Famous Deaths on July 27

  • 82 St Joseph of Arimathea, dies
  • 432 Celestine I, Italian Pope (422-32), dies
  • 916 Kliment/Clemens van Ohrid, Bulgaria bishop of Ohrid/saint, dies
  • 1101 Conrad II, King of Germany and Italy (b. 1074)
  • 1128 Willem van Normandia, earl of Flanders, dies in battle
  • 1214 Eustaes van Machelen, Flemish knight, dies in battle
  • 1214 Stefan van Longchamp, French knight, dies in battle
  • 1227 Otto II van Lippe, bishop of Utrecht (1216-27), dies
  • 1233 Ferrand of Portugal, earl of Flanders, dies at 45
  • 1276 King James I of Aragon (b. 1208)
  • 1365 Duke Rudolf IV of Austria (b. 1339)
  • 1498 Vespasiano da' Bisticci, Italian book seller/writer, dies at about 77
  • 1638 Johan VIII de Jongere, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 54
  • 1656 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (b. 1593)
  • 1675 Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, Marshal of France, dies at 63
  • 1689 John Graham, of Claverhouse, 1st viscount Dundee/soldier, fatally wounded at the Battle of Killiecrankie at 41
  • 1720 Johann Samuel Welter, German composer, dies at 69
  • 1759 Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, biologist/astronomer, dies at 60
  • 1770 Robert Dinwiddie, British colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1693)
  • 1777 William Hayes, English composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1783 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, dies at 62
  • 1811 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, father of Mexican independence, executed at 58
  • 1822 Joseph Supries, composer, dies at 60
  • 1828 Gilbert Charles Stuart, painter, dies
  • 1833 Bartolommea Capitanio, Italian monastery founder/saint, dies at 26
  • 1833 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, dies at 59
  • 1841 Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, poet/novelist, dies
  • 1844 John Dalton, English physicist and chemist (molecular theorist), dies at 77
  • 1863 William Lowndes Yancey, American Confederate leader (b. 1813)
  • 1864 Margaret E Breckinridge, US nurse/daughter of VP John, dies
  • 1876 Walter Channing, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth, dies at 90
  • 1881 Johann Christian Lobe, composer, dies at 84
  • 1883 Albert Franz Doppler, composer, dies at 61
  • 1883 Montgomery Blair, American lawyer (Dred Scott V Sandford), dies at 70
  • 1916 Charles Fryatt, British capt of SS Brussels, executed by Germans, dies
  • 1917 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), dies at 75
  • 1924 Ferruccio Busoni, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 58
  • 1929 Raoul Pictet, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics, dies at 83
  • 1931 Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (b. 1848)
  • 1933 James E. Talmage, English religious leader (LDS Church apostle), dies at 70
  • 1934 Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17), dies at 79
  • 1941 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist, dies at 83
  • 1942 William Matthew Finders Petrie, Egyptologist, dies
  • 1943 Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (1st Currie Cup-winning captain), dies
  • 1943 H B G Austin, cricketer (capt of 1923 WI team to England), dies
  • 1944 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer, dies at 68
  • 1946 Gertrude Stein, US/Fren author/poet (Ida, Tender Buttons), dies at 72
  • 1948 Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • 1948 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (b. 1898)
  • 1948 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, dies at 68
  • 1952 Roland Pope, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies

  • 1952 W de Basil, [US Voskresenski], Russian ballet dancer, dies
  • 1956 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep (12 Tests for South Africa 1910-28), dies at 73
  • 1958 Claire Chennault, American military leader, dies at 64
  • 1961 Theodore Chanler, composer, dies at 59
  • 1962 Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • 1962 Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • 1962 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • 1962 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), dies at 61
  • 1963 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • 1965 Henri Daniel-Rops, French writer and historian (b. 1901)
  • 1968 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies
  • 1968 Lillian Harvey, actress (Invitation to the Waltz), dies at 61
  • 1968 Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)
  • 1970 António de Oliveira Salazar, Dictator of Portugal (1932-68) who founded and controlled the Estado Novo (New State), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 81
  • 1971 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor/composer, dies at 83
  • 1974 Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61
  • 1976 Ray Brennan, retired US Air Force captain, American Legion bookkeeper and the 1st American to die of "Legionnaire's Disease", dies of an apparent heart attack at 61
  • 1977 Jacob Marschak, Ukrainian-American economist (econometrics), dies at 79
  • 1978 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • 1978 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), dies at 70
  • 1979 Ettore Manni, Italian actor (Street People, Divine Nymph, Fatal Desire, Heroes in Hell), accidentally shoots himself at 52
  • 1979 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79

Person of interestMohammad Reza Pahlavi

1980 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, last Shah of Iran (Persia) (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • 1981 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • 1981 William Wyler, US director (Ben Hur), dies at 79
  • 1982 Vladimir Smirnov, Russian foil fencer (Olympic gold 1980), dies at 28
  • 1983 Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistani left-arm quick 1965), dies
  • 1984 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1984 Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • 1985 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • 1986 Leroy Holmes, orchestra leader (Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • 1987 Travis Jackson, American baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 83
  • 1988 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • 1988 Brigitte Horney, German actress (Das Erbe der Guldenburgs), dies at 77
  • 1990 Bobby Day, American rock musician (Rockin' Robin), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1990 Elizabeth Allan, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Camille, Java Head), dies
  • 1990 Kim Thomas-Friedland, news anchor (FNN), dies at 32
  • 1990 Nick Pippins, actor (Simon), dies of AIDS at 35
  • 1990 Salim Ali, Indian Ornithologist (Birdman of India), dies at 90
  • 1991 Carol Gillies, actress (Back Home, Baby Boom), dies at 50
  • 1991 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89
  • 1992 Jenny Karezi, Greek actress (Red Lanterns), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1992 Max Dupain, Australian photographer, dies at 81
  • 1993 Reggie Lewis, NBA star (Boston Celtics), dies of heart failure at 27
  • 1994 H Minderop, founder/chairman (TROS-radio/TV), dies
  • 1994 Rosa Chacel, Spanish author, dies at 96
  • 1994 Tatiana Tauer, harpist, dies at 48
  • 1994 Kevin Carter, a South African photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner & member of the Bang-Bang Club, suicide at 33
  • 1995 Charles Hugh Shirley, publisher, dies at 56
  • 1995 Doris Mae Akers, gospel singer/songwriter, dies at 72
  • 1995 Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian-American movie composer (Spellbound, A Double Life , Ben-Hur), dies at 88
  • 1995 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, dies at 89
  • 1996 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • 1996 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, dies at 85
  • 1996 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London), dies at 71
  • 1997 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99
  • 1997 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), dies at 79
  • 1998 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • 1998 Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 69
  • 1999 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, dies at 86
  • 1999 Sweets Edison, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1915)
  • 2000 Gordon Solie, American wrestling commentator (b. 1929)
  • 2000 Val Dufour, American actor (Eugenie Grandet, Another World), dies at 73
  • 2001 Leon Wilkeson, American guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies at 49
  • 2001 Rhonda Singh, professional wrestler (b. 1961)
  • 2003 Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)

Person of interestBob Hope

2003 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 2005 Swami Shantanand, Mahasamadhi Day, Indian Saint, Philosopher (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), dies at 93
  • 2005 Al Held, American painter and sculptor (hard edge-style), dies at 76
  • 2006 Maryann Mahaffey, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Lucky Grills, Australian actor (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Horst Stein, German conductor (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Julius B. Richmond, 12th US Surgeon General (1977-81) created Head Start program, dies at 91
  • 2009 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • 2010 Maury Chaykin, American-born Canadian actor (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Jack Tatum, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2011 Bejaratana Rajasuda, Princess of Thailand (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Richard Rutt, English bishop of Leicester, dies at 85
  • 2012 Norman Alden, American character actor (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2012 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2012 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2012 Tony Martin, American singer, dies from natural causes at 98
  • 2013 Lindy Boggs [Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs], American political administrator, dies from natural causes at 97
  • 2015 A. P. J. [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, Indian scientist and politician, 11th President of India (2002-07), dies at 83
  • 2016 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72
  • 2017 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor/playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), dies at 73