Famous People Who Died in 1927

  • Jan 3 Carle David Tolmé Runge, German mathematician and physicist, dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Houston Stewart Chamberlain, British-German philosopher (wrote works about political philosophy and natural science), dies at 71
  • Jan 11 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish Indologist and scholar, dies at 41

Juliette Gordon LowJuliette Gordon Low (1860-1927)

Jan 17 American activist and founder of the Girl Scouts of America, dies of breast cancer at 66

  • Jan 19 Carlota of Mexico, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67), dies at 86
  • Jan 19 Jim McLaughlin, American Hall of Fame thoroughbred jockey (Kentucky Derby 1881, Preakness Stakes 1885, 6 x Belmont Stakes), dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Floris H Verster, Dutch painter/cartoonist/etcher, dies at 65
  • Jan 22 John McCausland, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 90
  • Jan 27 Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (Matulewicz), Lithuanian bishop
  • Jan 27 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • Jan 30 Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 4 Thomas Laub, Danish organist and composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Inayat Khan, Indian singer, musicologist, and philosopher (founder of Sufi Order - London, 1914), dies at 44
  • Feb 6 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • Feb 13 Brooks Adams, American philosopher (New Empire), dies at 78
  • Feb 16 Friedrich Reinitzer, Austrian chemist and botanist (discovered properties of liquid crystals), dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Georg Brandes [Cohen], Danish literary-historian and critic, dies at 85
  • Feb 19 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), dies at 79
  • Feb 26 Willie Simms, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1893, 94; Kentucky Derby 1896, 98; Preakness Stakes 1898; Belmont Stakes 1893, 94), dies at 57
  • Mar 3 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • Mar 3 Mikhail Artsybashev, Russian writer (b. 1878)
  • Mar 4 Ira Remsen American chemist (b. 1846)
  • Mar 5 Franz Mertens, German mathematician (b. 1840)
  • Mar 12 Arthur Bernard Deacon, British anthropologist (Malekula: A Vanishing People in the New Hebrides), dies of blackwater fever (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 James Scott Skinner, Scottish fiddler and composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 23 Paul César Helleu, French artist (b. 1859)
  • Mar 27 Joe Start, American baseball player, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • Apr 10 Ivo Bligh, British noble (8th Earl of Darnley) and cricket batsman (4 Tests; first England captain v Australia 1882-83), dies at 68
  • Apr 10 Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell), American boxer (world featherweight champion 1901-02), dies at 46
  • Apr 15 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Di Giacomo), dies at 47
  • Apr 15 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 58
  • May 2 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (Frank–Starling law of the heart), dies at 61
  • May 5 Charles Boissevain, Dutch editor of Amsterdam Algemeen Handelsblad (1885-1908), dies at 84
  • May 9 Tommy Routledge, South African cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies at 60
  • May 11 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter, dies at 40
  • May 17 Harold Geiger, U.S. Army aviation pioneer (b. 1884)
  • May 18 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (Bath School disaster), commits suicide at 55 after killing his wife and blowing up a school
  • May 25 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • May 28 Boris Kustodiev, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • May 28 Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Belgian Kempen), dies at 73
  • Jun 1 J. B. Bury, Irish historian (b. 1861)

Lizzie BordenLizzie Borden (1860-1927)

Jun 1 American woman acquitted of the murder of her parents (gave her mother forty whacks), dies of pneumonia at 66

  • Jun 2 Eduard Cuypers, Dutch architect (De Hooge Vuursche), dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 5 Paul Lacombe, French composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 7 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Quebec), dies at 79
  • Jun 7 Voikov, Soviet ambassador to Warsaw, murdered

Victoria WoodhullVictoria Woodhull (1838-1927)

Jun 9 American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), dies at 88

  • Jun 11 William Attewell, English cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), dies at 65
  • Jun 13 Henry CK "Clan" Petty-Fitzmaurice, gov of India (1888-94), dies at 82
  • Jun 14 Jerome K. Jerome, English writer (The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow), dies at 68
  • Jun 14 Johanna Barbiers, Dutch actress (Voddenraper of Paris), dies at 79
  • Jun 14 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), dies at 32
  • Jul 5 Albrecht Kossel, German physician (Nobel 1910), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Gösta Mittag-Leffler, Swedish mathematician (b. 1846)
  • Jul 9 John Drew Jr., American Shakespearean actor (The Big Bonanza), dies at 73
  • Jul 10 Kevin O'Higgins, Irish Free State VP, assassinated at 35
  • Jul 13 James E K Aggrey, Ghana/US theologist, dies
  • Jul 20 Ferdinand I VAM, King of Romania (1914-27), dies at 61
  • Jul 21 J J Lyons, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies at 64
  • Jul 23 Saad Zaghlul, Egyptian parliament chairman, dies at 74
  • Jul 24 Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Japanese writer (b. 1892)
  • Jul 25 Matilde Serao [Tuffolina], Italian writer (Land of Cockayne), dies
  • Jul 30 Robert de Flers, French writer and playwright (Monsieur Bretonneau), dies at 54
  • Jul 31 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), dies at 65
  • Aug 4 John Dillon, Irish nationalist and British Lower house leader, dies at 75
  • Aug 5 Thomas Groube, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; Victoria CA), dies at 69
  • Aug 13 James Oliver Curwood, American journalist and writer (Valley of Silent Men), dies at 49
  • Aug 23 Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Massachusetts
  • Aug 23 Therese Zamara, Austrian harpist and music teacher, dies at 71
  • Aug 28 Li Dazhao [Ta-chao], Chinese intellectual, revolutionary and co-founder of the Chinese Communist Party with Chen Duxiu, executed as a political prisoner at 37
  • Sep 12 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer, dies at 80
  • Sep 12 Walther Amelung, German archaeologist, dies at 61

Isadora DuncanIsadora Duncan (1877-1927)

Sep 14 American free form/interpretative dancer, dies at 50 due to her scarf becoming entangled in her car's wheel

  • Sep 15 Herman Gorter, Dutch socialist and poet (May, Tiny Hero's Poem), dies at 62
  • Sep 19 Michael Peter Ancher, Danish painter (b. 1849)
  • Sep 20 George Nichols, American director and actor (His Favorite Pastime, Star Boarder), dies at 62 or 63
  • Sep 22 Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, dies at 44
  • Sep 29 Arthur Achleitner, German writer, dies at 69
  • Sep 29 Willem Einthoven, Dutch physiologist and inventor of the electrocardiodiogram (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1924), dies at 67
  • Sep 30 Samuel Garman, American zoologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and namesake of a Jamaican lizard, dies at 84
  • Oct 1 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 2 Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist (1903 Nobel Prize for Chemistry), dies at 68
  • Oct 8 Mary Webb, English writer (Gone to Earth), dies at 46
  • Oct 10 Gustave Whitehead, German-born inventor (b. 1874)
  • Oct 20 Mikhail Ivanov, Russian composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 22 Borisav "Bora" Stanković, Serbian writer (b. 1876)
  • Oct 22 Ross Youngs, American Baseball HOF right fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NY Giants), dies of Bright's disease at 30
  • Oct 27 Joseph "Squizzy" Taylor, Australian gangster, dies of wounds following a gunfight with a rival gangster, John "Snowy" Cutmore, at 39
  • Oct 28 Eaton Faning, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 29 Leonard Nelson, German philosopher (Nelson-Friessche Schule), dies at 45
  • Nov 1 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', dies of tuberculosis at 31
  • Nov 3 Karel Matěj Čapek-Chod, Czech journalist (b. 1860)
  • Nov 9 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer, organist, and military bandleader, dies at 77
  • Nov 11 Wilhelm Ludvig Johannsen, Danish Botanist and Geneticist who provided evidence for Hugo de Vries' mutation theory, dies at 70
  • Nov 17 Adolph Joffe, Russian Communist revolutionary and writer (Brest-Litovsk), commits suicide at 44
  • Nov 20 (Carl) Wilhelm Stenhammar, Swedish composer considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Nov 23 Stanisław Przybyszewski, Polish writer and dramatist, dies at 59
  • Nov 26 Jean-Louis Pisuisse, Dutch night club performer (governess), assassinated at 47
  • Nov 28 Arthur Wichmann, German/Dutch geologist (New Guinea), dies
  • Nov 28 C. E. A. Wichmann, German-Dutch geologist, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 George Giffen, Australian cricket all-rounder (31 Tests, 1 x 100, 6 x 50, HS 161, 103 wickets, BB 7/117; SA CA), dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Albert Griffiths ("Young Griffo"), Australian boxer (World Featherweight champion 1890-92), dies of apoplexy at 56
  • Dec 12 Heinrich Reitsch, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 14 Julian Sochocki, Russian-Polish mathematician, dies at 85
  • Dec 16 Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 17 Hubert Harrison, West Indian-American writer and freedom fighter, dies at 44
  • Dec 18 Harry Barrett, British athlete (WR marathon 2:42:31 1909), dies at 47
  • Dec 21 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies
  • Dec 25 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian Foreign minister (1910-16), dies at 66