Died On June 15th

Discover the most famous people who died on June 15. The list includes people like James Hunt, James K. Polk, Casey Kasem, Kenneth G. Wilson, Caroline Norton. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, political leaders, composers and artists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Japan & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Ella Fitzgerald
(Jazz Singer Who was Noted for Her Purity of Tone and Impeccable Diction)
Ella Fitzgerald
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States
Died: 1996

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer. Referred to as the Queen of Jazz, First Lady of Song, and Lady Ella, Fitzgerald was renowned for her impeccable diction, purity of tone, timing, and intonation. The winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, Fitzgerald's legacy lives on several years after her death.

 2 
Casey Kasem
(First Actor to Voice Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the 'Scooby-Doo' Franchise )
Casey Kasem
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Birthdate: April 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 2014
Legendary RJ and voice actor Casey Kasem is remembered as the host of several hit radio countdown shows, most notably American Top 40. He had also voiced countless characters in animated children’s programs, such as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He was a vegan and took interest in American politics.
 3 
James K. Polk
(11th President of the United States)
James K. Polk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 2, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pineville, North Carolina, United States
Died: 1849

The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk was an advocate of Jacksonian democracy. He is credited with extending the territory of the US during the Mexican–American War. During his presidency, the US annexed the Mexican Cession, the Oregon Territory, and the Republic of Texas.

 4 
Victor French
8
Birthdate: December 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Died: 1989

Victor French was an American actor remembered for playing important roles in television series, such as Carter Country, Highway to Heaven, and Little House on the Prairie. The son of actor and stuntman Ted French, Victor followed in the footsteps of his father and started his career as a stuntman before establishing himself as a successful actor.

 5 
Hume Cronyn
(Canadian-American Actor and Writer)
Hume Cronyn
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Birthdate: July 18, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: 2003

Born to a politician father and a brewery heiress mother, actor Hume Cronyn, initially showed promise as a boxer. He teamed up with Alfred Hitchcock for films such as Shadow of a Doubt. The film The Seventh Cross, set in Nazi Germany, earned him an Academy Award nomination.

 6 
Glenda Jackson
(English Actress and Politician Known for Her for Role as ‘Gudrun Brangwen’ in the Film ‘Women in Love’)
Glenda Jackson
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England
Died: 2023

Glenda Jackson is best known for her Academy Award-winning roles in the films Women in Love and A Touch of Class. She has also won two Emmys for playing Elizabeth I in the TV series Elizabeth R and a Tony for her role in the play Three Tall Women.

 7 
Marie Laveau
(American Voodoo Priestess and Herbalist)
Marie Laveau
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1881

Occultist and herbalist Marie Laveau was known as the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans. Though a hairdresser, she was chiefly known for her spiritual practices which she used to heal the sick and the poor. She has inspired several books, such as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen.

 8 
Frederick III, German Emperor
(Former German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888))
Frederick III, German Emperor
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Birthdate: October 18, 1831
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: 1888

Frederick III, German Emperor reigned as the king of Prussia and emperor of the German Empire from 9 March 1888 until his death on 15 June 1888. Although he played key roles during the Austro-Prussian, Second Schleswig, and Franco-Prussian wars, Frederick professed hatred for warfare and was willing to make the German Empire more liberal before his untimely death.

 9 
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
(Military Commander of the Minamoto Clan of Japan)
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1159 AD
Birthplace: Kyōto, Japan
Died: 1189
Japanese samurai hero Minamoto no Yoshitsune has been immortalized through art, series, and kabuki theater. He is remembered for his legendary win against monk Benkei and his victory over the Heike army at Dan no Ura. After an ally’s son killed all his vassals, Yoshitsune committed ritual suicide, at 30. 
 10 
John Connally
(Politician)
John Connally
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Floresville, Texas, United States
Died: 1993
 11 
Wes Montgomery
(Musician)
Wes Montgomery
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: 1968
 12 
Franco Zeffirelli
(Film Director, Producer)
Franco Zeffirelli
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Birthdate: February 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 2019

Franco Zeffirelli went from being a budding architect to a director after watching Laurence Olivier’s Henry V. Starting as a costume/set designer, he gradually deviated to making Shakespearean adaptations, earning an Academy Award nomination with Romeo and Juliet. The openly gay filmmaker was later accused of sexual assaulting two actors.

 13 
Kirk Kerkorian
(Former President & CEO of 'Tracinda Corporation')
Kirk Kerkorian
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: 2015
 14 
Stan Winston
(American Television and Film Special Make-up Effects Creator Best Known for His Work in the 'Terminator Series')
Stan Winston
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Birthdate: April 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: 2008
 15 
Sir Arthur Lewis
(Economist)
Sir Arthur Lewis
1
Birthdate: January 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castries, Saint Lucia
Died: 1991
 16 
Mihai Eminescu
(The National Poet of Romania and a Major Figure of Romanticism)
Mihai Eminescu
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani, Romania
Died: 1889

Considered the national poet of Romania, Mihai Eminescu was a major figure of Romanticism in Romanian literature. Starting as an editor for the paper Timpul, he later penned iconic poems such as Luceafărul, or The Evening Star, and stories such as Sărmanul Dionis and Cezara. He, unfortunately, died in a mental asylum.

 17 
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
(German Expressionist Painter and Printmaker Who was One of the Founders of the Artists Group 'Die Brücke')
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
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Birthdate: May 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Died: 1938

One of the pioneers of Expressionism, German painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner co-established the artists’ group Die Brücke, or The Bridge. His iconic works such as Girl under Japanese Umbrella and Street, Berlin displayed psychological and erotic themes. Declared a "degenerate" by the Nazis, he later committed suicide.

 18 
Jay Moriarity
(American Surfer)
Jay Moriarity
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Georgia, United States
Died: 2001
 19 
Jacques Bergerac
(Actor)
Jacques Bergerac
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Birthdate: May 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Biarritz, France
Died: 2014
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 20 
Meredith Willson
(Conductor, Composer, Flautist, Pianist, Songwriter)
Meredith Willson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Iowa
Died: 1984
 21 
Ned Glass
(Actor)
Ned Glass
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Birthdate: April 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Radom, Poland
Died: 1984
 22 
Krystyna Skarbek
(Britain's First and Longest-Serving Female Secret Agent)
Krystyna Skarbek
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trzepnica, Poland
Died: 1952

The first and the longest-serving British female secret agent, Krystyna Skarbek was born in Poland. Her contribution to the Allies during World War II won her honors such as the OBE and the Croix de Guerre. She was 37 when she was stabbed to death in a London hotel.

 23 
Philip III, Duke of Burgundy
(Duke of Burgundy (1419 - 1467))
Philip III, Duke of Burgundy
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Birthdate: July 31, 1396
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: 1467

Philip III reigned as the Duke of Burgundy from 10 September 1419 until his death on 15 June 1467. The Burgundian State, under his rule, reached the peak of its prosperity. Philip III is best remembered for his administrative reforms. He is also remembered for capturing Joan of Arc, who was then ransomed to the English.

 24 
John Vincent Atanasoff
(American Physicist and Inventor Known for Inventing the First Electronic Digital Computer)
John Vincent Atanasoff
1
Birthdate: October 4, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamilton, New York, United States
Died: 1995

Born to an electrical engineer father and a math teacher mother, John V. Atanasoff grew up to invent the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, which was declared the world’s first electronic digital computer after a legal dispute. The physicist was also an active part of the atomic bomb tests conducted at Bikini Atoll.

 25 
Daniel Keyes
(Writer)
Daniel Keyes
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 9, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2014
 26 
Caroline Norton
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 22, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: 1877

Being the granddaughter of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, author Caroline Norton had her first experience at writing in her teens. Her beauty and charm, however, made her failed barrister husband jealous. The rift in their marriage caused her to successfully campaign for married women’s right to property and their children’s custody.

 27 
Happy Chandler
(Politician)
Happy Chandler
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Died: 1991
 28 
Alfred Cortot
(French Pianist and Conductor Known for His Piano Trio with Violinist 'Jacques Thibaud' and Cellist 'Pablo Casals')
Alfred Cortot
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nyon, Switzerland
Died: 1962

French pianist Alfred Cortot is remembered for his renditions of popular Romantic composers, such as Chopin and Schumann. The Paris Conservatory alumnus later established the Paris Orchestre Philharmonique and the École Normale de Musique. He also formed a trio with cellist Pablo Casals and violinist Jacques Thibaud.

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Murad I
(Ottoman prince)
Murad I
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Birthdate: June 29, 1326
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bursa, Turkey
Died: 1389
 30 
Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
(Grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, and a poet)
Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1915
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Carl Wernicke
(German Physician, Anatomist and Neuropathologist)
Carl Wernicke
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 15, 1848
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tarnowskie Gory, Poland
Died: 1905

German neurologist, pathologist, and anatomist Carl Wernicke is best remembered for his extensive work on the various types of aphasia, or disorders that hinder the ability to speak or write. He also distinguished between motor aphasia and sensory aphasia, or what is now known as Wernicke's aphasia.

 32 
Robert I of France
(King)
Robert I of France
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Birthdate: August 15, 0866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Angers
Died: 0923
 33 
Kenneth G. Wilson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2013
 34 
Art Pepper
(Saxophonist)
Art Pepper
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gardena, California, United States
Died: 1982
 35 
Leslie Grantham
(Best Known for His Role of 'Dirty Den Watts' from the BBC Soap Opera 'EastEnders')
Leslie Grantham
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: April 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
Died: 2018

Best known as the villain Dirty Den from the BBC soap EastEnders, Leslie Grantham initially worked as a soldier with the Royal Fusiliers of the British Army. Convicted of the murder of a cab driver in Germany, he spent a decade in prison. He later attempted suicide as aftermath of a sex scandal.

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Teruo Nakamura
(Soldier)
Teruo Nakamura
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Donghe, Taitō Prefecture, Taiwan
Died: 1979
 37 
George Nakashima
(One of the Leading Innovators of 20th Century Furniture Design)
George Nakashima
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: May 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States
Died: 1990

George Nakashima was an American woodworker, furniture maker, and architect. Regarded as the father of the American craft movement, Nakashima was one of the most prominent innovators of furniture design in 20th century America. Nakashima's daughter Mira is currently working towards keeping his legacy alive by working for the family business and producing some of her father's iconic designs.

 38 
Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia
(Military officer)
Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 20, 1828
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1885
 39 
Gypsy Joe
(Puerto Rican Professional Wrestler)
Gypsy Joe
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 2, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Villalba, Puerto Rico
Died: 2016
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 40 
Wendell Meredith Stanley
(Biochemist)
Wendell Meredith Stanley
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 16, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ridgeville
Died: 1971

Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Wendell Meredith Stanley is remembered for his pathbreaking research on viruses. He revealed the molecular structure of viruses by purifying and crystallizing them. He also penned a Pulitzer-nominated book, Chemistry: A Beautiful Thing, and was associated with the Rockefeller Institute and the University of California, Berkeley.

 41 
Vera Figner
(Revolutionary Whose Work to Free All Russian People Led to Her Involvement in the Assassination of 'Alexander II')
Vera Figner
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 7, 1852
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kazan, Russia
Died: 1942

Russian revolutionary Vera Figner was a major figure of the Populist (Narodnik) movement. Initially a medical student, she later left her studies midway to devote herself to politics. She also left her husband for her revolutionary cause and became associated with the Zemlya i Volya party.

 42 
Andronikos III Palaiologos
(King)
Andronikos III Palaiologos
1
Birthdate: March 25, 1297
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: 1341
 43 
Magnus V of Norway
(Kng)
Magnus V of Norway
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Birthdate: 1156 AD
Birthplace: Etne Municipality, Norway
Died: 1184
 44 
Son Sen
(Cambodian Politician who Ordered the Massacre of 100,000 People in 1978)
Son Sen
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tra Vinh, Vietnam
Died: 1997

Son Sen was a Cambodian soldier and Communist politician. An important member of the Communist Party of Kampuchea aka the Khmer Rouge, Sen was accountable for the massacre of over 100,000 people in Cambodia's Eastern Zone in 1978. Son Sen is also remembered for his service as the Minister of National Defense from 15 January 1976 to 7 January 1979.  

 45 
Choi Hong Hi
(Taekwondo athlete, Karateka)
Choi Hong Hi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Hamgyong Province
Died: 2002
 46 
Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton
(Aristocrat)
Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 25, 1540
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shotesham, England
Died: 1614
 47 
Jean de France, duc de Berry
(King)
Jean de France, duc de Berry
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1340
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Château of Vincennes, Vincennes, France
Died: 1416
 48 
Judy Johnson
(Baseball Player)
Judy Johnson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Snow Hill, Maryland, United States
Died: 1989
 49 
Robert Morrison MacIver
(Sociologist)
Robert Morrison MacIver
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Birthdate: April 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stornoway, Scotland
Died: 1970
 50 
Thomas Campbell
(Poet)
Thomas Campbell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 27, 1777
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: 1844

Scottish poet Thomas Campbell is best known for his emotional war poems and songs, such as Ye Mariners of England. He was also one of the men behind the formation of University College London. Though he initially intended to study law, he later ended up writing some of the best patriotic lyrics.