Famous Deaths on March 27

  • 710 Rupert of Salzburg, saint and Bishop of Worms and Salzberg
  • 922 Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur, Persian mystic, beheaded at 64
  • 965 Arnulf I, the Elder/the Great, count of Flanders (918-65), dies
  • 973 Herman, Duke of Saxony
  • 1378 Gregory XI, [Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78), dies
  • 1462 Vasili II of Russia, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1415)
  • 1472 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, dies at 37
  • 1482 Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and his successor, dies falling off her horse (b. 1457)
  • 1555 William Hunter, Protestant martyr
  • 1572 Girolamo Maggi, Italian Renaissance man (b. abt. 1523)

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1625 James VI and I, Scottish born King of Scotland )1657-1625) and King of England and Ireland (1603-25), poet and author, dies at 58

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1635 Robert Naunton, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1668 Clemens Thieme, German composer, dies at 36
  • 1679 Abraham Mignon, Dutch still life painter, dies at 38
  • 1697 Simon Bradstreet, English colonial magistrate, last governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 93
  • 1701 Anne Hilarion de Cotentin, count of Tourville/Fr admiral, dies at 58
  • 1714 Anton Ulrich, German duke of Brunswick/poet, dies at 80
  • 1757 Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, composer, dies at 39
  • 1761 Johann Ludwig Steiner, composer, dies at 72
  • 1769 Josef Antonin Gurecky, composer, dies at 60
  • 1770 Giovanni B Tiepolo, Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), dies at 73
  • 1809 Joseph M Vien, French court painter and etcher, dies at 92
  • 1826 Jakob Haibel, Austrian composer, dies at 63
  • 1827 François Alexandre Frédéric, French social reformer (b. 1747)
  • 1836 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)
  • 1843 Karl Salomo Zachariae von Lingenthal, German jurist (b. 1769)
  • 1849 Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford (b. 1776)
  • 1850 Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
  • 1864 Jean-Jacques Ampère, French scholar (b. 1800)
  • 1865 Petrus Hoffman Peerlkamp, Dutch scholar (b. 1786)
  • 1873 Amedée Simon Dominique Thierry, French journalist and historian (b. 1797)
  • 1875 Edgar Quinet, French historian (b. 1803)
  • 1878 Dobri Voynikov, composer, dies at 44
  • 1878 George Gilbert Scott, architect, dies
  • 1888 Agnes Windeck, German actress, born in Hamburg (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Moritz Furstenau, composer, dies at 64
  • 1889 John Bright, English statesman (b. 1811)
  • 1894 Verney L Cameron, English explorer (Tanganyika), dies at 49
  • 1897 Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)
  • 1898 Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual and one of the founding fathers of Pakistan dies at 80
  • 1900 Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69
  • 1910 Alexander E Agassiz, US businessman/biologist/geologist, dies at 74
  • 1910 David Duffle Wood, composer, dies at 72
  • 1920 Johan G Danser, Dutch poet (Meetings), dies at 26
  • 1922 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, composer, dies at 63
  • 1923 Sir James Dewar, Scottish chemist (b. 1842)
  • 1924 Walter Parratt, composer, dies at 83
  • 1925 Carl G Neumann, German mathematician/physicist, dies at 92
  • 1927 Joe Start, American baseball player (b. 1842)
  • 1928 Leslie Stuart, composer, dies at 64
  • 1929 Samuil Shatunovsky, Ukrainian mathematician, dies at 70
  • 1931 Arnold Bennett, English novelist, dies at 63
  • 1933 Lionel Palairet, cricketer (49 runs in 2 Tests for England 1902), dies
  • 1934 Francis William Reitz, 5th State President of the Orange Free State (b. 1844)
  • 1938 Louis William Stern, German/US philosopher/psychologist, dies at 66
  • 1939 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • 1940 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • 1943 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1), killed in crash
  • 1945 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish writer (romance), dies at 42
  • 1947 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • 1948 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • 1953 Narciso Garay, composer, dies at 76
  • 1956 Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • 1959 Grant Withers, actor (Oklahoma Annie), suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • 1960 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • 1961 Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • 1966 Mien Labberton, Dutch poet, dies at 82
  • 1967 Gerardus H de Vet, the Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67), dies at 49
  • 1967 Jim Thompson, American designer (disappeared) (b. 1906)

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1968 Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), dies in a Mig-15 plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • 1969 B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87
  • 1972 Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • 1972 Sharkey Bonano, American musician (b. 1904)
  • 1973 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, composer, dies at 72
  • 1975 Arthur Bliss, English composer/conductor (Checkmate), dies at 83
  • 1975 Gertrude Niesen, American actress (Start Cheering), dies at 63
  • 1977 Diana Hyland, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), dies at 41
  • 1977 Eve Meyer, X actress (Immoral Mr Teas), dies in a plane crash at 46
  • 1977 Lodewijk de Vocht, composer, dies at 89
  • 1977 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • 1978 Wilfred Pickles, actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • 1979 Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
  • 1981 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • 1983 James Hayter, actor (Pickwick Papers, Trio, Great Game), dies at 75
  • 1983 Janis Ivanovs, composer, dies at 76
  • 1986 Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • 1987 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • 1987 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • 1988 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • 1989 May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • 1991 Aldo Ray, western actor (Battle Cry), dies at 64 of cancer
  • 1991 Elinor Remick Warren, composer, dies at 91
  • 1991 Leueen McGrath, actress (Edward My Son, Saint's Vacation), dies at 77
  • 1991 Ralph Bates, British actor (Persecution, Graveyard), dies at 50
  • 1992 Anita Colby, US model/actress/author (Pepsi Coke), dies at 77
  • 1992 Easley Blackwood, expert bridge player, dies at 89
  • 1992 Gerry Duggan, dies at 82
  • 1992 James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68), dies at 84
  • 1992 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist/painter/graphic artist, dies
  • 1993 Carlos Gimenez, director (Theater Festival of Caracas), dies at 47
  • 1993 Clifford Jordan, tenor saxophonist, dies of cancer at 61
  • 1993 Kate Reid, British actress (Lil-Dallas), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1993 Katherine Hynes De Groot, dies of stroke at 88
  • 1993 Wilhelmus M J Russell, Dutch MP (KVP, CDA), dies at 74
  • 1994 Dennis Hartas, flier, dies at 69
  • 1995 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, dies at 92
  • 1995 Bernard Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds), dies at 67
  • 1995 Chet Gierlach, music publisher/composer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Rene Allio, film Director, dies at 70
  • 1998 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), dies at 88
  • 1998 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • 2000 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • 2002 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)

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2002 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

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2002 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (The Lost Weekend, Some Like it Hot), dies at 95

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 2003 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (b. 1927)
  • 2003 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • 2003 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • 2005 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Dan Curtis, American television producer and director (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA (b. 1921)
  • 2008 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • 2010 Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012 Warren Stevens, American actor, dies from lung disease at 92
  • 2012 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • 2013 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90
  • 2017 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • 2017 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2017 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74