Deaths in History on August 27

  • 542 Saint Caesarius of Arles
  • 827 Pope Eugene II, Italian Pope (824-827)
  • 1208 Irene Angelina, daughter of Isaac II Angeles, dies

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1312 Arthur II, Duke of Brittany (1305-12), dies at 50

Duke of Brittany Arthur II
Duke of Brittany
Arthur II
  • 1394 Chokei, Emperor of Japan (b. 1343)
  • 1450 Reginald West, 6th Baron De La Warr, English politician (b. 1395)
  • 1522 Giovanni A Amadei/Amadeo, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at about 75
  • 1545 Piotr Gamrat, Polish Catholic archbishop (b. 1487)
  • 1576 Titian, [Tiziano Vecelli], Italian painter, dies of plague
  • 1590 Sixtus V, [Felice Peretti/"Montalto"], Pope (1585-90), dies at 68
  • 1608 Hendrik van Kinschot, [Henricus Kinschotus], lawyer, dies at 66
  • 1635 Lope Felix de Vega, playwright/poet (Angelica, Arcadia), dies at 72
  • 1651 Jacob A Backer, painter, dies at about 43
  • 1664 Francisco Zurbarán, Spanish painter, dies at 65
  • 1667 Adriaen Melar, Flemish engraver, buried at 33
  • 1748 James Thomson, Scottish poet (Rule, Britannia), dies at 47
  • 1782 John Laurens, American soldier, diplomat, and abolitionist, killed in battle at 27
  • 1827 Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, Austrian earl/prince/diplomat, dies
  • 1828 Eise J Eisinga, constructed planetarium at Franeker, dies at 84
  • 1830 Louis H J Condé, French prince, commits suicide at 74
  • 1840 William Kneass, 3rd US chief engraver (1824-40), dies in office
  • 1857 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American poet, literary critic and editor, dies of tuberculosis at 42
  • 1871 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (b. 1794)
  • 1874 Johan George Schwartze, painter, dies
  • 1874 John Henry Foley, Irish sculptor (Prince Albert Memorial), dies at 56
  • 1875 William Chapman Ralston, American banker (b. 1826)
  • 1879 Rowland Hill, introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
  • 1898 John Hopkinson, British physicist and electrical engineer (Hopkinson's Law) dies with three of his children in a mountaineering accident in the Pennine Alps, Switzerland at 49
  • 1910 Clement of Maasdijk, 1st Dutch aircraft death
  • 1914 John Weiss, German new testament, dies
  • 1919 Louis Botha, South African soldier/statesman, dies at 56
  • 1929 Herman Potočnik Noordung, Slovenian rocket scientist (b. 1892)
  • 1930 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist/Dutch Patriarch, dies at 62
  • 1931 Willem H Nolens, priest/2nd Chamber member, dies
  • 1931 Frank Harris, Irish author and editor (b. 1856)
  • 1931 Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
  • 1937 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), dies at 63
  • 1943 Otto Selz, German psychologist (In Auschwitz), dies
  • 1944 Georg von Boeselager, German nobleman (b. 1915)
  • 1948 Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • 1950 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41
  • 1955 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies
  • 1958 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), dies at 57

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1963 W E B Du Bois, scholar/founder (NAACP), dies at 95 in Accra Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • 1963 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • 1965 Edmond of Dooren, Flemish painter, dies at 68

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1965 Le Corbusier, [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss French architect and city planner and dies at 77

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • 1967 Henri-Georges Adam, French painter/cartoonist/sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1968 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • 1969 Erika Mann, German-American author (Other Germany) and daughter of Thomas Mann, dies at 63
  • 1969 Henri EJA de Page, Belgian lawyer, dies
  • 1969 Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist, dies
  • 1971 Bennett Cerf, (Random House)/panelist (What's My Line), dies at 73
  • 1971 Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, dies at 67

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1975 Haile Selassie [Ras Tafari Makonnen], Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74), dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • 1979 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British naval officer and statesman, last Voceroy of India (1947), is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland at 79
  • 1979 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered by the IRA at 14
  • 1987 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • 1995 Carl Ronald Giles, cartoonist, dies at 78
  • 1995 Dick Bentley, entertainer, dies at 88
  • 1996 Abram Games, graphic artist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Alexander Lanusse, military President of Argentina (1971-73), dies
  • 1999 Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Abu Ali Mustafa, leader of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (assassinated) (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, "Father of the Modern Day Men's Movement," Founder of the Christian Men's Network (CMN)
  • 2003 Pierre Poujade, French politician (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Maria Capovilla, oldest woman alive from 2004-2006 (b. 1889)
  • 2009 Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)