Famous Deaths on 27th August

  • 542 Saint Caesarius of Arles
  • 827 Pope Eugene II, Italian Pope (824-827)
  • 1208 Irene Angelina, daughter of Isaac II Angeles, dies

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1312 Arthur II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1262)

Duke of Brittany Arthur II
Duke of Brittany
Arthur II
  • 1394 Chokei, Emperor of Japan (b. 1343)
  • 1450 Reginald West, 6th Baron De La Warr, English politician (b. 1395)
  • 1521 Josquin Des Prez, composer, dies
  • 1522 Giovanni A Amadei/Amadeo, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at about 75
  • 1545 Piotr Gamrat, Polish Catholic archbishop (b. 1487)
  • 1572 Claude Goudimel, French composer
  • 1576 Titian, [Tiziano Vecelli], Italian painter, dies of plague
  • 1590 Sixtus V, [Felice Peretti/"Montalto"], Pope (1585-90), dies at 68
  • 1608 Hendrik van Kinschot, [Henricus Kinschotus], lawyer, dies at 66
  • 1611 Tomés L de Victoria, Spanish composer/singer/organist, dies
  • 1635 Lope Felix de Vega, playwright/poet (Angelica, Arcadia), dies at 72
  • 1651 Jacob A Backer, painter, dies at about 43
  • 1664 Francisco Zurbarán, Spanish painter (b. 1598)
  • 1667 Adriaen Melar, Flemish engraver, buried at 33
  • 1746 Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, composer, dies
  • 1748 James Thomson, Scottish poet (Rule, Britannia), dies at 47
  • 1773 Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, Prussian general (b. 1721)
  • 1827 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian earl/prince/diplomat, dies
  • 1828 Eise J Eisinga, constructed planetarium at Franeker, dies at 84
  • 1830 Louis H J Condé, French prince, commits suicide at 74
  • 1840 William Kneass, 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40), dies in office
  • 1841 Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried, composer, dies at 65
  • 1846 Franciszek Ścigalski, Polish composer, dies at 64
  • 1846 Gottfied Wilhelm Fink, German composer, dies at 63
  • 1855 Francisco Eduardo da Costa, composer, dies at 36
  • 1857 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American literary critic and editor (b. 1812)
  • 1865 Jozef Nowakowski, composer, dies at 64
  • 1867 Karol Katski, composer, dies at 51
  • 1868 Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, composer, dies at 82
  • 1871 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (b. 1794)
  • 1874 Johan George Schwartze, painter, dies
  • 1874 John Henry Foley, sculptor, dies
  • 1875 William Chapman Ralston, American banker (b. 1826)
  • 1879 Rowland Hill, introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
  • 1883 August Friedrich Pott, composer, dies at 76
  • 1887 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer, dies at 74
  • 1898 John Hopkinson, British physicist and electrical engineer (Hopkinson's Law) dies with three of his children in a mountaineering accident in the Pennine Alps, Switzerland at 49
  • 1910 Clement of Maasdijk, 1st Dutch aircraft death
  • 1914 John Weiss, German new testament, dies
  • 1919 Louis Botha, South African soldier/statesman, dies at 56
  • 1922 Carl Fuchs, composer, dies at 83
  • 1929 Herman Potočnik Noordung, Slovenian rocket scientist (b. 1892)
  • 1930 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist/Dutch Patriarch, dies at 62
  • 1931 Willem H Nolens, priest/2nd Chamber member, dies
  • 1931 Frank Harris, Irish author and editor (b. 1856)
  • 1931 Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
  • 1943 Otto Selz, German psychologist (In Auschwitz), dies
  • 1944 Georg von Boeselager, German nobleman (b. 1915)
  • 1948 Oley Speaks, composer, dies at 74
  • 1948 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • 1948 Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • 1949 Arthur Chesney, actor (Lodger, Chelsea Life), dies at 67
  • 1950 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41
  • 1953 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • 1955 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies
  • 1958 Ernest O Lawrence, inventor (Cyclotron-Nobel 1939), dies at 57
  • 1962 Carlos Lavin, composer, dies at 79

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1963 W E B Du Bois, scholar/founder (NAACP), dies at 95 in Accra Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1963 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (b. 1877)
  • 1963 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • 1964 Alexey Semyonovich Zhivotov, composer, dies at 59
  • 1964 Gracie Allen, actress (Burns & Allen), dies at 62
  • 1965 Edmond of Dooren, Flemish painter, dies at 68
  • 1965 Gerald Bond, cricketer (South Africa 1938-39), dies

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1965 Le Corbusier, [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss/French architect, dies at 77

Architect/ City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect/ City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1965 Otto Reinhold, composer, dies at 66
  • 1967 Brian Epstein, rock manager (Beatles), dies of drug overdose at 32
  • 1967 Henri-Georges Adam, French painter/cartoonist/sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1968 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • 1969 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • 1969 Erika Mann, German/US author/daughter of Thomas Mann, dies
  • 1969 Henri EJA de Page, Belgian lawyer, dies
  • 1969 Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist, dies
  • 1971 Bennett Cerf, (Random House)/panelist (What's My Line), dies at 73
  • 1971 Margaret Bourke-White, US photographer, dies at 67
  • 1975 Emperor Haile Selassie, depossed Ethiopian emperor, strangled at 83
  • 1976 Mukesh, Indian playback singer (b. 1923)
  • 1977 George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • 1977 Steve Dunne, actor (Professional Father), dies at 59
  • 1978 Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1979 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • 1979 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland
  • 1979 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered at 14
  • 1979 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 1980 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • 1980 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)
  • 1981 Joan Edwards, singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62
  • 1981 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 1984 Bernard Youens, British actor (Coronation Street), dies at 69
  • 1984 Billy Sands, actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • 1987 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • 1988 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (b. 1928)
  • 1990 Raymond St Jacques, actor/dir (Falcon Crest), dies of cancer at 60

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1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 1991 Gordon Heath, actor (Sapphire, Staircase, Animal Farm), dies
  • 1991 Vince Taylor, [Brian Holden], Brit singer (Brand new Cadillac), dies
  • 1993 Bob Verstraete, Dutch actor/screenwriter/director (Alicia), dies at 71
  • 1994 Roberto Goyeneche, [El Polaco], Argentine tango singer (Maria), dies
  • 1995 Carl Ronald Giles, cartoonist, dies at 78
  • 1995 Dick Bentley, entertainer, dies at 88
  • 1995 Martin Louis "Marty" Paich, jazz arranger, dies at 70
  • 1996 Abram Games, graphic artist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Alexander Lanusse, military President of Argentina (1971-73), dies
  • 1996 Greg Morris, actor (Mission Impossible), dies at 61
  • 1997 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • 1997 Jeep Swenson, actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40
  • 1999 Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (assassinated) (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, "Father of the Modern Day Men's Movement," Founder of the Christian Men's Network (CMN)
  • 2003 Pierre Poujade, French politician (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Seán Purcell, Gaelic footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Maria Capovilla, oldest woman alive from 2004-2006 (b. 1889)
  • 2006 Jesse Pintado, Mexican-born guitarist (Napalm Death) (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Emma Penella, Spanish actress (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)
  • 2010 Luna Vachon, Professional Wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2013 Zelmo Beaty, American basketball player, dies at 73
  • 2015 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), dies at 58