Famous Deaths on May 27

  • 366 Procopius, Roman usurper (b. 326)
  • 866 Ordono I, King of Asturia (850-66), dies
  • 927 Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria (b. 864 or 865)
  • 1039 Dirk III Hierosolymita, Count of Holland, dies
  • 1178 Godfried van Rhenen, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1444 John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (b. 1404)

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1508 Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Italian duke of Milan, dies at 55

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • 1525 Thomas Muentzer, German rebel leader
  • 1541 Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473) beheaded for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII
  • 1549 Lijsbeth Dirksdr, Fries antabaptist, drowns

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1564 John Calvin [Jehan Cauvin], Protestant religious reformer and theologian (Calvinism), dies at 54 (b. 1509)

Protestant Reformer and Theologian John Calvin
Protestant Reformer and Theologian
John Calvin
  • 1569 Francois de Coligny, French general (Jarnac), dies
  • 1576 Louis de Boisot, Dutch admiral, drowns at about 44
  • 1580 Jonker Barthold Entens van Mentheda until Middelstum, dies
  • 1596 Tibaldi II, Italian painter/sculptor/architect, dies
  • 1610 François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)
  • 1615 Marguerite de Valois, 1st Queen of Henry IV of France (b. 1553)
  • 1627 Everhardus van Bronchorst, lawyer, dies at 73
  • 1638 Nicolas Forme, composer, dies at 71
  • 1652 Jacques Huyn, French baroque composer, dies at 39
  • 1661 Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 53
  • 1675 Gaspard Dughet, French painter (b. 1613)
  • 1690 Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • 1702 Dominique Bouhours, French critic (b. 1628)
  • 1707 Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (b. 1640)
  • 1708 Jacques Danican Philidor, composer, dies at 51
  • 1768 Johann M Fleischmann, German/Dutch stamp/letter designer, dies
  • 1781 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)
  • 1790 Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 yrs, dies at 89
  • 1797 Francois-Noal "Gracchus" Babeuf, French utopian socialist, dies at 36
  • 1831 Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  • 1840 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 57
  • 1855 Nikolaj A Bestoezjev, Russ writer/painter (Account of Holland), dies
  • 1863 Edward Payson Chapin, Union Brigadier General, dies at 31
  • 1876 Joseph Bosworth, lexicographer/scholar, dies
  • 1878 Carlo Marsili, composer, dies at 49
  • 1887 Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86
  • 1896 Allard Pierson, theologist/philosopher/art historian/poet, dies
  • 1896 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  • 1902 Jan van Droogenbroeck, Flemish poet, dies

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1910 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), dies at 66

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Microbiologist
Robert Koch
  • 1914 Joseph Wilson Swan, physicist/chemist, dies
  • 1916 Joseph S Gallieni, General/military governor of Paris, dies
  • 1918 Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80
  • 1919 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian social activist (b. 1848)
  • 1925 Ed McKeever, pres (Bkln Dodgers), dies of pneumonia
  • 1926 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • 1934 Meijer Linnewiel, [Prof Kokadorus], Amsterdam street hawker, dies
  • 1939 Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
  • 1941 AH Borgesius, tutor/experimentator/amateur astronomer, dies at 76
  • 1947 Ed Konetchy, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1949 Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY
  • 1951 Thomas Blamey, soldier, dies
  • 1953 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • 1954 Herzmanovsky-Orlando, writer, dies
  • 1958 Ainslie Pryor, actor (Adventures of Hiram Holiday), dies at 46
  • 1958 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • 1960 Edward Brophy, actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy), dies at 65
  • 1960 George Zucco, actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Desire Me), dies at 74
  • 1960 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)
  • 1963 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • 1964 Jawaharial Nehru, Independent India's 1st PM, dies at 74
  • 1967 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (b. 1889)
  • 1968 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • 1969 Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • 1970 Emmy van Lokhorst, author, dies at 78
  • 1971 Chips Rafferty, actor (Kona Coast, Walk into Hell), dies at 62

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1975 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1976 Ruth McDevitt, actress (Jo-All in the Family), dies at 80
  • 1983 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer, dies at 67
  • 1985 Kay Campbell, actress (All My Children), dies at 80
  • 1986 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • 1986 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • 1987 John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • 1988 Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 1988 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • 1988 Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • 1989 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • 1989 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • 1990 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (b. 1908)
  • 1991 Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88
  • 1991 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • 1992 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Aankomen in Avignon), dies at 55
  • 1992 Glen White, dancer/actor (Graft, Camille), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992 John Myhers, director/actor (Billion Dollar Hobo), dies at 70
  • 1992 Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, mobster (St Valentines Day), dies at 86
  • 1992 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  • 1993 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies
  • 1993 Willem P G Assmann, Dutch MP, dies at 85
  • 1994 Norman Cook, British museum curator, dies at 87
  • 1994 Red Rodney, [Albino Red/The Red Arrow], bebop-trumpeter, dies at 66
  • 1994 Theo Swagemakers, portrait painter, dies at 95
  • 1995 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • 1995 Ulyses Simpson Kay, composer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 1996 Ivan Sutton, concert Promotoer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Jack Massey, groundsman, dies at 85
  • 2000 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)

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2000 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), dies of abdominal cancer and parkinson's disease at 78

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 2000 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Ramon Bieri, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Craig Heyward, American football player (b. 1966)
  • 2006 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 2006 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • 2006 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • 2007 Ed Yost, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Gretchen Wyler, American actress (b. 1932)
  • 2008 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)

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2009 Clive Granger, Swansea, Wales, Welsh-born British economist, dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Economist
Clive Granger
  • 2010 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator (b. 1929)
  • 2011 Jeff Conaway, American actor (b. 1950)
  • 2011 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • 2011 Gil Scott-Heron, American poet, musician and author (b. 1949)
  • 2013 Bill Pertwee, English actor (Dad's Army), dies at 86
  • 2017 Gregg Allman, American musician and songwriter (Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017 Jim Bunning, American baseball player and politician (pitched a perfect game in 1965, R-KY), dies at 85