Famous Deaths on 27th February

  • 1167 Robert of Melun, English philosopher/bishop of Hereford, dies
  • 1656 Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies
  • 1659 Henry Dunster, first President of Harvard College (b. 1609)
  • 1699 Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton, English politician (b. c. 1625)
  • 1706 John Evelyn, diarist, dies
  • 1720 Samuel Parris, English-born Puritan minister (b. 1653)
  • 1731 Angelo Predieri, composer, dies at 76
  • 1733 Johann Adam Birkenstock, composer, dies at 46
  • 1735 John Arbuthnot, physician/mathematician, dies
  • 1779 Jan Nepveu, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59
  • 1797 Benvenuto Robbio San Rafaele, composer, dies at 61
  • 1805 Stefan Paluselli, composer, dies at 57
  • 1844 Nicholas Biddle, US lawyer/diplomat/statesman/financier, dies at 85
  • 1852 Joseph Drechsler, composer, dies at 69
  • 1862 Gabriele dell' Addolorata, patron of Ital Catholic youth, dies at 23
  • 1881 George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46
  • 1887 Alexander Porfir'yevich Borodin, Russian composer, dies at 53

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1892 Louis Vuitton, French luggage maker (b. 1821)

Luggage Maker Louis Vuitton
Luggage Maker
Louis Vuitton
  • 1906 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, dies at 71
  • 1913 Adam Sedgwick, English zoologist (Peripatus), dies at 58
  • 1920 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romanian historian, dies at 72
  • 1921 Schofield Haigh, cricketer (Eng all-rounder 11 Tests 1898-1912), dies
  • 1923 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer, dies at 67
  • 1929 Manuel Manrique de Lara y Berry, composer, dies at 65
  • 1932 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher (b. 1843)

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1936 Ivan Pavlov, Russian physiologist (reflexes, Nobel 1904), dies at 86

Physiologist Ivan Pavlov
Physiologist
Ivan Pavlov
  • 1936 Joshua W. Alexander, U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Woodrow Wilson (b. 1852)
  • 1939 Nadezjda K Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70
  • 1940 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
  • 1941 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (b. 1895)
  • 1942 Karel WFM Doorman, Dutch rear-admiral (Java Sea), KIA at 52
  • 1943 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (b. 1859)
  • 1945 HJ Lochtman, Dutch chaplain/resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen
  • 1947 Mackinnon of Mackinnon, cricketer (Tests Eng v Aust 1879), dies at 89
  • 1950 Ivan Goll, writer, dies at 58
  • 1951 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, dies at 91
  • 1952 Theodorus Pangalos, Greek general/dictator 1926, dies at 74
  • 1955 Tom Howard, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66
  • 1956 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • 1956 Gunther Ramin, German organist/composer/choir conductor, dies at 57
  • 1958 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack
  • 1960 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer/manufacturer, dies at 58
  • 1961 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1912), dies
  • 1962 Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • 1964 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • 1966 Minerva Urecal, actress (Apache Rose, Ghost Crazy), dies at 81
  • 1968 Johannes Tralow, writer, dies at 85
  • 1968 Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • 1968 Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
  • 1969 John Boles, actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • 1969 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • 1970 Robert Bruce Lockhart, diplomat/writer, dies
  • 1970 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 1972 Pat Brady, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • 1973 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • 1974 Pat Brady, Toledo Ohio, actor (Roy Rodgers Show), dies at 59
  • 1975 Neville Cardus, writer/cricketer, dies
  • 1977 Allison Hayes, actress (Attack of 50 Foot Woman), dies at 47
  • 1977 John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
  • 1978 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • 1980 George Tobias, actor (Abner Kravitz-Bewitched), dies at 78
  • 1981 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)
  • 1982 Malika A Sabirova, Russian dancer, dies at 39
  • 1985 David Huffman, actor (FIST, Jane Doe, Firefox, Onion Field), dies
  • 1985 Henry Cabot Lodge, (Sen-R)/diplomat, dies at 82
  • 1985 Pat J O'Malley, actor (My Favorite Martian, Maude), dies at 83

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1986 Jacques Plante, Canadian ice hockey goalie, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1987 Joan Greenwood, English actress (Gentle Sex, Bad Sister), dies at 65
  • 1989 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 1989 Joe Silver, actor (Rage, Rapid, Deathtrap, Shivers), dies at 66
  • 1989 Konrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 85
  • 1989 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
  • 1990 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • 1991 H J of Royen, manager Dutch (Concertgebouw Orch), dies at 52
  • 1991 Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered
  • 1992 Marinus Ruppert, Dutch trade union leader (CNV), dies at 80
  • 1992 S I Hayakawa, (Sen-California, 1977-83), dies at 85
  • 1993 Jose Duval, actor (Juan Valdez), dies at 72
  • 1993 Lillian Gish, US actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 96
  • 1994 Harold Acton, English/Italian historian/art collector, dies at 84
  • 1994 Karl I Pelgrom, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • 1994 Laurence "Bill" Craigie, jet pioneer, dies at 92
  • 1994 Leopold "Hans" Kohr, Austria social philosopher/economist, dies at 84
  • 1995 Bernard Cornfield, financier, dies at 67
  • 1995 Philip Sherrington, opus Dei Priest, dies at 51
  • 1996 Francois Chaumette, actor (They Never Slept, Christine), dies at 72
  • 1996 George Ian Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
  • 1996 Pat Smythe, show jumper, dies at 67
  • 1996 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator, dies at 60
  • 1998 J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)

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2002 Spike Milligan, Irish comedian (b. 1918)

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • 2003 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)

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2003 Fred Rogers, host of TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" dies at age 74

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • 2004 Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (b. 1910)
  • 2004 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., U.S. General, Flying Tiger, and author (b. 1908)
  • 2006 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2008 William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author and commentator (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • 2011 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2011 Duke Snider, American professional baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91
  • 2013 Stephane Hessel, German-born French diplomat, dies at 95
  • 2013 Van Cliburn, American pianist, dies at 78

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2015 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • 2015 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91
  • 2015 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow