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

Arthur IIArthur II (1262-1312)

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

  • 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 Pope Sixtus V [Felice Piergentile], Pope of the Catholic Church (1585-90), dies at 68
  • 1608 Hendrik van Kinschot [Henricus Kinschotus], lawyer, dies at 66
  • 1635 Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, Spanish playwright and poet (Angelica, Arcadia), dies at 72
  • 1651 Jacob Backer, Dutch painter, dies at about 43
  • 1664 Francisco Zurbarán, Spanish painter, dies at 65
  • 1667 Adriaen Millaert [Melar], Flemish engraver, dies at 33
  • 1727 Aert de Gelder, Dutch painter (King David), dies at 81
  • 1748 James Thomson, Scottish poet (Rule, Britannia), dies at 47
  • 1758 Barbara of Portugal [Maria Madalena Bárbara Xavier Leonor Teresa Antónia Josefa], Queen of Spain, dies at 46

John LaurensJohn Laurens (1754-1782)

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 Henri, Prince of Condé, 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
  • 1865 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville), dies at 68
  • 1871 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), dies at 76
  • 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)

Rowland HillRowland Hill (1795-1879)

English inventor who introduced 1st adhesive postage stamp (1840), 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

Louis BothaLouis Botha (1862-1919)

Boer general and statesman, 1st Prime Minister of South Africa (1910-19), dies at 56

  • 1924 William Maddock Bayliss, British physiologist, co-discoverer of hormones, dies at 64
  • 1929 Herman Potočnik, Slovenian rocket scientist, dies at 36
  • 1930 Didericus van Epen, Dutch genealogist (Dutch Patriarch, dies at 62
  • 1931 Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
  • 1931 Frank Harris, Irish-American journalist and writer (My Life & Loves), dies at 75
  • 1931 Willem Hubert Nolens, Dutch priest and ambassador to Vatican, dies at 70
  • 1937 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), dies at 63
  • 1943 Otto Selz, German psychologist, dies at 62
  • 1944 Georg von Boeselager, German nobleman (b. 1915)
  • 1948 Charles Evans Hughes, American statesman, Republican politician and 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41), dies at 86
  • 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
  • 1963 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)

W.E.B. Du BoisW.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963)

American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and co-founder of the NAACP, dies in Accra, Ghana, at 95

  • 1965 Edmond of Dooren, Flemish painter, dies at 68

Le CorbusierLe Corbusier (1887-1965)

Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), dies at 77

  • 1967 Henri-Georges Adam, French painter/cartoonist/sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1968 Marina, Princess of Greece and Denmark, Duchess of Kent, wife of Prince George of England, 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, English novelist (Manservant and Maidservant), dies at 85
  • 1971 Bennett Cerf, American publisher (Random House) and panelist (What's My Line), dies at 73
  • 1971 Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, dies at 67

Haile SelassieHaile Selassie (1892-1975)

Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74), dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten (1900-1979)

British naval officer and statesman, last Viceroy of India (1947), 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
  • 1982 Anandamayi Ma [Nirmala Sundari], Indian spiritual leader, dies at 86
  • 1983 William Hitzig, Austrian Maxwell physician, dies at 78
  • 1987 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • 1996 Abram Games, British graphic artist ("Blonde Bombshell" ATS poster), dies at 82
  • 1996 Alexander Lanusse, military President of Argentina (1971-73), dies
  • 1996 Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist (Great Plains prehistoric cultures), dies at 87
  • 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)
  • 2007 Driss Basri, Moroccan politician (Interior Minister 1979-99), dies at 68
  • 2009 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 2011 Norman Frederick Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum), dies at 92
  • 2020 David Bryant, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship singles 1966, 80, 88; 4 x C'wealth Games gold singles), dies at 88
  • 2020 David Mercer, Welsh television sports presenter (BBC tennis; Eurosports) and tennis umpire (Wimbledon men's final 1984), dies at 70
  • 2020 Dick Ritger, American ten-pin bowler (Tournament of Champions 1970, 79 runner-up; 20 career PBA Tour titles), dies at 81