On This Day

Famous Deaths on September 27

  • 1249 Count Raymond VII of Toulouse (b. 1197)
  • 1259 Ezzeline III da Romano, gentleman of Verona/"cruel monster", dies
  • 1404 William of Wykeham, chancellor/Bishop of Winchester, dies
  • 1557 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (b. 1497)
  • 1566 Marcus A Vida, [Marcus Hieronymus], Italian humanist/poet/bishop, dies
  • 1590 Urban VII, [Giambattista Castagna], Italian Pope (1590), dies
  • 1612 Piotr Skarga, Polish theology/PM (Sanctity of Life), dies at 76
  • 1615 Arbella Stuart, English great-great-granddaughter of King Henry VII and possible heir to the throne, dies imprisoned in the Tower of London at 39 or 40
  • 1617 Johan Earnest count of Nassau-Siegen, dies
  • 1641 Francois van d'aerssen, mister of Sommelsdijk and diplomat, dies at 69
  • 1651 Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, dies at 78
  • 1660 Vincent de Paul, French Roman Catholic Saint, dies at 79
  • 1674 Robert Arnauld d'andilly, French literary figure, financier and translator, dies at 85
  • 1674 Thomas Traherne, English poet and mystic (Roman Forgeries), dies
  • 1700 Innocent XII [Antonio Pignatelli], Pope (1691-1700), dies at 85
  • 1719 George Smalridge, English Bishop of Bristol (b. 1662)

  • 1730 Laurence Eusden, English poet, Poet Laureate (1718-30), dies at 42
  • 1735 Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist (b. 1705)
  • 1737 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor, dies at 57
  • 1742 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (b. 1672)
  • 1783 Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (b. 1730)
  • 1784 Boniface Stoecki, composer, dies at 38
  • 1808 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 79
  • 1821 Luis Brión, Curacaos military officer who fought in the Venezuelan War of Independence, dies at 39
  • 1831 Henry van Wine, archivist/founder General Rijksarchief, dies at 91
  • 1831 Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen, murdered at 55
  • 1832 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher, dies at 51
  • 1844 Charles Nodier, French writer (History du chien the Brisquet), dies at 63
  • 1868 Alexander Walewski, French earl and Foreign Minister, dies at 58
  • 1870 Henry TP Comstock, Canadian silver prospector, dies at 50
  • 1876 Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (b. 1817)
  • 1883 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer (founded Brahmo Sabha), dies at 61
  • 1886 John Esten Cooke, American novelist (The Virginia Comedians) and Confederate States Army, dies at 55
  • 1891 Ivan Goncharov, Russian author (b. 1812)
  • 1903 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), dies at 92
  • 1911 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist and petrologist, dies at 67

  • 1915 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • 1915 Kaspar C E Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austrian sculptor, dies at 84
  • 1915 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, dies at 57
  • 1916 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian writer (Les Heures du Soir), dies at 61
  • 1917 Edgar Degas, French impressionist painter, sculptor and artist (The Bellelli Family), dies at 83
  • 1919 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1919 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1921 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 1935 Alan Gray, British composer, dies at 79
  • 1940 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1940 Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1942 Douglas Munro, only US Coast Guard with WW II-Med of Honor, dies
  • 1943 Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • 1943 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis, soccer player (Wimbledon 1890; Ireland 1 cap), dies at 78
  • 1944 Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist (Pentecostal), dies at 53
  • 1944 Aristide Maillol, French sculptor and graphic artist, dies in car crash at 82
  • 1944 Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Russian photographer and chemist, dies at 81
  • 1948 Frank Cellier, British actor (Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), dies from ill health at 64
  • 1953 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter and caricaturist (Rocks of Oran), dies at 72
  • 1955 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • 1956 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis
  • 1956 Milburn G. Apt, American test pilot, 1st person to exceed Mach 3, killed in a X-2 rocket plane reaching 3370 kph, dies in the crash at 32
  • 1956 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), dies of colon cancer at 45
  • 1960 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, dies at 78
  • 1961 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • 1962 Francisco Brochado da Rocha, Prime Minister of Brazil (1962), dies at 52

Person of interestClara Bow

1965 Clara Bow, American actress (It), dies at 60

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • 1965 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • 1967 Felix Yussupov, Russian aristocrat, dies at 80
  • 1969 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81
  • 1972 Rory Storm, lead singer (Rory Storm & Hurricane), commits suicide
  • 1972 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • 1974 Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • 1975 Mark Frechette, actor (Zabriskie Point, Uomini Contro), dies at 27
  • 1975 Jack Lang, Australian politician (b. 1876)
  • 1976 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1977 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), dies at 93
  • 1979 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 1979 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • 1981 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • 1981 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77
  • 1982 Saad Sayd, [Abu Walid], Palestinian commandant in Lebanon, dies
  • 1983 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • 1984 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • 1985 Lloyd Nolan American, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1986 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1988 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • 1991 Huib Orizand, Dutch actor (Paul Vlanderen), dies
  • 1991 Jan Hart, director (Friends of Curacao), dies
  • 1991 Oona Chaplin, daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies at 66
  • 1992 Keith Prentice, American actor (Boys in the Band), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1992 Ray Gill, American actor (Prelude to a Kiss), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992 Wim Van Exter, founder Unity Profession Central (1944), dies
  • 1993 Andrei Solovyiov, Russian photographer, dies in battle at 38

Person of interestJimmy Doolittle

1993 James Doolittle, US air force general (Tokyo 1942), dies at 96

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle

  • 1994 Gerald Bledsoe, American broadcaster (Soul Alive, WWRL), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1994 Guiseppe Martelli, Italian physicist, dies at 71
  • 1994 Ruth Niehaus, German actress, dies at 69
  • 1995 Alison "Night Bird" Steele, DJ (WNEW-FM, WXRK-FM), dies of cancer
  • 1995 Christopher Shaw, British composer, dies at 71
  • 1996 Mohammad Najibullah, President of Afghanistan (1987-92), executed at 49
  • 1997 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 82
  • 1998 Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)
  • 1998 Narita Brian, Japanese racehorse, world's top earner until 2000 (b. 1991)
  • 2003 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • 2003 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • 2004 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), dies at 67
  • 2005 Ronald Golias, Brazilian comedian and actor (A Família Trapo), dies at 76
  • 2007 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

2009 William Safire, American Columnist, dies at 79

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • 2010 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), dies at 83
  • 2010 Balaji Sadasivan, Singaporean politician and neurosurgeon (b. 1955)
  • 2011 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), dies of emphysema at 74
  • 2011 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • 2012 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2012 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • 2012 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), dies at 95
  • 2013 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), dies at 74
  • 2013 Jay Robinson, American actor (Born Again, Malibu Bikini Shop), dies at 83
  • 2014 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73
  • 2014 "Anna Davies, Italian philologist and Professor of Comparative Philology (Oxford U), dies at 77
  • 2015 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • 2015 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • 2015 Wilton Felder, American saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies at 75

Person of interestHugh Hefner

2017 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), dies of natural causes at 91

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 2017 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • 2017 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), dies at 94
  • 2018 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), dies at 76