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Famous Deaths on June 27

  • 444 Cyrillus van Alexandria, patriarch of Alexandria, dies
  • 1137 Guigo de Castro [Venerabilis], 5th prior of Grande Chartreuse, dies
  • 1162 Eudes II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1118)
  • 1296 Floris V, count of Holland & Zeeland, dies

Person of interestAlfonso V of Aragon

1458 Alfonso V, King of Aragon/Sicily/Naples (Alfonso I), dies

  • 1543 Agnolo Firenzuola, Italian poet and litterateur, dies at 49
  • 1574 Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and art historian (Vasari's Lives), dies at 62
  • 1603 Jan Dymitr Solikowski, Polish archbishop and diplomat (b. 1539)
  • 1627 John Hayward, English historian
  • 1638 Lukaris Cyrillus, patriarch of Alexandria/Constantinople, dies
  • 1641 Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter, dies at 74
  • 1654 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg), dies at 67
  • 1672 Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist, dies at 74
  • 1679 Pablo Bruna, Spanish blind composer, dies at 68
  • 1720 Guillaume Amfrye de Chaulieu, French poet (b. 1639)
  • 1757 Willem Gideon Deutz, Amsterdam regent, banker and merchant, dies at 59

  • 1773 Mentewab, dowager Empress of Ethiopia (b. circa 1706)
  • 1776 Thomas Hickey, plan to hand George Washington to British, executed
  • 1785 Egbert de Free Temminck, Amsterdam regent, dies at 84
  • 1794 Wenzel Anton Graf Kaunitz, Austrian statesman (b. 1711)
  • 1794 Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (b. 1715)
  • 1814 Johann Friedrich Reichardt, German composer, dies at 61
  • 1827 Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, German theologian (b. 1754)
  • 1829 James Smithson, dies, his will establishes Smithsonian Institute
  • 1829 Louis-Sébastien Lebrun, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1832 Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisla, composer, dies at 72
  • 1839 Ranjit Singh, gov of Lahore, dies

Person of interestJoseph Smith

1844 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the LDS, shot by a mob at 38

Religious Leader Joseph Smith
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith
  • 1848 Denis-Auguste Affre, Archbishop of Paris (1840-48) and opponent of King Louis-Philippe, shot to death at 54
  • 1848 Heinrich Zschokke, German Swiss writer, dies at 77
  • 1859 Jean Chrétien Baud, Dutch gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1834-36), dies at 69
  • 1862 Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, Confederate major, dies in battle at about 35
  • 1863 Martin E Green, Confederate brigadier general, shot dead at 38
  • 1864 Charles Garrison Harker, US Union-brigadier general, dies in battle at 26
  • 1873 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), dies at 67

  • 1876 Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, German naturalist and zoologist (micro-organisms), dies at 81
  • 1876 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, dies at 74
  • 1889 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, dies at 48
  • 1889 Whitney Eugene Thayer, American composer, dies at 50
  • 1905 Harold Mahony, Scottish tennis player (Wimbledon 1896), dies in a bicycling accident at 38
  • 1907 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American educator and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College, dies at 84
  • 1912 George Bonnor, cricketer (once ran three before he was caught), dies
  • 1917 Gustav von Schmolle, German economist (Historical School), dies at 79
  • 1917 Karl Allmenröder, German World War I flying Ace, dies at 21
  • 1917 Gustav von Schmoller, German economist (Lectern Socialism), dies at 79
  • 1920 Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French-Canadian lyricist (O Canada), dies at 81
  • 1934 Max Pallenberg, Austrian extempore farce actor (Morn to Midnight), husband of Operetta star Fritzi Massary, dies in air crash at 56
  • 1935 Eugene Augustin Lauste, French inventor (b. 1857)
  • 1944 Werner Wehrli, composer, dies at 52
  • 1944 Milan Hodža, Slovak politician (b. 1878)
  • 1948 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92
  • 1950 Milada Horakova, Czech advocate/anti fascist, hanged
  • 1952 Max Dehn, German mathematician (Dehn’s lemma), dies at 73
  • 1954 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 83
  • 1957 Malcolm Lowry, English writer (Ultramarine), dies at 48
  • 1958 Robert Greig, Australian actor (Sullivan's Travels, Horse Feathers), dies at 78
  • 1960 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69
  • 1960 Lottie Dod, British all-round athlete (Wimbledon 1887-88, 1891-93), dies at 88
  • 1961 Paul Guilfoyle, American actor and director (White Heat, Cyrano de Bergerac), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1961 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, dies of cancer at 52
  • 1962 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, dies at 58
  • 1964 Daniel Lazarus, French composer, dies at 65
  • 1965 Anthony Veiller, writer, dies at 62
  • 1966 Arthur D Waley [Schloss], British sinology/poet (Monkey), dies
  • 1968 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for South Africa), dies at 87
  • 1969 Richard Vance Maxfield, composer, dies at 42
  • 1970 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • 1973 Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
  • 1974 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, dies at 80
  • 1982 Jack Mullaney, American actor (My Living Doll, It's About Time), dies at 49
  • 1983 Don Ida, balloonists, dies during a race
  • 1983 Maxie Anderson, balloonists, dies during a race
  • 1985 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), dies at 53
  • 1986 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • 1986 Edna Mae Cooper, actress (Folly of Vanity, Grounds for Divorce), dies
  • 1986 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 81
  • 1986 Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • 1986 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • 1988 Léonie Adams, American poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • 1989 A. J. Ayer, English Neopositivist philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies at 78
  • 1989 Jack Beutel, actor (The Outlaw), dies
  • 1991 Klas Bruinsma, leader criminal organization, murdered
  • 1991 Willem J [Molly] Geertsema, liberal/foreign minister), dies
  • 1991 Milton Subotsky, American screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 1992 Allan Jones, American actor and singer (A Day at the Races, Showboat), dies at 84
  • 1992 Sandy Amoros, Bkln Dodger, dies at 62 of pneumonia
  • 1992 Stefanie Ann Sargent, guitarist (7 Year Bitch), dies of overdose at 24
  • 1993 Wolfgang Grams, German RAF-terrorist, shot to death at 40
  • 1994 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), dies at 67
  • 1995 Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 61

  • 1995 Efrem Kurtz, Russian conductor (Houston Symph 1948-54), dies at 94
  • 1996 Alberto Romero "Cubby" Broccoli, American film producer (James Bond), dies at 87
  • 1996 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier, dies at 85
  • 1998 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • 1998 Boris Nikolayevich Belousov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 67
  • 1998 Desmond Heap, British lawyer and authority on British planning law, dies at 90
  • 1999 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), dies at 79
  • 1999 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), commits suicide at 57
  • 1999 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (head of the military coup d'état that took place in Greece on 21 April 1967), dies at 80
  • 1999 Einar Englund, Finnish composer, dies at 83
  • 2000 Larry Kelley, American college football end (Heisman Trophy 1936; unanimous All-American 1936; Yale), commits suicide at 85

Person of interestTove Jansson

2001 Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), dies at 86

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson

Person of interestJack Lemmon

2001 Jack Lemmon, American actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), dies of colon cancer and metastatic cancer of the bladder at 76

  • 2002 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • 2003 David Newman, American filmmaker (b. 1937)
  • 2004 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • 2004 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, dies of Parkinson's disease at 80
  • 2005 Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Frank Harte, Traditional Irish Singer and song collector
  • 2005 John T. Walton, American businessman (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Ray Holmes, Battle of Britain veteran (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)
  • 2006 Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Mexican serial killer, known as "The Railway Killer" (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Patrick Allotey, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2007 Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian poet (b. 1905)
  • 2007 William Hutt, Canadian stage and film actor (b. 1920)
  • 2008 Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • 2008 Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
  • 2009 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer and actress (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show), dies at 87
  • 2009 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)

  • 2010 Dolph Briscoe, American businessman and 41st Governor of Texas (1973-79), dies at 87
  • 2011 Mike Doyle, English former footballer (b. 1946)
  • 2011 Elaine Stewart, American actress and model (The Bad and the Beautiful, Take the High Ground), dies at 81
  • 2011 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), dies at 83
  • 2011 Gisèle Rabesahala, Malagasy politician (1st female minister) and human righter activist, dies at 82
  • 2012 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), dies from cancer at 68
  • 2013 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), dies at 92
  • 2013 Henrik Otto Donner, Finnish trumpeter, and avant garde and film score composer, dies at 73
  • 2014 Bobby Womack, American Hall of Fame R&B singer, dies at 70
  • 2015 Chris Squire, English rock bassist (Yes), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2016 Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), dies at 87
  • 2016 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), dies at 82
  • 2016 Bud Spencer, Italian actor (Aladdin, Extralarge, Go For It), dies at 86
  • 2018 Joe Jackson, American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family, dies at 89
  • 2020 Ilija Petković, Serbian soccer midfielder (43 caps, Yugoslavia; Troyes, OFK Beograd) and manager (Serbia & Montenegro), dies from COVID-19 at 74
  • 2020 Mihai Romilă, Romanian soccer midfielder (19 caps; Politehnica Iași 367 games), dies at 69
  • 2020 Linda Cristal, Argentinian actress (High Chapparal), dies at 89
  • 2020 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94
June 27 Highlights