Famous Deaths on April 27

  • 630 King Ardashir III of Persia
  • 1076 Willem, bishop of Utrecht (1054-76), murderer of earl Floris I, dies
  • 1124 Alexander I, King of Scots (1107-24), dies
  • 1404 Philip, the Stout, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 62

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1521 Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer, killed by Filipino natives at 50 while on voyage to circumnavigate the world

  • 1599 Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general (b. 1538)
  • 1605 Leo XI, [Alessandro O de' Medici], Italian Pope (1605), dies at 69
  • 1613 Robert Abercromby, Scottish Jesuit (b. 1532)
  • 1625 Mori Terumoto, Japanese warrior (b. 1553)
  • 1656 Gerard van Honthorst, painter, dies at 65
  • 1656 Jan J van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 60
  • 1682 Theodorus III, Tsar of Russia (1676-82), dies
  • 1694 Johan Georg IV, elector of Saxony (1691-94), dies at 25
  • 1695 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, [Asbaje], Mexican poetress/nun, dies at 44

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1695 John Trenchard, English radical Whig politician and statesman, dies at 46

English Politician John Trenchard
English Politician
John Trenchard
  • 1702 Jean Bart, French capt/sea hero (Escape out of Plymouth), dies at 51
  • 1758 Jan Francisci, Slovak composer, dies at 66
  • 1764 Jaime de Casellas, composer, dies at 73
  • 1782 William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician (b. 1710)
  • 1794 William Jones, British Orientalist and jurist, dies at 47
  • 1813 Zebulon M Pike, US explorer (Pike's Peak), dies in battle at 34
  • 1871 Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, composer, dies at 59
  • 1872 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician/author, dies at 70
  • 1873 William Charles Macready, English actor (b. 1793)
  • 1881 Ludwig A Benedek, Austrian general, dies at 76

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1882 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet (Representive Men), dies of pneumonia at 78

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1893 John Murray Corse, US general (Union), dies on his 58th birthday
  • 1893 John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party, intestinal disease after a major surgical operation at 54
  • 1896 Henry Parkes, known as the Father of Federation (b. 1815)
  • 1901 Richard Redhead, composer, dies at 81
  • 1902 Julius Sterling Morton, who started Arbor Day, dies at 72
  • 1915 Alexander N Skriabin, Russ pianist/composer (Prometheus), dies at 43
  • 1915 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (b. 1872)
  • 1932 Harold "Heart" Crane, US poet (Bridge), commits suicide at 32
  • 1932 Hart Crane, American writer (b. 1899)
  • 1936 Frederik A Stoett, linguist (Dutch Proverbs), dies at 72
  • 1936 Karl Pearson, mathematician, dies

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1937 Antonio Gramsci, Italian philosopher/marxist theorist, dies at 46

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci
  • 1938 Edmond Rubbens, Belgian minister to Colonies, dies at 44
  • 1941 Penelope Delta, Greek author (b. 1874)
  • 1950 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70
  • 1950 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies
  • 1951 Philip Albert Myburgh Hands, cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1952 Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician (b. 1865)
  • 1957 Mario A Gianini, creator (maraschino cherry), dies
  • 1959 Gordon Armstrong, inventor (baby incubator), dies
  • 1961 Roy Del Ruth, director (About Face, Folies Bergere), dies at 67
  • 1962 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman (b. 1873)
  • 1964 Georg Britting, writer, dies at 73
  • 1965 Alan Bunce, actor (Albert-Ethel & Albert), dies at 61
  • 1965 Edward R Murrow, newscaster (Person to Person), dies at 57
  • 1969 Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • 1969 RenĂ© Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
  • 1970 Arthur Shields, actor (Your Show Time), dies at 73

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1972 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1972 Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • 1973 Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
  • 1973 Libbe de Wal, founder of Humanistic Covenant, dies at 72
  • 1973 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1975 Nicholas Soussanin, actor (Last Command), dies at 86
  • 1977 Stanley Adams, actor (Lillies of the Field, Thunder Alley), dies at 61
  • 1978 Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered
  • 1982 Tom Tully, actor (Line-up, Shane), dies at 85
  • 1984 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • 1988 David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
  • 1989 Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • 1991 Marcus Heeresma, writer/poet (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies
  • 1992 Olivier Messiaen, French composer, dies at 83
  • 1993 Hans Sahl, German American anti-Nazi Jewish writer (Tie Exil im Exil), dies at 90
  • 1994 Jerome Lejeune, physiologist, dies at 69
  • 1994 John Preston, US writer (Gay House, Big Gay Book), dies at 48
  • 1994 Lynne Frederick Unger, actress (Trail of Pink Panther), dies at 39
  • 1995 Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 1996 Joan Sterndale Bennett, actress (Elizabeth-Dark Shadows), dies at 86
  • 1996 William Egan Colby, cIA Director, dies at 76
  • 1997 Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), dies at 73
  • 1998 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer and mystic, dies at 72
  • 1998 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • 1998 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • 1998 Godrey Kenton, English stage actor, dies at 96
  • 1999 Al Hirt, American trumpeter (b. 1922)
  • 2000 Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (b. 1954)
  • 2002 George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • 2002 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Julia Thorne, ex-wife of John Kerry (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • 2009 Feroz Khan, Indian actor (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • 2011 Marian Mercer, American actress (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Bill Skowron, American MLB player, dies from lung cancer at 81