Deaths in History on February 27

  • 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)
  • 1735 John Arbuthnot, physician/mathematician, dies
  • 1779 Jan Nepveu, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59
  • 1844 Nicholas Biddle, US lawyer/diplomat/statesman/financier, dies at 85
  • 1862 Gabriele dell' Addolorata, patron of Italian Catholic youth, dies at 23
  • 1881 George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46

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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
  • 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
  • 1950 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), 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
  • 1958 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack
  • 1960 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer/manufacturer, dies at 58
  • 1964 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • 1968 Johannes Tralow, writer, dies at 85
  • 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)
  • 1977 John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
  • 1981 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)
  • 1985 Henry Cabot Lodge, (Sen-R)/diplomat, dies at 82
  • 1989 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 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
  • 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 George Ian Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
  • 1996 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator, dies at 60
  • 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)
  • 2007 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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