Deaths in History on December 27

  • 418 Zosimus, Greek Pope (417-8), dies
  • 975 Balderik, bishop of Utrecht (918-75), dies
  • 1065 Ferdinand I, the Great, king of Castile, dies
  • 1076 Prince Svyatoslav II of Kiev (b. 1027)
  • 1381 Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March, English politician
  • 1548 Francesco Spiera, Italian Protestant jurist (b. 1502)
  • 1590 Emmanuel-Philibert of Lalaing, marquis of Renty, dies at 33
  • 1603 Thomas Cartwright, English Presbyterian publicist, dies at about 68
  • 1631 John Pijnas, Dutch painter, buried at about 47
  • 1641 Francois van d'Aerssen, ruler of Sommelsdijk/diplomat, dies at 69
  • 1707 Jean Mabillon, French palaeograopher and diplomat (b. 1632)
  • 1737 William Bowyer, English printer (b. 1663)
  • 1743 Hyacinthe Rigaud, French painter (b. 1659)
  • 1771 Henri Pitot, French engineer (b. 1695)
  • 1782 Henry Home, Lord Kames, Scottish philosopher (b. 1697)
  • 1800 Hugh Blair, Scottish preacher and man of letters (b. 1718)
  • 1805 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Trois Femmes), dies at 65
  • 1812 Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Lithuanian rabbi and founder of Chabad Hasidism (b. 1745)
  • 1812 Joanna Southcott, an English self-described religious prophetess.
  • 1834 Charles Lamb, English essayist (b. 1775)

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1836 Stephen Fuller Austin, founder of the US State of Texas, dies at 43

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • 1877 Nikolai A Nekrasov, Russian poet (Metshty into Zvuki), dies at 56
  • 1896 John Brown, British manufacturer (b. 1816)
  • 1900 William Armstrong, of Cragside, British inventor and industrialist ( hydraulic accumulator), dies at 90
  • 1914 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and inventor (b. 1863)
  • 1919 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch lib premier (1905-08), dies at 68

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1923 Gustave Eiffel [Alexandre], engineer (Eiffel Tower), dies at 91

Engineer and Achitect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Achitect
Gustave Eiffel
  • 1924 William Archer, Scottish critic/playwright (Green Goddess), dies at 68
  • 1925 Louis Dosfel, Flemish lawyer/literary (Assault!), dies at 44
  • 1925 Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet (b. 1895)
  • 1936 Hans von Seeckt, German Gen/advisor of Chiang Kai-shek, dies at 70
  • 1938 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments dies at 72
  • 1938 O Mandelstam, writer, dies
  • 1938 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)
  • 1950 Max Beckmann, German painter/graphic artist, dies at 66
  • 1952 Henri G Winkelman, Dutch supreme commander army/navy 1940, dies at 76
  • 1952 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest (b. 1878)
  • 1953 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
  • 1955 Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (b. 1881)
  • 1956 Lambert McKenna, Irish editor and lexicographer. (b. 1870)
  • 1959 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70
  • 1965 Edgar Ende, German painter (b. 1901)

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1972 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel 1957), dies at 75

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • 1974 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette, dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66
  • 1978 Houari Boumédienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
  • 1979 Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered
  • 1982 John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1985 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda
  • 1987 Rewi Alley, NZ author, pro Chinese communist, dies at 90 in Beijing
  • 1987 Geoffrey D Lloyd, Chairman of the guild of British Newspaper editors (b. 1933)
  • 1988 Hall Ashby, US director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • 1991 W Hudson, US "strongest man to the world" (540 kg), dies
  • 1992 Jan Peeters, Dutch watercolorist/monument artist, dies
  • 1992 Kay Boyle, American writer (Scottsboro: An American Tragedy), dies at 90
  • 1993 Youssef Sebti, Algerian scholar/poet, murdered at 50
  • 1994 Hans Berghuis, author/poet (Kleitabletten), dies at 70
  • 1994 Karl AF Schiller, West German economist/SPD-minister, dies at 83
  • 1994 Sadi de Gorter, Dutch author/diplomat (Abscess), dies at 82
  • 1994 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)
  • 1997 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), dies at 83
  • 1997 Dorothy Stroud, garden historian, dies at 87
  • 1997 Ewart G Abner Jr, president (Motown Records), dies at 74
  • 1997 Tom Hudson, artist/teacher, dies at 75
  • 1997 Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
  • 2005 William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)

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2007 Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan is assassinated at 54

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 2007 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2012 Valentin Boreyko, Russian rower, dies at 79
  • 2012 Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr, US Army General, dies from complications from pneumonia at 78
  • 2015 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93