Deaths in History on September 15

  • 9 Publius Quinctilius Varus, Roman viceroy of Syria, suicide at 59
  • 668 Constans II, Byzantine emperor (641-668), dies at 37
  • 866 Robert the Strong, Margrave of Neustria
  • 921 Ludmilla, wife of 1st christian Bohemian king Borijov I/saint, dies
  • 928 Louis III, the Blind Proveneaals king of Lombardije/Germany, dies at 48
  • 1231 Louis I, Duke of Wittelsbach, dies
  • 1352 Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and religious leader (b. 1273)
  • 1500 John Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1525 Jan de Bakker [Johannes Pistorius], Roman Catholic priest who was the first preacher in Northern Netherlands to be put to death as a direct result of his Protestant beliefs, burned at the stake at 26
  • 1596 Leonhard Rauwolf, German physician and botanist (b. 1535 or 1540)
  • 1598 Hidejoshi, [Hijoshi], Japanese general strategist/kampaku, dies
  • 1613 Thomas Overbury, English writer (b. 1581)
  • 1643 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, dies at 76
  • 1649 John Floyd, English Jesuit preacher (b. 1572)
  • 1654 Cornelis Bicker, merchant/mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 61
  • 1700 André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (b. 1613)
  • 1701 Edmé Boursault, French writer (b. 1638)
  • 1707 George Stepney, English poet and diplomat (b. 1663)
  • 1794 Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1725)
  • 1803 Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1719)
  • 1830 William Huskisson, first rail fatality (b. 1770)
  • 1835 Sarah Knox Taylor, wife of Jefferson Davis (b. 1814)
  • 1842 José Francisco Morazán Quezada, President of The Federal Republic of Central America (b. 1792)
  • 1859 John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament, dies at 72

Person of interestIsambard Kingdom Brunel

1859 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (SS Great Britain, Great Western Railway), dies of a stroke at 53

  • 1864 John Hanning Speke, British explorer, the first European to reach Lake Victoria in east Africa, dies at 37
  • 1883 Joseph AF Plateau, Belgium physicist (Blue Moon), dies
  • 1885 Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's circus elephant (hit by a train)
  • 1893 Thomas Hawksley, English civil engineer (b. 1807)
  • 1914 Jacobus Herculas de la Rey, [Uncle Chose], Boer general, dies at 66
  • 1921 Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Russ baron/general, dies
  • 1927 Herman Gorter, socialist/poet (Mai, Pan), dies at 62

Person of interestThomas Wolfe

1938 Thomas Wolfe, American novelist (Look Homeward Angel), dies of tuberculosis.at 37

Novelist Thomas Wolfe
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Thomas Wolfe
  • 1940 Dick Ket, Dutch painter/cartoonist, dies at 37
  • 1942 Jack Singer, American war reporter (Wasp), dies
  • 1945 André Tardieu, Prime Minister of France (b. 1876)
  • 1972 Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1887)
  • 1973 Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (b. 1882)
  • 1978 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • 1978 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • 1982 Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's former foreign minister, executed in Iran
  • 1983 LeRoy Prinz, choreographer, dies at 88
  • 1987 Bob Tadema Sporry, author, dies at 75
  • 1987 Steven Tuomi, murder victim of Jeffery Dahmer (b. 1963)
  • 1989 Robert Penn Warren, American poet and novelist (All the King's Men, Pulitzer 1946), dies at 84
  • 1990 G. M. J. Veldkamp, Dutch politician (CDA), dies
  • 1990 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 60
  • 1992 Walter B Jones, (Rep-D-NC, 1966-92), dies at 79
  • 1993 Herman Meyer, Germanist (Deutsche Dichtung), dies at 82
  • 1994 Michael Joyce, Irish stage manager and theatre director, dies at 48
  • 1995 Marguerite Fawdry, museum curator, dies at 83
  • 1995 Michio Watanabe, politician, dies at 72
  • 1995 Sam McCluskie, trade unionist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Brother Eugene Gerard Salois, teacher, dies at 76
  • 1996 George Scheuer, writer/journalist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Hilary Preston, editor, dies at 88
  • 1996 Peter Michael Grayson, British showman, dies at 70
  • 2003 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 77
  • 2016 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), dies at 94