Deaths in History on March 15

Person of interestJulius Caesar

44 BC Julius Caesar, Roman military and political figure, stabbed to death at 55

Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman Julius Caesar
Roman Military Commander and Political Statesman
Julius Caesar
  • 220 Cao Cao, Emperor of Wei, Chinese Han Dynasty, dies at 65
  • 493 Odiaker (Odoacer), German army leader/King of Italy (476-93), murdered
  • 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, writer, 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 and linguist (b. 1774)
  • 1880 Jan K J 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 Théodore de Banville, French writer, dies at 67
  • 1891 Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • 1898 Henry Bessemer, English metallurgist (b. 1813)
  • 1905 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch liberal/founder (Social Weekly), dies at 60
  • 1905 Amalie Skram, Norwegian author (Paa St Jorgen), dies at 58
  • 1906 Alfred Gilpin Jones, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1900-06), dies at 81
  • 1930 Antonio Beltramelli, writer, dies at 51

Person of interestDavidson Black

1934 Davidson Black, Paleoanthropologist, dies while working alone during the night, in Beijing, China at 49

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black
  • 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 Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • 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 S Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, dies at 69
  • 1977 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • 1977 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)

  • 1983 Jose Luis Sert, Spanish-US architect/urban developer, dies at 80
  • 1983 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1985 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1987 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82

Person of interestDmitri Polyakov

1988 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • 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, lawyer/diplomat, dies at 89
  • 1997 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

1998 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • 1998 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), dies at 91
  • 2003 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • 2004 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • 2004 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), dies at 78
  • 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