Deaths in History on April 27

  • 630 King Ardashir III of Persia, Sasanian shah of Iran, dies at 9
  • 1076 Willem, bishop of Utrecht (1054-76), murderer of earl Floris I, dies
  • 1404 Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1363-1404), dies at 62

Ferdinand MagellanFerdinand Magellan (1480-1521)

Portuguese explorer, killed by Filipino natives at 50 while on voyage to circumnavigate the world

  • 1599 Maeda Toshiie, Japanese general, dies at 61
  • 1605 Leo XI, Italian Pope (1605), dies at 69
  • 1613 Robert Abercromby, Scottish Jesuit missionary, dies at 77
  • 1625 Mori Terumoto, Japanese warrior, dies at 72
  • 1656 Gerard van Honthorst, Dutch painter, dies at 65
  • 1656 Jan van Goyen, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 60
  • 1682 Theodorus III, Tsar of Russia (1676-82), dies at 21
  • 1694 Johan Georg IV, Elector of Saxony (1691-94), dies at 25

John TrenchardJohn Trenchard (1649-1695)

English radical Whig politician and statesman, dies at 46

  • 1695 Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexican philosopher & poet, and nun, dies at 44
  • 1702 Jean Bart, French naval commander (Escape out of Plymouth), dies at 51
  • 1782 William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, British politician, dies at 72
  • 1794 William Jones, British orientalist & jurist, dies at 47
  • 1813 Zebulon Pike, American brigadier general & explorer (Pike's Peak), dies in battle at 34
  • 1872 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician & author, dies at 70
  • 1881 Ludwig von Benedek, Austrian general, dies at 76

Ralph Waldo EmersonRalph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

American essayist and philosopher (Concord Hymn), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • 1886 Henry Hobson Richardson, American Romanesque revival architect (Thomas Crane Public Library), dies of Bright's disease at 47
  • 1893 John Ballance, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand & the founder of the Liberal Party, dies of intestinal disease after a major surgical operation at 54
  • 1893 John Murray Corse, American general (Union), dies on his 58th birthday
  • 1896 Henry Parkes, Australian politician (longest non-consecutive Premier of the Colony of New South Wales), dies at 80
  • 1902 Julius Sterling Morton, American politician (3rd U.S. Secretary of Agriculture) & founder of Arbor Day, dies at 70
  • 1915 John Labatt, Canadian brewer & businessman (Labatt Brewing Company), dies at 76
  • 1932 Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge), commits suicide at 32 by jumping overboard into the Gulf of Mexico
  • 1936 Frederik August Stoett, Dutch linguist (Dutch Proverbs), dies at 72
  • 1936 Karl Pearson, British statistician (leading founder of the modern field of statistics), dies at 79

Antonio GramsciAntonio Gramsci (1891-1937)

Italian philosopher and Marxist theorist, dies at 46

  • 1938 Edmond Rubbens, Belgian minister to Colonies, dies at 44
  • 1941 Penelope Delta, Greek author, dies at 67
  • 1952 Guido Castelnuovo, Italian mathematician, dies at 86
  • 1959 Gordon Armstrong, American inventor of the baby incubator, dies at 69
  • 1961 Roy Del Ruth, American director (About Face, Folies Bergere), dies at 67
  • 1962 A. K. Fazlul Huq, Bengali statesman, dies at 88
  • 1964 Georg Britting, German poet, dies at 73
  • 1969 René Barrientos, President of Bolivia, dies at 49

Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah (1909-1972)

1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60) and 1st President of Ghana (1960-66), dies of prostate cancer at 62 [1]

  • 1978 Mohammed Daoud Khan, Afghan politician, murdered at 68
  • 1989 Kōnosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (founded Panasonic), dies at 94
  • 1991 Marcus Heeresma, Dutch author (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies at 55
  • 1993 Hans Sahl, German-American anti-Nazi Jewish writer (Tie Exil im Exil), dies at 90
  • 1994 John Preston, American writer (Gay House, Big Gay Book), dies at 48
  • 1995 Willem Frederik Hermans, Dutch writer, dies at 73
  • 1996 William Egan Colby, C.I.A. director, dies at 76
  • 1998 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer & mystic, dies at 72
  • 1998 Dominique Aury, French novelist, dies at 90
  • 1998 John Bassett, Canadian publisher & media baron, dies at 47
  • 2002 George Alec Effinger, American author, dies at 55
  • 2002 Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Dutch-Swiss industrialist, dies at 81
  • 2002 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • 2003 Piet Roozenburg, Dutch World champion checker player (1948, 51, 52, 55), dies at 78
  • 2006 Julia Thorne, American writer & ex-wife of John Kerry, dies at 61
  • 2017 Julius Youngner, American virologist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, dies at 96