Deaths in History on January 15

  • 69 Galba [Servius Sulpicius Galba], 6th emperor of Rome (68-69), lynched by his successor Otho 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
  • 1597 Juan de Herrera, Spanish Renaissance architect and mathematician (El Escorial, Vallododid Cathedral), dies (b. c. 1530)
  • 1672 John Cosin, English clergyman, dies at 77
  • 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, dies of liver failure at 49
  • 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)
  • 1885 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), dies at 81
  • 1890 Lucia Zarate, Mexican entertainer (lightest known adult human - 2.1 kg at 17), dies at 26
  • 1896 Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • 1902 Alpheus Hyatt, American zoologist and paleontologist, dies at 63
  • 1909 Arnold Janssen missionary (b. 1837)
  • 1909 Ernst von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • 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, British physician, explorer and administrator in Zanzibar (companion to explorer David Livingstone), dies at 89
  • 1932 Georg Kerschensteiner, German educationalist, dies at 77
  • 1934 Patrick O'Malley, US policeman, killed by John Dillinger

Elizabeth ShortElizabeth Short (1924-1947)

American victim in the Black Dahlia case, murdered at 22

  • 1949 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, dies at 63
  • 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 David E. Lilienthal, American attorney and government administrator (Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-46; Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-50), dies at 81
  • 1981 Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 92

Meyer LanskyMeyer Lansky (1902-1983)

Polish-born American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", dies of lung cancer at 80

  • 1987 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69

Seán MacBrideSeán MacBride (1904-1988)

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

  • 1993 Huub Jacobse [Hendrik Hubert Jacobse], Dutch politician (VVD), dies at 68
  • 1996 Minnesota Fats [Rudolf Wanderone Jr], American billiard player and entertainer, dies at 82
  • 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, English American botanist (Balzan Prize), dies at 92
  • 1998 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist. temporary Prime Minister of India (1964, 1966), dies at 99
  • 2000 Arkan [Željko Ražnatović], Serbian paramilitary leader, dies at 47
  • 2000 Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
  • 2001 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), dies at 71
  • 2002 Michael Bilandic, American lawyer, politician (Mayor of Chicago, 1976-79), and jurist (Illinois Supreme Court, 1990-2000), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 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 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • 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)
  • 2008 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, English Game Designer (Zombies Ate My Neighbors), dies of cancer (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
  • 2014 Joachim Nowotny, German writer, dies at 80
  • 2018 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2018 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), dies at 91
  • 2022 Scot Palmer, Australian sports journalist (The Sun, Sunday Press, Seven Network; President Football Writers Association), dies at 84