Died On February 15th

Discover the most famous people who died on February 15. The list includes people like Richard Feynman, Nat King Cole, H. H. Asquith, Martha Gellhorn, Mikhail Glinka. Famous personalities featured on this list, include physicists, poets, political leaders and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Spain and many more countries.
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 1 
Raquel Welch
(Actress)
Raquel Welch
24
Birthdate: September 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2023
Raquel Welch is best known for appearing in a trendsetting bikini in One Million Years B.C. She also delivered a Golden Globe-winning performance in The Three Musketeers. A trained ballerina, she later launched her beauty and fitness book and videos, and her own line of wigs, jewelry, and skincare products. 
 2 
Nat King Cole
(Singer and Jazz Pianist Best Known His Soft Baritone Voice)
Nat King Cole
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: 1965
Jazz pianist/singer Nat King Cole, father of singer Natalie Cole, is best remembered for tracks such as Too Young and Mona Lisa. His last album, L-O-V-E, was recorded while he battled lung cancer. With The Nat King Cole Show, he became the first African-American to host his own show.
 3 
Richard Feynman
(One of the Joint Winners of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965)
Richard Feynman
26
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1988

Theoretical physicist Richard Feynman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, along with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, for his research on quantum electrodynamics. He also contributed to the development of the atomic bomb. Feyman made it to Physics World’s list of the 10 greatest physicists of all time.

 4 
Vanity (Singer)
(Lead Singer of The Female Trio 'Vanity 6' Known for Their Hit Song "Nasty Girl")
Vanity (Singer)
29
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Canada
Died: 2016
Canadian entertainer Denise Katherine Matthews, better known by her pseudonym, Vanity, initially gained fame as part of the girl group Vanity 6, which delivered hits such as Nasty Girl. She also released solo albums and starred in films such as Action Jackson. She died of kidney failure at 57.
 5 
McLean Stevenson
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’ in the TV Series ‘M*A*S*H’)
McLean Stevenson
12
Birthdate: November 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Normal, Illinois, United States
Died: 1996

Comedian McLean Stevenson is best remembered for his Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated role of Henry Blake in the series M*A*S*H. He also appeared on Match Game and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and gained fame as Larry Alder in Hello, Larry. He also appeared in Condo and Dirty Dancing.

 6 
Ethel Merman
(Actress and Singer Who was Known as 'the Undisputed First Lady of the Musical Comedy Stage')
Ethel Merman
7
Birthdate: January 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Died: 1984
Tony- and Grammy-winning actor/singer Ethel Merman is remembered for her legendary musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun and Hello, Dolly! Known as the First Lady of the musical comedy stage, she has been part of films such as Anything Goes and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
 7 
Martha Gellhorn
(Novelist & Travel writer)
Martha Gellhorn
17
Birthdate: November 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 1998
 8 
Wally Cox
(Actor)
Wally Cox
8
Birthdate: December 6, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 1973
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 9 
Lee Radziwill
(Socialite, Actress, Interior Decorator)
Lee Radziwill
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: 2019

Lee Radziwill was an American interior decorator and public-relations executive. The younger sister of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Radziwill was a well-known socialite and often featured in lists, such as The Guardian's 50 best-dressed people over 50. Despite an unsuccessful attempt to forge an acting career, Radziwill managed to hog the limelight due to her fashion sense.

 10 
George Gaynes
(Actor and Singer Known for His Roles in the TV Series ‘Police Academy’ and the Comedy Film ‘Tootsie’)
George Gaynes
5
Birthdate: May 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: 2016

Finnish-born American singer, actor, voice artist and Second World War veteran George Gaynes served the Royal Netherlands Navy during the war. He later immigrated to the US and became a US citizen before commencing his career in acting on Broadway. He is most noted for his performances in the Police Academy series and in the satirical romantic comedy film Tootsie.

 11 
Little Walter
(Guitarist, Street artist, Singer, Songwriter)
Little Walter
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marksville
Died: 1968
 12 
P. J. O'Rourke
(Political Satirist & Author)
P. J. O'Rourke
3
Birthdate: November 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, U.S
Died: 2022
 13 
Tommy Rettig
(Child Actor)
Tommy Rettig
5
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States
Died: 1996
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 14 
Kevin Smith
(Actor who played the role of Ares, God of War on a multitude of series)
Kevin Smith
0
Birthdate: March 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: 2002

Kevin Smith was a New Zealand musician and actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the god of war, Ares, in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He reprised his role as Ares in the series' spin-offs, Young Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess. Smith suffered a fatal fall in 2002. His life and career inspired a documentary titled Remembering Kev.

 15 
Vincent Jackson
(American football player)
Vincent Jackson
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: 2021
 16 
Mary Grace Canfield
(Actress)
Mary Grace Canfield
0
Birthdate: September 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: 2014
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 17 
Mikhail Glinka
(Russian Composer Who is Regarded as the Fountainhead of Russian Classical Music)
Mikhail Glinka
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 1, 1804
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yelninsky District, Smolensk Oblast, Russia
Died: 1857

Mikhail Glinka was a Russian composer who is considered the fountainhead of classical music in Russia. Glinka was the first Russian musician to achieve widespread acclaim within his own country. His compositions went on to influence subsequent generations of Russian composers, such as the members of The Five.

 18 
Mirza Ghalib
(Indian Urdu and Persian Poet)
Mirza Ghalib
23
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 27, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Agra, India
Died: 1869

Mirza Ghalib was an Indian poet whose works give a detailed description of the beginning of British rule and the subsequent events in India. A respected poet, who wrote in Urdu and Persian languages, Ghalib remains popular among the Hindustani diaspora across the world. Several films and TV shows have been made in his honor.

 19 
Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor
1
Birthdate: July 9, 1578
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: 1637

Ferdinand II was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1619 to1637. He was a member of the House of Habsburg and the son of Archduke Charles II of Inner Austria and Maria of Bavaria. A zealous Catholic, he wanted to restore the Catholic Church as the only religion in the empire, a move that earned him the ire of Protestant groups. 

 20 
Mike Bloomfield
(singer, musician, guitarist, pianist)
Mike Bloomfield
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 1981
 21 
Lewis Wallace
(Lawyer)
Lewis Wallace
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 10, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brookville, Indiana, United States
Died: 1905
 22 
Menen Asfaw
(Empress consort of Ethiopia (1930 - 1962))
Menen Asfaw
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wollo, Ethiopian Empire
Died: 1962

Menen Asfaw ruled as an empress consort of Ethiopia, as the wife of Emperor Haile Selassie. Born into the noble family of Asfaw, Jantirar of Ambassel, she apparently had 3 marriages before she got married to Haile Selassie. She proved to be a trusted advisor to Selassie till her death.

 23 
Tim Holt
(Actor)
Tim Holt
2
Birthdate: February 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States
Died: 1973
 24 
Daniel McDonald
(Actor)
Daniel McDonald
1
Birthdate: July 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2007
 25 
Howard K. Smith
(Journalist)
Howard K. Smith
2
Birthdate: May 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2002
 26 
Lina Romay
(Was a Spanish Actress Who often appeared in films directed by her long-time companion (and later husband) Jesús Franco)
Lina Romay
0
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: 2012
 27 
Steve Montador
(Canadian Professional Ice Hockey Defenceman)
Steve Montador
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: 2015
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 28 
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
(German Writer, Dramatist, Art Critic and a Spokesperson of the Enlightenment Era)
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 22, 1729
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kamenz, Germany
Died: 1781

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a noted German dramatist, critic, and author, remembered especially for his contribution towards liberating German theatre from the influence of its classical and French counterpart. Known for such literary masterpieces like Miss Sara Sampson; Emilia Galotti; Minna von Barnhelm; Nathan the Wise; Laocoön; Hamburg Dramaturgy, he is now considered an outstanding representative of the Enlightenment era.

 29 
Tony Fernández
(Baseball player)
Tony Fernández
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic
Died: 2020
 30 
Henry Brandon
(Actor)
Henry Brandon
0
Birthdate: June 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1990
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 31 
Gene Littler
(American Professional Golfer and a Member of the World Golf Hall of Fame)
Gene Littler
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: 2019

Nicknamed Gene the Machine for his smooth rhythmical swings, professional golfer Gene Littler began his career as an amateur, winning several trophies including 1953 US Amateur before turning pro. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, he had 54 wins in his professional career, including 29 on the PGA Tour and 8 on the PGA Tour Champions.

 32 
William Ellery
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States)
William Ellery
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 2, 1727
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newport
Died: 1820
 33 
William Schuman
(Composer)
William Schuman
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1992
 34 
Catherine Dolgorukov
(Russian Aristocrat and the Daughter of Prince Michael Dolgorukov)
Catherine Dolgorukov
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 2, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Volhynian Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: 1922
 35 
Otto von Kotzebue
(Russian Explorer and Naval Officer Known for His Explorations in Oceania)
Otto von Kotzebue
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 30, 1787
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: 1846

Russian explorer and naval officer Otto von Kotzebue is remembered for his pioneering explorations in Oceania and his 3 circumnavigations of the Earth. The second son of German dramatist and diplomat August von Kotzebue, he also penned his travel accounts, which were later translated into English.

 36 
Owen Willans Richardson
(British Physicist Who Won the 1928 Nobel Prize in Physics for His Work on Thermionic Emission)
Owen Willans Richardson
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 26, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England
Died: 1959

Owen Willans Richardson was a British physicist known for his work on thermionic emission. He earned a DSc from the University of London and became a professor at Princeton University. He later became the Wheatstone Professor of Physics at King's College London. In 1928, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. He was knighted in 1939. 

 37 
Stuart McLean
(Canadian host of the popular radio show The Vinyl Cafe)
Stuart McLean
1
Birthdate: April 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal West, Canada
Died: 2017
 38 
Maria Corda
(Actress)
Maria Corda
1
Birthdate: May 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Deva, Romania
Died: 1976

Silent-film actor Maria Corda began her career with the films of director Alexander Korda, whom she married later. After fleeing a political-conflict-ridden Hungary, she and her husband collaborated on numerous hits in Austria, such as Samson und Delila. In her final years in the US, she penned several novels.

 39 
Minnie Maddern Fiske
(Actress)
Minnie Maddern Fiske
0
Birthdate: December 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1932
 40 
Andrea Heinemann Simon
(Activist)
Andrea Heinemann Simon
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1994
 41 
Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
(Jurist)
Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1761
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Deventer, Netherlands
Died: 1825
 42 
Conrad III of Germany
(King)
Conrad III of Germany
0
Birthdate: 1093 AD
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany
Died: 1152
 43 
Anna Marly
(Singer)
Anna Marly
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: 2006
 44 
Burt Kennedy
(Screenwriter)
Burt Kennedy
0
Birthdate: September 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Died: 2001
 45 
Michael Praetorius
(Composer)
Michael Praetorius
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 15, 1571
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Creuzburg, Germany
Died: 1621
 46 
Henrika Šantel
(Painter)
Henrika Šantel
0
Birthdate: August 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gorizia, Italy
Died: 1940
 47 
Thomas Bray
(British Clergyman and Abolitionist Who Helped Formally Establish the Church of England)
Thomas Bray
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1656 AD
Birthplace: Marton, Shropshire, England
Died: 1730

Thomas Bray was an English abolitionist and clergyman who helped found the Church of England in Maryland. He is also remembered for his role in the establishment of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (USPG) and the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SPCK).

 48 
John J. Yeosock
(Military personnel)
John J. Yeosock
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2012
 49 
Karl Richter
(Conductor)
Karl Richter
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plauen, Germany
Died: 1981

Karl Richter was a German conductor, pianist, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist. Interested in music from a young age, he received his training under prominent musicians like Günther Ramin and Karl Straube. He played and conducted a wide range of soul-searching and intense music. He also founded the Münchener Bach-Chor and the Münchener Bach-Orchester in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

 50 
Antonio Moreno
(Actor)
Antonio Moreno
0
Birthdate: September 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: 1967
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)