On This Day

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 Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria (1358-65), dies at 25
  • 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, French mathematician and astronomer (Système de la nature), 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
  • 1833 Bartolommea Capitanio, Italian monastery founder/saint, dies at 26
  • 1833 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, dies at 59
  • 1841 Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and writer (Demon & other poems), dies at 26

Person of interestJohn Dalton

1844 John Dalton, English physicist and chemist who developed the atomic theory of matter and researched colour blindness, dies at 77

Chemist, Physicist and Meteorologist John Dalton
Chemist, Physicist and Meteorologist
John Dalton
  • 1863 William Lowndes Yancey, American Confederate leader (b. 1813)
  • 1864 Margaret E Breckinridge, US nurse/daughter of VP John, dies
  • 1864 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), dies at 54
  • 1876 Walter Channing, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth, dies at 90
  • 1881 Johann Christian Lobe, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1883 Albert Franz Doppler, Austrian flautist and composer, dies at 61
  • 1883 Montgomery Blair, American lawyer (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 70
  • 1905 Robert Bullock, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76
  • 1907 Edward Pettus, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 86
  • 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, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 91
  • 1948 Woolf Barnato, British financier and racing driver, dies at 52
  • 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, American 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 [Pape], British actress (Invitation to the Waltz; Congress Dance), dies of liver failure at 62
  • 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
  • 1972 Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Austrian-Japanese politician, dies at 77
  • 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 of splenomegaly 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, American film director (Ben-Hur, Mrs Miniver), 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
  • 1984 Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Spanish literary and poet (Lorca), dies at 75
  • 1985 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • 1986 Leroy Holmes, American orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • 1987 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 1988 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • 1988 Brigitte Horney, German actress (Das Erbe der Guldenburgs), dies at 77
  • 1990 Bobby Day [Robert Byrd], 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, American gospel singer-songwriter (Sky Pilot Choir - Sweet, Sweet Spirit), 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 (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), dies of arrhythmia 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 and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
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)
  • 2007 Roland Gaucher, French journalist, dies at 88
  • 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
  • 2011 Ágota Kristóf, Hungarian writer (The Notebook), dies at 75
  • 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 and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), dies at 73
  • 2018 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), dies of a heart attack at 85
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