Famous Deaths on December 27

  • 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
  • 1595 Pietro Pontio, Italian composer (Ragionamento di Musica), dies at 63
  • 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, British critic/poet/essayist (Essays of Elia), dies at 59

Person of interestStephen F. Austin

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
  • 1858 Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer, dies at 73
  • 1877 Nikolai A Nekrasov, Russian poet (Metshty into Zvuki), dies at 56
  • 1880 Alessandro Nini, composer, dies at 75
  • 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)
  • 1916 Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov'yov, composer, dies at 70
  • 1919 Achilles Alferaki, composer, dies at 73
  • 1919 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch lib premier (1905-08), dies at 68

Person of interestGustave Eiffel

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)
  • 1930 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), dies at 63
  • 1931 Peter Christian Lutkin, composer, dies at 73
  • 1931 Walter Courvoisier, composer, dies at 56
  • 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)
  • 1944 Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, American composer and pianist, dies at 77
  • 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)
  • 1957 Alan Bridge, actor (Hail the Conquering Hero), dies at 66
  • 1959 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70
  • 1965 Edgar Ende, German painter (b. 1901)

  • 1966 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)

Person of interestLester B. Pearson

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
  • 1974 Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), dies at 76
  • 1978 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62
  • 1978 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27
  • 1978 Houari Boumédienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
  • 1979 Hafizullah Amin, Afghan politician (President of Afghanistan, 1979), killed by Russian forces in a coup during Soviet invasion at 50
  • 1981 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • 1982 John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1983 Walter Scott, rocker, dies
  • 1985 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda
  • 1986 Lars-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies at 78
  • 1987 Priscilla Dean, actress (Outside the Law), dies of injuries at 91
  • 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 Fox Harris, actor (Alienator, Warlords, Sid & Nancy), dies
  • 1988 Hall Ashby, US director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • 1991 Edward M Love, choreographer/dancer, dies of AIDS at 43
  • 1991 John Morgan Evans, actor, dies after lengthy illness at 49
  • 1991 W Hudson, US "strongest man to the world" (540 kg), dies
  • 1992 Cardew "the Cad" [Douglas] Robinson, English comedian (Alfie), dies at 75
  • 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 Schiller, West German economist and politician, dies at 83
  • 1994 Peter May, English cricketer (4537 runs-Eng 1951-61), dies at 64
  • 1994 Sadi de Gorter, Dutch author/diplomat (Abscess), dies at 82
  • 1994 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)
  • 1995 Jeremy John Beadle, British critic, writer and broadcaster, dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1995 Peter Refn, Danish journalist/director (Violets are Blue), dies at 54
  • 1995 Shura Cherkassky, pianist, dies at 86
  • 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)
  • 2002 George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 2005 William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)

Person of interestBenazir Bhutto

2007 Benazir Bhutto, 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, assassinated in Rawalpindi by a suicide bomber at 54

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 2007 Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • 2012 Valentin Boreyko, Russian rower, dies at 79
  • 2012 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2012 Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr, US Army General, dies from complications from pneumonia at 78
  • 2015 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • 2015 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • 2015 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93
  • 2015 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 88

Person of interestCarrie Fisher

2016 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher