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Famous Deaths on November 27

Person of interestHorace

8 BC Horace, Roman Republican poet (Odes), dies at 56

Roman Poet Horace
Roman Poet
Horace
  • 450 Galla Placidia, daughter of Byzant emperor Constantius III, dies at 58
  • 511 Clovis, 1st King of France, dies at about 45
  • 640 Saint Acharius of Noyon, French bishop of Noyon–Tournai, dies of natural causes
  • 835 Muhammad at-Taqi, Muslim Shia Imam, dies at 24
  • 1026 Adalbert II, bishop of Utrecht (1010-26), dies
  • 1198 Queen Constance of Sicily, wife of Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1154)
  • 1474 Guillaume Dufay, French Flemish composer, dies at about 74
  • 1570 Jacopo Sansovino, Italian sculptor and architect (b. 1486)
  • 1592 Nakagawa Hidemasa, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1568)
  • 1632 John Eliot, English parliament leader, dies at 40
  • 1673 Anthonie Palamedes [Palamedesz], Dutch painter, dies at about 72
  • 1680 Athanasius Kircher, German Jesuit priest and inventor (magic lantern), dies at 79
  • 1720 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies), dies at 85
  • 1749 Balthasar Schmid, German composer and printer, dies at 44
  • 1749 Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, German composer and librettist, dies at 59

  • 1754 Abraham de Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre's theorem), dies at 87
  • 1811 Andrew Meikle, British mechanical engineer (b. 1719)
  • 1836 Carle Vernet, French painter and lithographer, dies at 78

Person of interestAda Lovelace

1852 Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and writer and daughter of poet Lord Byron, considered the first computer programmer, dies of uterine cancer at 36

Mathematician and Computer Programmer Ada Lovelace
Mathematician and Computer Programmer
Ada Lovelace
  • 1884 Franziska "Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina/choreography, dies at 74
  • 1890 Emanuele Muzio, Italian composer, dies at 69
  • 1894 Johanna von Puttkamer, Prussian noblewoman, wife of Otto von Bismarck (b. 1824)
  • 1899 Felipe Gutiérrez Y Espinosa, Puerto Rican composer, dies at 74
  • 1899 Guido Gezelle, Flemish priest and poet, dies at 69
  • 1901 Clement Studebaker, American automobile manufacturer (b. 1831)
  • 1908 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist, dies at 81
  • 1915 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • 1916 James Cutler Dunn Parker, composer, dies at 88
  • 1921 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician (b. 1854)
  • 1925 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor and painter, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1930 Johnny Tyldesley, English cricketer (brother of Ernest, 1661 runs in 31 Tests for England), dies at 57
  • 1931 Lya De Putti [Amália Putti], Hungarian silent film actress, known for portraying vamp characters, dies at 34
  • 1932 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), dies at 36
  • 1934 "Baby Face" Nelson [Lester Gillis], American bank robber and gangster, shot by the FBI in a shoot out at 25
  • 1934 Herman Hollis, FBI agent, shot and killed by Baby Face Nelson

  • 1934 Sam Cowley, FBI agent, shot and killed by Baby Face Nelson
  • 1942 Arthur Langton, South African cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 40 wickets), dies in a military air crash at 30
  • 1943 Ivo Lola Ribar, Croatian communist and partisan, killed by a German bomb at 27
  • 1944 Leonid Isaakovich Mandelshtam, Russian physicist (b. 1879)
  • 1949 Tom Walls, British actor and producer (A Cuckoo in the Nest, Undercover), dies at 66
  • 1950 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), dies at 80

Person of interestEugene O'Neill

1953 Eugene O'Neill, American playwright (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), dies of cerebellar cortical atrophy at 65

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill

Person of interestArthur Honegger

1955 Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (King David, Pacific 231), dies of a heart attack at 63

Composer Arthur Honegger
Composer
Arthur Honegger
  • 1955 Luis de Freitas Branco, Portuguese composer, dies at 65
  • 1955 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), dies at 74
  • 1957 Margo Scharten-Antink, Dutch writer (Catherina, Sprotje), dies at 88
  • 1958 Artur Rodzinski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 66
  • 1959 Gérard Philipe, French actor (Caligula, Devil in the Flesh), dies of cancer at 36
  • 1960 Dirk Jan de Geer, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1926-29, 39-40), dies at 89
  • 1960 Frederick Fane, English cricketer (682 runs in 14 Tests for Eng 1905-10), dies at 85
  • 1965 Carl Parrish, American composer, dies at 61
  • 1967 Cameron Prud'Homme, American actor (Rainmaker), dies after long illness at 75
  • 1967 Ettore Panizza, Argentinian composer and conductor, dies at 92
  • 1968 Gino Roncaglia, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • 1968 Hans Redlich, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • 1971 Jekabs Medinš, Latvian composer, dies at 86
  • 1971 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literary figure and art historian, dies at 70
  • 1971 Joe Guyon, American NFL halfback (Canton, Cleveland, Oorang, Rock I, etc), dies at 79
  • 1973 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • 1974 Louis B Russell Jr, American longest living heart transplant, dies at 49
  • 1975 Ross McWhirter, English Guinness Book of Records co-founder, assassinated by the IRA at 50
  • 1976 Victor Alessandro, American orchestral conductor (Oklahoma City; San Antonio) dies on his 61st birthday
  • 1977 John Little McClellan, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark), dies at 81
  • 1978 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco (1976-78) shot and killed by Dan White aged 49

MurderHarvey Milk

1978 Harvey Milk, first openly gay person to be elected to public office, assassinated by Dan White at 48

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • 1980 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)
  • 1981 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • 1982 Filip Kutev, Bulgarian composer (State Ensemble for Folk Song and Dance), dies at 79
  • 1983 Manuel Scorza, Peruvian writer, dies at about 55
  • 1984 Percy Norris, deputy high commissioner of India, shot dead
  • 1985 Harry Harvey Sr, American actor (It's a Man's World), dies at 84
  • 1986 Steve Tracy, actor (Percival-Little House on Praire), dies at 61
  • 1987 Babe [Floyd Caves] Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average), dies at 84
  • 1988 Angela Aames, actress (Lost Empire, Basic Training), dies
  • 1988 John Carradine, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Stagecoach, Howling), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • 1988 Karel Horky, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, dies at 61
  • 1990 David White, American actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched), dies of heart attack at 74
  • 1992 Ivan Generalić, Croatian painter (b. 1914)
  • 1993 Jerry Hunt, American composer, commits suicide at 49
  • 1994 Arthur Frank "Peter" Shore, egyptologist, dies at 70
  • 1994 Fernando Lopes-Graça, Portuguese composer and musicologist (b. 1906)
  • 1995 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist, dies at 60
  • 1995 Peter Harrison Swan, bomber pilot/stockbroker, dies at 75
  • 1995 Simon Bailey, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, dies at 40
  • 1996 George Ernest Leslie, trade union official, dies at 76
  • 1997 Buck Leonard, Hall of Famer in Negro League, dies at 90
  • 1997 Henry Charnock, oceanographer, dies at 76
  • 1998 Barbara Acklin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • 1999 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)

  • 1999 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and author (b. 1925)
  • 2000 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, dies at 78
  • 2000 Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (Kryptonite), dies at 87
  • 2003 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian composer, dies at 89
  • 2005 Jocelyn Brando, American actress (The Big Heat, Ugly American, China Venture), dies at 86
  • 2005 Joe Jones, American R&B singer (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Don Butterfield, American tuba player (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Alan Freeman, British disc jockey known by his nickname 'Fluff' (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Bebe Moore Campbell, American author (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Casey Coleman, American sportscaster (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), dies at 86
  • 2007 Robert Cade, American physician and inventor of Gatorade, dies at 80
  • 2007 Bernie Banton, Australian asbestos campaigner (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Sean Taylor, American NFL free safety (Pro Bowl 2006, 07; All Pro 2007; Washington Redskins), dies when shot by an armed intruder at 24
  • 2007 Bill Moor [William Hendrickson Moor III], American actor (Kramer vs. Kramer, The Devil's Advocate, Hanky Panky), dies at 76
  • 2008 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), dies at 77
  • 2008 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), dies at 56
  • 2010 Irvin Kershner, American director (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Gary Speed, Welsh footballer and Wales national football team manager, dies at 42
  • 2011 Sultan Khan, Indian classical musician, dies at 71
  • 2011 Ken Russell, British film director (Tommy, Altered States, Gothic), dies at 84
  • 2012 Marvin Miller, American baseball executive (Major League Baseball Players Association 1966-1982), dies at 95
  • 2012 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), dies at 87
  • 2012 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), dies at 86
  • 2013 Lewis Collins, British actor, dies from cancer at 67
  • 2013 Nilton Santos, Brazilian footballer, dies from a lung infection at 88
  • 2014 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime and mystery writer (Cover Her Face, Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • 2014 Phillip Hughes, Australian cricketer, dies in a coma after being hit by cricket ball 2 days earlier at 25

Person of interestStephen Hillenburg

2018 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist (SpongeBob SquarePants), dies of ALS syndrome at 51

Cartoonist and Voice Actor Stephen Hillenburg
Cartoonist and Voice Actor
Stephen Hillenburg
  • 2020 Kevin Burnham, American sailor (Olympic gold 470 class 2004; silver 470 1992), dies from pulmonary disease at 63
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