Deaths in History on March 15

Julius CaesarJulius Caesar (100-44 BC)

Roman military and political figure, stabbed to death at 55

  • 220 Cao Cao, Emperor of Wei, Chinese Han Dynasty, dies at 65
  • 493 Odoacer [Odiaker] German army leader, King of Italy (476-93), murdered by Theodoric the Great at about 60
  • 752 Zachary, Greek/Italian Pope (741-52), dies [or Mar 22]
  • 963 Romanus II, Byzantine emperor (959-63), dies at 25
  • 1145 Pope Lucius II [Gherardo Caccianemici dal Orso] (1144-1145)
  • 1190 Isabella of Hainault, Queen of France (1180-90), dies following a complicated childbirth at 19
  • 1311 Walter V of Brienne, Duke of Athens at the Battle of Halmyros
  • 1670 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, dies at 72
  • 1701 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 1711 Eusebio Kino, Italian Catholic missionary (b. 1645)
  • 1723 Johann C. Gunther, German poet, dies at 27
  • 1731 Adolf H van Rechteren, Dutch diplomat/politician, dies at 75
  • 1820 Clemens Maria Hofbauer, patron saint of Vienna (b. 1751
  • 1849 Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal, linguist and hyperpolyglot (understood 70 languages), dies at 74
  • 1880 Johan Karel Jakob De Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 51
  • 1881 Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), commits suicide at 41
  • 1883 Henry C. Wayne, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • 1889 Melville Reuben Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1891 Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • 1891 Théodore de Banville, French writer, dies at 67
  • 1896 Isaac Shadd, American-Canadian newspaper publisher (The Provincial Freeman), and politician (Mississippi House of Representatives, 1871-76), dies at 66 or 67
  • 1898 Henry Bessemer, English inventor (Bessemer engine), dies at 85
  • 1905 Amalie Skram, Norwegian author (Paa St Jorgen), dies at 58
  • 1905 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch liberal/founder (Social Weekly), dies at 60
  • 1906 Alfred Gilpin Jones, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1900-06), dies at 81
  • 1930 Antonio Beltramelli, Italian writer, dies at 51

Davidson BlackDavidson Black (1884-1934)

Canadian paleoanthropologist and doctor of anatomy who identified "Peking Man", dies while working alone during the night, in Beijing, China at 49

  • 1936 John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist, dies at 75
  • 1937 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), dies at 46
  • 1941 Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter, dies at 77
  • 1944 Otto von Below, German commandant (WWI), dies at 86
  • 1945 Herman Bernard Wiardi Beckman, Dutch resistance fighter and politician (SDAP), dies at 41
  • 1951 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-born astronomer (b. 1889)
  • 1957 Ernst Nobs, Swiss politician (Mayor of Zurich, 1942-44; Federal Council, 1943-51), dies at 70
  • 1959 Duncan Hines, American restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens), dies at 78
  • 1970 Josef Martin Bauer, writer, dies at 68
  • 1970 Tarjei Vesaas, Nowegian poet and author (Isslottet), dies at 72
  • 1972 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • 1975 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, dies at 69
  • 1977 Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, dies at 47
  • 1983 José Luis Sert, Spanish-American architect and urban developer, dies at 80
  • 1983 Rebecca West [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), dies at 90
  • 1985 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1987 W. Sterling Cole, American politician (Rep-R-NY, Director International Atomic Energy Agency), dies at 82

Dmitri PolyakovDmitri Polyakov (1921-1988)

Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

  • 1989 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • 1990 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)
  • 1993 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
  • 1995 Carlos Menem Jr, son of Argentine President, dies at 26
  • 1996 Helen Chadwick, artist, dies at 42
  • 1996 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, American lawyer and diplomat, dies at 89
  • 1997 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90
  • 1998 (Robert) "Jheri" Redding, American hairdresser, businessman, and National Cosmetology Foundation's Hall of Fame member (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), dies at 91

Benjamin SpockBenjamin Spock (1903-1998)

American pediatrician and writer (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), dies at 94

  • 2000 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), dies at 70
  • 2003 Joseph Coors, American CEO of Coors Brewing Company, dies at 83
  • 2003 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • 2004 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), dies at 78
  • 2004 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • 2005 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • 2006 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)
  • 2007 Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Sarla Thakral, first Indian woman to fly an aircraft (1936), dies at about 94
  • 2013 Booth Gardner, American politician, dies from Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 2014 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), dies at 66
  • 2015 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87
  • 2018 Michael Getler, American journalist and 1st ombudsman appointed by a US broadcasting network (PBS), dies of bile duct cancer at 82
  • 2018 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 2019 Alec Coppen, British pioneering psychiatrist (serotonin theory of depression), dies at 96
  • 2019 W. S. Merwin, American poet (17th United States Poet Laureate), dies at 91
  • 2022 Eugene Parker, American solar astrophysicist (Parker Space Probe named after him), dies at 94