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, English Archbishop of Canterbury (1486-1500) (b. c. 1420)
  • 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
  • 1559 Isabella Jagiełło, Queen consort and regent of Hungary, dies of a long illness at 40
  • 1596 Leonhard Rauwolf, German physician and botanist (b. 1535 or 1540)
  • 1598 Hidejoshi [Hijoshi], Japanese general strategist and kampaku, dies
  • 1613 Thomas Overbury, English poet (A Wife) and essayist, dies at 32
  • 1643 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, dies at 76
  • 1649 John Floyd, English Jesuit preacher (b. 1572)
  • 1654 Cornelis Bicker, Dutch 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 patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at 68
  • 1803 Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1719)
  • 1830 William Huskisson, Briton and the first rail fatality (b. 1770)
  • 1835 Sarah Knox Taylor, wife of Jefferson Davis, dies from yellow fever (or malaria) at 21
  • 1842 Francisco Morazán, 2nd President of The Federal Republic of Central America, dies at 50

Isambard Kingdom BrunelIsambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)

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
  • 1874 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, American attorney and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, dies at 64
  • 1883 Joseph Plateau, Belgian physicist (Plateau's Law), dies at 81
  • 1885 Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's circus elephant, dies after being hit by a train
  • 1893 Thomas Hawksley, English civil engineer (water supply), dies at 86
  • 1914 Jacobus Herculas de la Rey, Boer leader in the South African War (1899–1902), dies at 66
  • 1920 Raimundo Madrazo y Garreta, Spanish Realistic painter, dies at 79
  • 1921 Roman von Ungern-Sternberg 'the mad Baron', Baltic-German baron and anti-communist Russian general, executed by the Russian Red Army at 35
  • 1927 Herman Gorter, Dutch socialist and poet (May, Tiny Hero's Poem), dies at 62

Thomas WolfeThomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

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

  • 1940 Dick Ket, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 37
  • 1942 Jack Singer, American war reporter, dies aboard USS Wasp
  • 1945 André Tardieu, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1929-30, 1930, 1932), dies at 68
  • 1972 Geoffrey Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-61), dies at 85
  • 1973 Gustav VI Adolf, King of Sweden (1950-73), dies at 90
  • 1978 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • 1978 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • 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 at 69
  • 1990 Valentin Ignatyevich Filatyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 60
  • 1992 Walter B Jones, American politician (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, Austrian writer and journalist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Peter Michael Grayson, British showman, dies at 70
  • 2003 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Walter Stewart, Canadian writer and journalist, dies at 73
  • 2006 Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist and writer, dies at 77
  • 2013 Frances Bairstow, American labor relations arbitrator, dies at 93
  • 2014 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne, dies at 91
  • 2014 Timothy Mace, British cosmonaut, dies of cancer at 58
  • 2016 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), dies at 94
  • 2018 Jeff Lowe, American mountain climber (co-founder Lowe Alpine), dies of pneumonia at 67
  • 2020 Moussa Traoré, Mali soldier, politician and dictator, President of Mali (1968-91), dies at 83