Deaths in History on November 15

Justinian IJustinian I (c. 482-565 AD)

Byzantinian Emperor (527-565), dies at 82. Corpus Juris Civilis, civil law code, written during reign.

  • 655 Penda, King of Mercia, Anglo Saxon King
  • 1028 Constantine VIII Byzantine Emperor (b. 960)
  • 1136 Margrave Leopold III of Austria (b. 1073)
  • 1194 Margaretha van Elzas, wife of count Boudouin V of Henegouwen, dies
  • 1280 Albertus Magnus the Great, German leader/bishop Regensburg, dies at 87
  • 1463 Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini, Prince of Taranto and Constable of Naples
  • 1527 Princess Catherine of York, 9th child and sixth daughter of King Edward IV by his wife Elizabeth Woodville, dies at 48
  • 1544 King Jungjong of Joseon (b. 1506)
  • 1579 Ferenc Dávid, Hungarian religious reformer (b. 1510)
  • 1628 Roque Gonzales, Paraguayan missionary (b. 1576)
  • 1629 Bethlen Gabor, King of Hungary (1620-29), dies at 49

Johannes KeplerJohannes Kepler (1571-1630)

German astronomer (discovered laws of planetary motion), dies at 58

  • 1634 Johann Staden, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1658 Jacobus Revius [Reefsen], theologist/writer/poet, dies at about 72
  • 1670 John Amos Comenius, Czech-speaking Moravian teacher, educator and writer, dies at 78
  • 1691 Albert Cuyp, landscape painter, buried at 71
  • 1706 Tsangyang Gyatso, 6th Dalai Lama (1697-1706), dies at 23
  • 1712 Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun, English politician (b. 1675)
  • 1712 James Douglas, 4th Duke of Hamilton, Scottish nationalist (b. 1658)

John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon (1723-1794)

Scottish-American president of the College of New Jersey who signed the Declaration of Independence, dies at 71

  • 1795 Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo, French painter (b. 1719)
  • 1812 Eagle Fokke Simonsz, writer (Year 3000), dies at about 57
  • 1819 Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (isolation of nitrogen in 1772), dies at 70
  • 1832 Jean Baptiste Say, French economist, dies at 63
  • 1848 Pellegrino Rossi, Italian economist and politician assassinated at 61
  • 1853 Queen Maria II of Portugal, Daughter of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil, dies at 34
  • 1863 Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (1848-63), dies at 55
  • 1889 Ambrose Dudley Mann, American diplomat, dies at 88
  • 1892 Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish-Canadian serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), is executed at 42
  • 1897 John Mercer Langston, 1st African-American to hold US political office, dies at 67
  • 1908 Empress Dowager Cixi [the old Buddha], empress-widow of China, dies at 72
  • 1910 Wilhelm Raabe [Jakob Corvinus], German author (Der Hungerpastor), dies at 79
  • 1916 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905), dies at 70
  • 1916 Luis Muñoz Rivera, Puerto Rican journalist (founded Federalist Party), dies at 57
  • 1917 Oswald Chambers, Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement minister and writer (My Utmost for His Highest), dies at 43
  • 1919 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies at 52
  • 1919 Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
  • 1924 Artur de Sacadura Freire Cabral, Portuguese aviator (1st flight across the south Atlantic), disappears flying over the English Channel at 43
  • 1928 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American Geologist and educator, dies at 85
  • 1931 C. A. J. van Dishoeck, Dutch publisher, dies at 68
  • 1934 Anton Dreesmann, German-Dutch manufacturer (Vroom & Dreesman), dies at 80
  • 1944 Maarten Reuchlin, resistance fighter, executed
  • 1955 Lloyd Bacon, director (Fuller Brush Girl, 42nd Street), dies at 65
  • 1965 John Geoghegan, U.S. Army infantry lieutenant and Silver Star recipient, killed during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam War at 24
  • 1967 Michael J. Adams, USAF pilot (X-15), dies in X-15 crash at 37
  • 1969 Ignacio Aldecoa, Spanish writer (Gran Sol, Caballo the Pica), dies at 44
  • 1971 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead (1901-1978)

American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa, Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

  • 1981 Walter Heitler, German physicist, quantum field theorist, philosopher, and writer (Man and Science), dies at 77
  • 1984 Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks
  • 1985 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • 1986 John E. Grotberg, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1985-86), dies of cancer in office at 61
  • 1993 Luciano Liggio, Italian mafia leader/painter, dies
  • 1993 Mouin Shabaita, Palestinian al-Fatah commandant, murdered
  • 1993 Theo Huizenaar, Dutch boxing trainer (Bep van Klaveren), dies at 93
  • 1994 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (The Witch of Blackbird Pond), dies at 85
  • 1994 James W. Watts, American neurosurgeon, developer of the Frontal Lobotomy, dies at 90
  • 1994 Janet Ahlberg, illustrator, dies at 50
  • 1994 Volodymyr Ivashko, President of Ukraine (1990-91), dies
  • 1995 Billy Hughes, British educationist and Labour Party politician, dies at 81
  • 1995 Eve Perrick, journalist, dies at 78
  • 1996 Alger Hiss, former alleged spy/lawyer, dies at 92
  • 1998 Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
  • 2002 Myra Hindley, English murderess (murdered 5 small children with Ian Brady), dies at 60
  • 2004 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), dies at 84
  • 2004 Elmer L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), dies at 95
  • 2005 Arto Salminen, Finnish writer (b. 1959)
  • 2005 Dr. Adrian Rogers, American Southern Baptist Minister and leader (b. 1931)
  • 2006 David K. Wyatt, American historian (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, 44th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (b. 1914)
  • 2011 Oba Chandler, American convicted murderer, dies at 65
  • 2015 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82
  • 2015 Larry J. Hopkins, American politician (Rep-R-KY, 1979-93), dies at 88
  • 2016 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), dies at 95