at 63
  • 1952 Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland (b. 1887)
  • 1955 Yves Tanguy, French-American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • 1965 Pierre Ngendandumwe, premier of Burundi, murdered
  • 1967 David Burliuk, Ukrainian artist (b. 1882)
  • 1968 Leopold Infeld, Polish nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • 1969 Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82

  • 1972 Margaret "Daisy" Ashford, British child author who wrote "The Young Visiters" (Mister Salteena's Plan) aged 9, dies at 90
  • 1973 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • 1978 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • 1981 Emanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92

Person of interestMeyer Lansky

1983 Meyer Lansky, reputed mobster, dies in Miami Beach Fla at 80

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky
  • 1987 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69

Person of interestSeán MacBride

1988 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), dies at 83

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • 1993 Huub Jacobse [Hendrik Hubert Jacobse], Dutch politician (VVD), dies at 68
  • 1993 Ken Cory, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1996 Moshoeshoe II, King of Lesotho (1966-90), dies at 51
  • 1996 Richard Cobb, British historian, dies at 78
  • 1997 Jose Ignacio Domecq, Spanish wine maker, dies at 82
  • 1997 Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
  • 1998 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist. temporary Prime Minster of India (1964, 1966), dies at 99
  • 2000 Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
  • 2000 Željko Ražnatović, aka Arkan, Serbian paramilitary leader (b. 1952)
  • 2001 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), dies at 71
  • 2005 Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Walter Ernsting, German author (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, dies at 79
  • 2007 Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • 2007 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), dies at 91
  • 2007 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • 2007 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • 2008 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • 2010 Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Jewish-American biochemist and geneticist (Nobel 1968), dies at 82
  • 2012 Edward Derwinski, Chicago congressman 1959-83 and first Secretary of Veteran Affairs, dies of cancer at 85
  • 2013 Jennings Michael Burch, American writer (They Cage the Animals at Night), dies at 71
  • 2018 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), dies at 91
  • 2018 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), dies of cancer at 79