Died On April 15th

Discover the most famous people who died on April 15. The list includes people like Abraham Lincoln, Pol Pot, Jean-Paul Sartre, Greta Garbo, John Jacob Astor IV. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, political leaders, actors and sailors and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, France & Italy and many more countries.
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Abraham Lincoln
(16th President of the United States (1861-1865))
Abraham Lincoln
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Larue County, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1865

A self-educated lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose from modest background to become one of the greatest presidents of America. The 16th president of the country, who is also known as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, played a crucial role in establishing a truly democratic government, abolished slavery, modernised economy and led the country during the American Civil War.

 2 
Brian Dennehy
12
Birthdate: July 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: 2020

Brian Dennehy was a prolific stage actor with two Tony Awards under his belt. He is credited with exploring playwright Eugene O'Neill’s works and bringing his popular characters to life at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Also an acclaimed television and film actor, Brian Dennehy appeared in more than 180 films and several TV series.

 3 
R. Lee Ermey
(American actor)
R. Lee Ermey
15
Birthdate: March 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas, U.S.
Died: 2018
R. Lee Ermey’s past as a Marine drill instructor later got him typecast in roles of authoritarian figures in movies. He is best remembered for his Golden Globe-nominated role in Full Metal Jacket. He also hosted the History Channel shows Mail Call and Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey.
 4 
Greta Garbo
(One of the Greatest Female Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Greta Garbo
43
Birthdate: September 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 1990

Iconic Swedish-American movie star Greta Garbo is remembered for her melancholic characters. She soared to fame with silent movies such as A Woman of Affairs and talkies such as Mata Hari and Anna Karenina. The three-time Academy Award nominee quit films at 35 and lived a private life.

 5 
John Jacob Astor IV
(Businessman, Investor, and Founder of the ‘Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’)
John Jacob Astor IV
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck Village, Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Died: 1912
Business tycoon, real-estate developer, and writer John Jacob "Jack" Astor IV had also served in the Spanish–American War. He belonged to the famed Astor family of New York. Astor died in the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and was the richest passenger aboard the liner.
 6 
Joey Ramone
(Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones)
Joey Ramone
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, United States
Died: 2001
Joey Ramone revolutionized punk rock with his band the Ramones. He was known for his distinctive hiccups, croons, and snarls, which he incorporated in his songs. He was also part of the activist group Artists United Against Apartheid. He died at 49, after a 7-year struggle with lymphoma.
 7 
Jean-Paul Sartre
(Novelist, Playwright, & Philosopher)
Jean-Paul Sartre
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1980

Jean-Paul Sartre was a French philosopher, writer, literary critic, and political activist. One of the most important personalities in the philosophy of phenomenology and existentialism, Sartre played a crucial role in 20th-century French philosophy. His work continues to influence literary studies, post-colonial theory, sociology, and critical theory. He was honored with the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature.

 8 
Hurrem Sultan
(Queen)
Hurrem Sultan
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1502 AD
Birthplace: Rohatyn, Ukraine
Died: 1558
 9 
Tommy Cooper
(Comedian)
Tommy Cooper
4
Birthdate: March 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caerphilly
Died: 1984
 10 
Thomas Andrews
(Businessperson, Naval Architect)
Thomas Andrews
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: February 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Comber, County Down, Ireland
Died: 1912
 11 
Kenneth Williams
6
Birthdate: February 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: 1988

Kenneth Williams was an English actor. Although he suffered from depression throughout his life, Kenneth Williams continued playing comedy roles for which he was fondly regarded in the British entertainment industry. In 2006, Welsh actor Michael Sheen played Kenneth Williams in the television play Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa, which was inspired by his life and work.

 12 
Byron White
(American Football Player and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1962 - 1993))
Byron White
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Died: 2002

Byron White was an American lawyer and football player. He served as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court from 1962 to 1993. Before beginning his legal career, White was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Football League. He also played a crucial role during World War II, serving as an intelligence officer in the US Navy.

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Matthew Arnold
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 24, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laleham, United Kingdom
Died: 1888

Iconic Victorian poet and literary critic Matthew Arnold is best remembered for his classic essay Culture and Anarchy, which was a social critique of the Victorian era. He also penned poems such as Dover Beach and Sohrab and Rustum. He had also been a school inspector for over 3 decades.

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Pedro Infante
(Actor, Singer, Film actor, Carpenter)
Pedro Infante
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mazatlán
Died: 1957

Once a matinee idol in Mexico, Pedro Infante is remembered for his blockbuster hits such as Nosotros los pobres and Los tres García. He loved flying planes, using the pseudonym Captain Cruz and eventually died in a plane crash. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Bear for his performance in Tizoc.

 15 
Benjamin Guggenheim
(Businesspeople)
Benjamin Guggenheim
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1912
 16 
Raymond Bailey
(Actor)
Raymond Bailey
3
Birthdate: May 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 1980
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 17 
Edward Gorey
(American Writer and Artist, Noted for His Own Illustrated Books and Cover Art)
Edward Gorey
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Birthdate: February 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2000
Edward Gorey is known for his pen-and-ink drawings which reflect his arch humor and gothic sensibility. He has published over 100 independent works and illustrated over 50 works by other authors. An iconic figure in gothic culture, Gorey's famous works include The Unstrung Harp, The Curious Sofa, The Iron Tonic: Or, A Winter Afternoon in Lonely Valley, The Dwindling Party.
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Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
(Queen)
Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
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Birthdate: October 24, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Balmoral Castle, Scotland
Died: 1969
 19 
Mike Bossy
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Winger)
Mike Bossy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 2022
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Wallace Beery
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Birthdate: April 1, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clay County
Died: 1949
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Isidor Straus
(U.S. House Representative from New York (1894-1895))
Isidor Straus
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Otterberg, Germany
Died: 1912
 22 
Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon
5
Birthdate: November 27, 1635
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Niort, France
Died: 1719

Françoise d'Aubigné was a French noblewoman. She was secretly married to King Louis XIV and was one of his closest advisers. She was never considered the queen of France and served as the royal children's governess. She was born in an impoverished family and was previously married to poet Paul Scarron. She married Louis years after Scarron’s death.

 23 
Richard Conte
(Actor)
Richard Conte
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Birthdate: March 24, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Died: 1975
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Manuel Roxas
(Former President of the Philippines)
Manuel Roxas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roxas City, Philippines
Died: 1948

Manuel Roxas was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the Philippines from 1946 to 1948. He also served as the first president of the Third Philippine Republic after the USA relinquished its supremacy over the Philippines. Regarded as an important politician in the history of the Philippines, Roxas is depicted on the 100 Peso banknote. 

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Arthur Lowe
(Actor)
Arthur Lowe
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Birthdate: September 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hayfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: 1982
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Allan Holdsworth
(Musician)
Allan Holdsworth
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: 2017
 27 
Corrie ten Boom
(Holocaust Survivor Best Known for Her Book 'The Hiding Place')
Corrie ten Boom
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: 1983

Born to jeweler and watchmaker Casper ten Boom, Corrie ten Boom followed in her father’s footsteps and became the first female licensed watchmaker in the Netherlands. She and her family hid scores of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Corrie later penned The Hiding Place, based on her experiences.

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Mikhail Lomonosov
(Russian Author and Scientist Who Discovered the ‘Atmosphere of Venus’ and the ‘Law of Conservation of Mass’)
Mikhail Lomonosov
3
Birthdate: November 19, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lomonossowo, Russia
Died: 1765

Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov was born to a fisherman father and left his village later to satiate his hunger for knowledge. Apart from reforming Russian language and literature, he also made the first colored glass mosaic in his country and discovered the atmosphere of Venus. He loved simple life.

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Ida Straus
(Businessperson)
Ida Straus
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worms, Germany Worms, Germany
Died: 1912
 30 
Jonathan Crombie
(Canadian Voice Over Artist and Actor)
Jonathan Crombie
1
Birthdate: October 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 2015
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Filippo Brunelleschi
(One of the Pioneers of Early Renaissance Architecture in Italy)
Filippo Brunelleschi
14
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: 1377 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1446

Filippo Brunelleschi was an Italian architect, sculptor, and designer. Regarded as Renaissance architecture's founding father, Brunelleschi is hailed as the first modern engineer. Among his famous accomplishments is the design of the dome of the Florence Cathedral. He is also credited with inventing hydraulic machinery and designing machinery that was used in churches to re-enact Biblical stories through theatrical performances.

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William McMaster Murdoch
(British Sailor Who Was the First Officer on the ‘RMS Titanic’)
William McMaster Murdoch
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalbeattie, Scotland
Died: 1912

Scottish sailor William McMaster Murdoch was the First Officer on the RMS Titanic. The officer in charge on the bridge when the ship collided with an iceberg, he was one of the more than 1,500 casualties when the ship sank. He died under mysterious circumstances, and it is rumored that he died by suicide shortly after the collision. 

 33 
Pol Pot
(Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1976 to 1979)
Pol Pot
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prek Sbov, Cambodia
Died: 1998

Pol Pot was a Cambodian politician who served as the prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea from 1975 and 1979. Widely considered a totalitarian dictator, Pol Pot was responsible for the Cambodian genocide, which resulted in the death of 1.5 to 2 million people. He was found guilty of crimes against humanity and placed under house arrest until his death.

 34 
Hazel Court
(Actress)
Hazel Court
4
Birthdate: February 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England
Died: 2008
 35 
Clement Freud
(Former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom)
Clement Freud
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 2009

Better known as the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Clement Freud was a broadcaster who made a name as a panelist on the BBC Radio 4 show Just a Minute. He was also a Liberal MP. His reputation was tainted later, after he was accused of molesting several underage girls.

 36 
Jack Herer
(Politician)
Jack Herer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo NY, United States
Died: 2010
 37 
Roy Chiao
(Actor)
Roy Chiao
0
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: 1999
 38 
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
(Engineer)
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Died: 1912
 39 
Edward Smith
(Captain of the RMS Titanic)
Edward Smith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hanley, Staffordshire, England
Died: 1912

Edward Smith was a British naval officer best remembered as the captain of the RMS Titanic, which sank on its maiden voyage. Smith, who went down with the ship, is often praised for his fortitude and stoicism in the face of adversity. Prior to his last journey, Edward Smith served as the commanding officer of many White Star Line vessels. 

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Thomas Byles
(Priest)
Thomas Byles
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: 1912
 41 
Rupert Cambridge, Viscount Trematon
(Queen Victoria's great grand son)
Rupert Cambridge, Viscount Trematon
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 24, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Esher, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1928
 42 
Godwin, Earl of Wessex
(Earl of Wessex)
Godwin, Earl of Wessex
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1001 AD
Birthplace: Sussex, England
Died: 1053
 43 
Archibald Butt
(Military Leader)
Archibald Butt
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: 1912
 44 
Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta
(Princess)
Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
Died: 1974
 45 
Empress Suiko
(Empress of Japan (592 - 628))
Empress Suiko
0
Birthdate: January 3, 0554
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yamato Japan
Died: 0628

Empress Suiko reigned as the 33rd monarch of Japan from 593 to 628. Suiko is often recognized as the first of eight women to assume the role of empress regnant in Japan. Empress Suiko reigned until her death and she is venerated even today at a memorial Shinto shrine in Osaka.

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Willie Davis
(American football player, Businessman)
Willie Davis
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lisbon, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2020
 47 
John Curry
(British Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
John Curry
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: 1994
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 48 
Jack Phillips
(Wireless telegraphist)
Jack Phillips
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farncombe, Surrey, England
Died: 1912
 49 
Jacques Futrelle
(Journalist and mystery writer, best known for writing short detective stories)
Jacques Futrelle
0
Birthdate: April 9, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pike County, Georgia, United States
Died: 1912
 50 
Leslie Charteris
(British-Chinese Author of Adventure Fiction)
Leslie Charteris
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 12, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: 1993

Born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, to a Chinese father and an English mother in Singapore, Leslie Charteris later changed his name and ventured into writing. He is best remembered for his iconic character Simon Templar from the Saint series that was later adapted for both the big and the small screens.