The following is a list of notable world figures who died on May 15th.

  1. 1036 - Emperor Go-Ichijo of Japan (b. 1008)
  2. 1740 - Ephraim Chambers, English encyclopaedist (b. 1680)
  3. 1879 - Gottfried Semper, German architect (b. 1803)
  4. 1886 - Emily Dickinson, American poet (b. 1830)
  5. 1956 - Austin Osman Spare, English magician (b. 1886)
  6. 1967 - Edward Hopper, American painter (b. 1882)
  7. 1971 - Sir Tyrone Guthrie, English director, producer, and writer (b. 1900)
  8. 1982 - Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (b. 1946)
  9. 1984 - Francis Schaeffer, American Evangelical theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor
  10. 2003 - June Carter Cash, American musician and singer (b. 1929)
  11. 2003 - George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  12. 2005 - Les Bartley, lacrosse coach (b. 1954)
  13. 2007 - Jerry Falwell, an American fundamentalist Christian pastor and televangelist.