Deaths in History on August 27

  • 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 (1305-12), dies at 50

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)
  • 1522 Giovanni A Amadei/Amadeo, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at about 75
  • 1545 Piotr Gamrat, Polish Catholic archbishop (b. 1487)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1857 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American literary critic and editor (b. 1812)
  • 1871 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (b. 1794)
  • 1874 Johan George Schwartze, painter, dies
  • 1874 John Henry Foley, Irish sculptor (Prince Albert Memorial), dies at 56
  • 1875 William Chapman Ralston, American banker (b. 1826)
  • 1879 Rowland Hill, introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1937 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), dies at 63
  • 1943 Otto Selz, German psychologist (In Auschwitz), dies
  • 1944 Georg von Boeselager, German nobleman (b. 1915)
  • 1948 Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • 1950 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41
  • 1955 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies
  • 1958 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), dies at 57

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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)
  • 1965 Edmond of Dooren, Flemish painter, dies at 68

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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
  • 1967 Henri-Georges Adam, French painter/cartoonist/sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1968 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • 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, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, dies at 67

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1975 Haile Selassie [Ras Tafari Makonnen], Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74), dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 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
  • 1987 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • 1995 Carl Ronald Giles, cartoonist, dies at 78
  • 1995 Dick Bentley, entertainer, dies at 88
  • 1996 Abram Games, graphic artist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Alexander Lanusse, military President of Argentina (1971-73), dies
  • 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)
  • 2006 Maria Capovilla, oldest woman alive from 2004-2006 (b. 1889)
  • 2009 Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)