Died On October 15th

Discover the most famous people who died on October 15. The list includes people like Sai Baba of Shirdi, Mata Hari, Cole Porter, Andreas Vesalius, Norodom Sihanouk. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, lawyers, journalists and military leaders and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, France & India and many more countries.
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Paul Allen
(Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist)
Paul Allen
31
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: 2018

Paul Allen was an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular multinational technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. Along with his philanthropic activities and ownership of several other companies and sporting clubs, Paul Allen had a major impact on sports, wildlife, education, arts, healthcare, community services, environmental conservation, and more.

 2 
Suzanne Somers
(Actress)
Suzanne Somers
10
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Bruno, California, United States
Died: 2023
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 3 
Cole Porter
(Composer, Songwriter)
Cole Porter
31
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peru, Indiana, United States
Died: 1964
Singer-songwriter Cole Porter is best known for his work in the Tony-winning musical, Kiss Me, Kate and for his hit tracks Night and Day, Got You Under My Skin, and You're the Top. He also composed for movies. His marriage to Linda Lee Thomas was a cover for his homosexuality.
 4 
Stepan Bandera
(Ukrainian Politician and Far-Right Leader)
Stepan Bandera
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staryi Uhryniv, Ukraine
Died: 1959
 5 
Thomas Sankara
(1st President of Burkina Faso (1983 - 1987))
Thomas Sankara
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yako, Burkina Faso
Died: 1987
Thomas Sankara, or “Africa's Che Guevara,” was a Burkinabé military leader and revolutionary who became the President of the Republic of Upper Volta after a coup in 1983, changing its name to Burkina Faso. He launched educational, ecological, and economic reforms and declared female genital mutilation and forced marriages illegal.
 6 
Norodom Sihanouk
(Former Ruler of Cambodia)
Norodom Sihanouk
8
Birthdate: October 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Died: 2012
Apart from taking over as the king of Cambodia at 18, Norodom Sihanouk had also been the country’s prime minister later. A multidimensional personality and a Khmer Rouge supporter, he had also composed a number of patriotic tracks and experimented with filmmaking, infusing Western elements into his work.
 7 
Andreas Vesalius
(Founding Father of the Modern Human Anatomy)
Andreas Vesalius
6
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 31, 1514
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1564

Renaissance physician Andreas Vesalius is credited with illustrating the first anatomy textbook. Born into a family of physicians, he studied at the University of Paris medical school and often dissected corpses retrieved from cemeteries. He was the first to reject Galenic anatomy and to introduce human dissection in anatomy.

 8 
Tadeusz Kościuszko
(Polish Military Engineer and Statesman)
Tadeusz Kościuszko
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belarus
Died: 1817

Tadeusz Kościuszko was a Polish-Lithuanian statesman, military leader, and military engineer. Thanks to his participation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's fight against Prussia and Russia and his role in the American Revolutionary War, Tadeusz Kościuszko is widely regarded as a national hero in the United States, Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania.

 9 
Edie Adams
(Comedienne)
Edie Adams
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 2008
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 10 
W. Eugene Smith
(Photographer, Photojournalist, War photographer, Journalist)
W. Eugene Smith
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: December 30, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wichita
Died: 1978

W. Eugene Smith was an American photojournalist whose major photo essays include photographs of the Second World War. His work, Country Doctor, which he photographed for Life magazine, is now widely regarded as the first extended editorial photo story. An organization named W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund has been established in his honor to support young photographers. 

 11 
Johnny Sheffield
(Actor)
Johnny Sheffield
4
Birthdate: April 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: 2010
 12 
Delphine Seyrig
(Actress and Film-Director Known for Her Role 'Colette de Montpellier' in Film ‘The Day of the Jackal’)
Delphine Seyrig
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: 1990

Lebanese-born-French actress and film-director Delphine Seyrig played diverse roles in films and stage works. She garnered international recognition performing in the film Last Year at Marienbad and bolstered her career with other films like The Day of the Jackal and Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour. A prominent feminist-figure in France, Seyrig also directed films like Sois belle et tais-toi.   

 13 
Dennis Byrd
(American football player)
Dennis Byrd
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 2016
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 14 
Vincent Canby
(Journalist)
Vincent Canby
0
Birthdate: July 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 2000
 15 
Sai Baba of Shirdi
(Spiritual Guru)
Sai Baba of Shirdi
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Birthplace: India
Died: 1918

Sai Baba of Shirdi was an important and influential Indian spiritual master. Identified both as a Muslim fakir and a Hindu saint, Sai Baba's teachings are still relevant among Muslim and Hindu communities around the world. While Shri Sai remains a common name for establishments in India, his temples are also located in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

 16 
Bruno Metsu
(Football Player)
Bruno Metsu
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coudekerque-Branche, France
Died: 2013
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 17 
Robert Herrick
(British Poet)
Robert Herrick
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 24, 1591
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1674

Best remembered for penning the lines "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," poet Robert Herrick wrote everything from elegies to love songs and religious verse, and was inspired by English folklore. He was a true Cavalier poet, who wrote verses in support of King Charles I.

 18 
Herbert Henry Dow
(American Chemical Industrialist and Founder of the Multinational Conglomerate 'Dow Chemical')
Herbert Henry Dow
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 26, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belleville, Canada
Died: 1930

Herbert Henry Dow taught chemistry before venturing into a business career. Though his first company was a failure, his work impressed investors, and he was soon able to establish Dow Chemical, which supplied low-cost bromine to the US markets. He later made auto pistons out of spare magnesium.

 19 
Jerry Smith
(American Football Player)
Jerry Smith
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States
Died: 1986
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 20 
Fornasetti
(Artist)
Fornasetti
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Birthdate: November 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: 1988
 21 
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
(German Gymnastics Educator)
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1778
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanz, Germany
Died: 1852
 22 
Suzzanna
(Actress)
Suzzanna
1
Birthdate: October 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bogor, Indonesia
Died: 2008
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 23 
Johann Ludwig Burckhardt
(Swiss Traveller, Geographer and Orientalist)
Johann Ludwig Burckhardt
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: 1817
 24 
Stanley Ketchel
(Boxer)
Stanley Ketchel
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died: 1910
 25 
Danilo Kis
(Yugoslav Short Story Writer, Novelist, Translator, and Essayist)
Danilo Kis
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Subotica, Serbia
Died: 1989

Danilo Kis was a Yugoslav short story writer, novelist, translator, and essayist. He also contributed as a writer for magazines like Vidici and worked as a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg. Many of his works, including a novel titled Peščanik for which he won the prestigious NIN Award, have been adapted into films and TV series.

 26 
Marie Dubois
(Actress)
Marie Dubois
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Birthdate: January 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2014
 27 
Josef Locke
(Singer)
Josef Locke
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Derry, Ireland
Died: 1999
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 28 
Petronilla of Aragon
(Queen)
Petronilla of Aragon
0
Birthdate: June 29, 1136
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Huesca, Spain
Died: 1173
 29 
William Henry Fitzhugh Lee
(Politician)
William Henry Fitzhugh Lee
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 31, 1837
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arlington, Virginia, United States
Died: 1891
 30 
Konrad Emil Bloch
(German-American Biochemist Who Received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1964)
Konrad Emil Bloch
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nysa, Poland
Died: 2000

German American biochemist Konrad Emil Bloch, who served as Higgins Professor of Biochemistry at Harvard University for nearly three decades, is best-remembered for his collaboration with German biochemist Feodor Lynen leading to discoveries relating to mechanism and regulation of the cholesterol and fatty acid metabolism. This led them to jointly win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1964.

 31 
Gloria Lynne
(Vocalist)
Gloria Lynne
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 2013
 32 
James Murray
(Scottish Professional Bantamweight Boxer)
James Murray
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lanark, Scotland
Died: 1995
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 33 
Jacob L. Devers
(General)
Jacob L. Devers
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: York, Pennsylvania
Died: 1979
 34 
Macon Bolling Allen
(First African-American lawyer and Justice of the Peace)
Macon Bolling Allen
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 4, 1816
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indiana, United States
Died: 1894
 35 
Bagyidaw
(King)
Bagyidaw
1
Birthdate: July 23, 1784
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amarapura, Mandalay city, Myanmar
Died: 1846
 36 
Hans Riegel
(Entrepreneur)
Hans Riegel
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: 2013
 37 
Abd al-Rahman III
(1st Caliph of Córdoba (929 - 961))
Abd al-Rahman III
1
Birthdate: December 18, 0890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain
Died: 0961

Abd al-Rahman III, the 10th-century emir of Cordoba, established the Caliphate of Córdoba and ruled as its first caliph. He is remembered as one of the most significant Umayyad Arab rulers of Spain. Though short in stature, he was feared for his aggressive policy toward the rebels of his kingdom.

 38 
John J. Raskob
(Executive)
John J. Raskob
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States
Died: 1950
 39 
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
(Poet)
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 14, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: 1838
 40 
Yordan Yovkov
(Bulgarian Writer Best Known for His Works: 'Legends of Stara Planina' and 'Inn at Antimovo')
Yordan Yovkov
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 9, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zheravna, Bulgaria
Died: 1937

Yordan Yovkov was a Bulgarian writer best remembered for his 1927 works, Legends of Stara Planina and Inn at Antimovo. In 1929, Yovkov was honored by the Bulgarian Academy of Science with the prestigious Cyril and Methodius Prize for Literature. Many of his works have been adapted into feature and short films. 

 41 
Jason Collier
(Basketball player)
Jason Collier
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States
Died: 2005
 42 
Bertha of Holland
(Queen)
Bertha of Holland
0
Birthdate: 1055 AD
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands
Died: 1094
 43 
Wang Yung-ching
(Entrepreneur)
Wang Yung-ching
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Xindian District, Taipei, Taiwan
Died: 2008
 44 
Henny Porten
(Actress)
Henny Porten
0
Birthdate: January 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: 1960
 45 
Pierre Laval
(Prime Minister of France from 1942 to 1944)
Pierre Laval
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 28, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Châteldon, France
Died: 1945

Pierre Laval was a French politician who served as prime minister of France for two non-consecutive terms. A lawyer by qualification, he defended trade unions and leftists against government prosecution. As a politician, he held many governmental positions. After the liberation of France in 1944, he was arrested by the new French government and executed following a flawed trial.

 46 
Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark
(Prince)
Prince Peter of Greece and Denmark
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 3, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1980
 47 
Jacqueline Roque
(Best known as the muse and second wife of Pablo Picasso)
Jacqueline Roque
1
Birthdate: February 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1986
 48 
Hermann Goring
(German Nazi Party Leader and Convicted War Criminal)
Hermann Goring
49
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Germany
Died: 1946

Hermann Goring was a German military and political leader. One of the most influential personalities in the Nazi Party, Göring oversaw the creation of the Gestapo. He also played a key role in the Holocaust, for which he was later convicted of crimes against humanity and crimes against peace.

 49 
Raymond Poincaré
(President of France from 1913 to 1920)
Raymond Poincaré
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bar-le-Duc, France
Died: 1934

Former French president and three-time prime minister Raymond Poincaré was a qualified lawyer and the co-founder of the Democratic Republican Alliance. He suggested a retrial in the Dreyfus Affair and was also largely responsible for France’s entry into World War II. He also introduced a highly debated denaturalization law.

 50 
Theodor Boveri
(Biologist)
Theodor Boveri
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 12, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany
Died: 1915