Died On August 15th

Discover the most famous people who died on August 15. The list includes people like Rene Magritte, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Will Rogers, Paul Signac, Jacques Vergès. Famous personalities featured on this list, include composers, actors, artists and soldiers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, Hungary & Sweden and many more countries.
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Will Rogers
(Vaudeville Performer, Humorist)
Will Rogers
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Birthdate: November 4, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oologah, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)
Died: 1935
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Rene Magritte
(Belgian Surrealist Artist, Who Became Well Known for Creating a Number of Witty and Thought-Provoking Images)
Rene Magritte
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lessines, Belgium
Died: 1967
Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte is remembered for his art that displayed alternate perceptions of reality. His creations were influenced by elements of pop art and minimalist art. Some of his most notable works were The Empire of Light and Les Amants. The Magritte Museum is dedicated to his work.
 3 
Gerd Müller
(One of the Greatest Football Goal Scorers of All Time)
Gerd Müller
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nördlingen, Germany
Died: 2021
German footballer Gerd Müller, also known as "Bomber der Nation," had a successful stint with Bayern Munich. His score of 85 goals in a single year was broken by Lionel Messi after 4 decades. He scored the winning goal for West Germany in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
 4 
James Dougherty
(American Police Officer and First Husband of Actress Marilyn Monroe)
James Dougherty
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Texas, United States
Died: 2005
 5 
Viktor Tsoi
(Soviet Singer-Songwriter and Co-Founder of the Rock Band 'Kino')
Viktor Tsoi
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1990

Viktor Tsoi, the lead singer of the legendary Russian rock band Kino, broke the hearts of his fans across the world when he died in a tragic car crash at age 28. A symbol of rebellion, Tsoi transformed rock music from an underground movement to a mainstream phenomenon in Russia.

 6 
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
(Founding Father of Bangladesh)
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tungipara, Bangladesh
Died: 1975
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina, is known as the "Father of the Nation" and “Bangabandhu" in Bangladesh. He was an Awami League leader and led the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. He was the first president of Bangladesh and later also served as the Bangladeshi PM.
 7 
Jerry Wexler
(American Music Producer and Music Journalist)
Jerry Wexler
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2008
 8 
Julian Bond
(Social Activist)
Julian Bond
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: 2015
 9 
Wiley Post
(Native American Aviator Who Completed the First Solo Flight around the World)
Wiley Post
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grand Saline, Texas, United States
Died: 1935

Native American aviator Wiley Post scripted history as the first person to complete a solo flight around the world. Post and actor/humorist Will Rogers were killed when their flight crashed in Alaska in 1935. Post had created many high-altitude records and invented one of the world’s first pressure suits.

 10 
Paul Signac
(French Neo-Impressionist Painter Who Developed the Painting Technique Called 'Pointillism')
Paul Signac
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Birthdate: November 11, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1935

Paul Signac had initially aspired to become an architect but later deviated to painting. A major figure of the post-Impressionist period, he, along with Georges Seurat, pioneered the technique called pointillism. A sailor and an avid traveler, he mirrored the beauty of the European coasts in his works.

 11 
Big Bill Broonzy
(Singer)
Big Bill Broonzy
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lake Dick, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1958
 12 
Joe Seneca
(Actor, Singer)
Joe Seneca
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Birthdate: January 14, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: 1996
 13 
Stephen I of Hungary
(The First King of Hungary (1000 - 1038))
Stephen I of Hungary
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Birthdate: 0975 AD
Birthplace: Esztergom, Hungary
Died: 1038

A legendary figure in Hungarian history, Stephen I was the first king of Hungary. Part of the Árpád dynasty and son of Magyar chief Géza, Stephen was born a Pagan but was later baptized as a Christian. He built many monasteries, encouraged trade, and maintained peace in his kingdom.

 14 
John Cameron Swayze
(Newscaster)
John Cameron Swayze
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Birthdate: April 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: 1995
 15 
Joseph Joachim
(Violinist Known for His Interpretations of Works of Bach, Mozart & Beethoven)
Joseph Joachim
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 28, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kittsee, Austria
Died: 1907

Hungarian violinist and composer Joseph Joachim was trained in Budapest and London before he became the director of the Hochschule für Ausübende Tonkunst in Berlin. He formed the Joachim Quartet and gained fame as a music teacher. He is best known for his versions of works by legends such as Beethoven.

 16 
Hotaru Akane
(Japanese Actress and HIV/Aids Activist)
Hotaru Akane
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: 2016
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 17 
Alexios I Komnenos
(Emperor)
Alexios I Komnenos
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Birthdate: 1048 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: 1118
 18 
Bobby Hutcherson
(Vibraphonist)
Bobby Hutcherson
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2016
 19 
Stanislaus Kostka
(Saint)
Stanislaus Kostka
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 28, 1550
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rostkowo, Poland
Died: 1568
 20 
Grazia Deledda
(Italian Author and Winner of 1926 Nobel Prize for Literature)
Grazia Deledda
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nuoro, Italy
Died: 1936

Grazia Deledda was an Italian writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, becoming the first Italian woman to receive the prize. Interested in writing from a young age, she became a writer despite her family’s objections. Today, her work is highly regarded across the world, and generations of writers continue to be inspired by her.  

 21 
August Schellenberg
(Actor)
August Schellenberg
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Birthdate: July 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: 2013
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 22 
Paul Lukas
(Hungarian Actor Best Known for His Performance in the Film 'Watch on the Rhine')
Paul Lukas
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Birthdate: May 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1971

While actor Paul Lukas initially ruled the Hungarian stage and worked in several productions of Austrian filmmaker and theater director Max Reinhardt, he later moved to the US. He is best remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Kurt Muller in the film Watch on the Rhine.

 23 
Kęstutis
(Ruler)
Kęstutis
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Birthdate: 1297 AD
Birthplace: Senieji Trakai, Lithuania
Died: 1382
 24 
Dr. Atl
(Painter and writer)
Dr. Atl
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Birthdate: October 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
Died: 1964

Mexican painter and writer Gerardo Murillo Cornado, more famous by his pseudonym Dr. Atl, was a pioneer of the Mexican movement for artistic nationalism. During Mexican Revolution, Cornado supported the Constitutionalist faction. He was also interested in study of volcanoes and was considered an expert volcanologist. His notable paintings include those of the volcanoes of Popocatépetl and Ixtacihuatl.

 25 
James J. Kilpatrick
(Journalist)
James J. Kilpatrick
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Birthdate: November 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 2010
 26 
Marin Marais
(Composer)
Marin Marais
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 31, 1656
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1728
 27 
Philippa Of Hainaut
(Queen)
Philippa Of Hainaut
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Birthdate: June 24, 1313
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France
Died: 1369
 28 
Jan Kiepura
(Singer)
Jan Kiepura
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sosnowiec, Poland
Died: 1966
 29 
Artur Schnabel
(Composer and pedagogue known for his intellectual seriousness as a musician)
Artur Schnabel
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lipnik, Poland
Died: 1951
 30 
Ulysses J. Lupien
(Businessman, Government official)
Ulysses J. Lupien
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cochituate, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1965
 31 
Te Atairangikaahu
(Maori queen)
Te Atairangikaahu
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Birthdate: July 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waahi Marae Huntly, New Zealand
Died: 2006
 32 
Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait
(Medical practitioner)
Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kuwait
Died: 2013
 33 
Frederick Duleep Singh
(Younger son of Sir Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire)
Frederick Duleep Singh
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1926
 34 
Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib
(First Lady)
Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tungipara, Bangladesh
Died: 1975
 35 
Johan Gadolin
(Finnish Physicist, Chemist, and Mineralogist Who Achieved Popularity for His Description of Yttrium)
Johan Gadolin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 5, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: 1852

Johan Gadolin was a Finnish physicist, chemist, and mineralogist. He achieved popularity for his description of yttrium, the first rare-earth element. Johan Gadolin is also remembered for his service as a professor at the Royal Academy of Turku, where he became one of the first chemists to give laboratory exercises to students.

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Hans Bernd von Haeften
(German Jurist)
Hans Bernd von Haeften
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1944
 37 
Ernie Sigley
(Gold Logie-Winning Australian TV and Radio Star, Singer, and Comedian)
Ernie Sigley
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Birthdate: September 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Footscray, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2021

The 1975 Gold Logie-winning Australian TV and radio presenter, comedian, and singer Ernie Sigley had 20 more Logie Awards under his belt. Best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Ernie Sigley Show, he also released hit singles such as Love Is A Golden Ring.

 38 
Sławomir Mrożek
(Dramatist)
Sławomir Mrożek
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Borzęcin, Poland
Died: 2013
 39 
Hugo Theorell
(Scientist)
Hugo Theorell
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Linköping, Sweden
Died: 1982

Hugo Theorell was a Swedish scientist best remembered for winning the 1955 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Theorell, who dedicated his career to enzyme research, earned the Nobel Prize for discovering oxidoreductase enzymes. Hugo Theorell's work led to pioneering development on alcohol dehydrogenases.

 40 
Sune Bergström
(Swedish Biochemist Who Shared the 1982 Nobel Prize in Medicine for His Work on Prostaglandins and Related Substances)
Sune Bergström
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 10, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 2004

Sune Bergström was a Swedish biochemist best remembered for winning the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine alongside John R. Vane and Bengt I. Samuelsson for their discoveries concerning prostaglandins. Over the course of his career, Sune Bergström was also honored with Columbia University's Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize and the Cameron Prize for Therapeutics of the University of Edinburgh.

 41 
Ajit Wadekar
(Indian International Cricketer)
Ajit Wadekar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: 2018
 42 
Frederick William Robertson
(British Clergyman and Theologian)
Frederick William Robertson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 3, 1816
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1853

Frederick William Robertson, also known as Robertson of Brighton, was a 19th-century Anglican clergyman. Born to an army captain, he initially wished to serve in the military. His sermons dismissed the theological ideas existing back then and focused on the reform concepts of the 1848 Revolution instead.

 43 
Richard Chelimo
(Kenyan Long-Distance Runner)
Richard Chelimo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: 2001
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 44 
Ray Heatherton
(Actor, Television personality)
Ray Heatherton
0
Birthdate: June 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1997
 45 
Otto Braun
(Journalist)
Otto Braun
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Birthdate: September 28, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ismaning, Germany
Died: 1974
 46 
Chilla Porter
(Australian High Jumper)
Chilla Porter
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died: 2020

Chilla Porter was an Australian track and field athlete and political figure. He is best remembered for his silver medal-winning performance in the high jump event at the 1956 Summer Olympics. He also won silver medals at the 1958 and 1962 Commonwealth Games. After his athletics career, Porter served as general secretary of Liberal Western Australia from 1978 to 1987.

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Honorius
(Roman Emperor from 393 to 423)
Honorius
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Birthdate: September 9, 0384
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: 0423
 48 
Macbeth of Scotland
(Macbeth son of Findlay)
Macbeth of Scotland
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1005 AD
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: 1057
 49 
Olga Orozco
(Argentinian Poet)
Olga Orozco
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toay, Argentina
Died: 1999

A member of Tercera Vanguardia generation and a pivotal figure in Argentine poetry, Olga Bronco started writing poems as a student, successfully publishing her early work in the literary magazine, Canto. Olga published her first collection at the age of 26. Marked by a sense of magic and spirituality, her works are noted for exploring a dimension which lied beyond the everyday physical world.

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Imru Haile Selassie
(Ethiopian Soldier, Diplomat and Former Governor of Gojjam (1932 - 1936))
Imru Haile Selassie
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shire, Ethiopia
Died: 1980

Imru Haile Selassie was an Ethiopian soldier, diplomat, and noble. He is perhaps best remembered for his service as the acting Prime Minister of Ethiopia in 1960 after the murder of Prime Minister Abebe Aregai. Imru Haile Selassie also served as the Governor of Gojjam from 1932 to 1936.