Deaths in History on December 27

  • 975 Balderik, bishop of Utrecht (918-75), dies
  • 1065 Ferdinand I, the Great, king of Castile, dies
  • 1076 Prince Svyatoslav II of Kiev (b. 1027)
  • 1381 Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March, English politician
  • 1548 Francesco Spiera, Italian Protestant jurist (b. 1502)
  • 1590 Emmanuel Philibert of Lalaing, Baron of Montigny and Marquis of Renty, dies at 33
  • 1603 Thomas Cartwright, English Presbyterian publicist, dies at about 68
  • 1631 John Pijnas, Dutch painter, buried at about 47
  • 1641 Francois van d'Aerssen, ruler of Sommelsdijk/diplomat, dies at 69
  • 1707 Jean Mabillon, French palaeograopher and diplomat (b. 1632)
  • 1737 William Bowyer, English printer (b. 1663)
  • 1743 Hyacinthe Rigaud, French painter, dies at 84
  • 1771 Henri Pitot, Italian-French engineer, dies at 76
  • 1782 Henry Home, Lord Kames, Scottish philosopher (b. 1697)
  • 1800 Hugh Blair, Scottish preacher and man of letters (b. 1718)
  • 1805 Belle van Zuylen, Dutch-Swiss writer (Trois Femmes), dies at 65
  • 1812 Joanna Southcott, an English self-described religious prophetess.
  • 1812 Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Lithuanian rabbi and founder of Chabad Hasidism (b. 1745)
  • 1834 Charles Lamb, British critic/poet/essayist (Essays of Elia), dies at 59

Stephen F. AustinStephen F. Austin (1793-1836)

Founded and helped colonize the US state of Texas, dies of pneumonia at 43

  • 1877 Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov, Russian poet, writer and publisher (Russkije Zjenjshiny), dies at 56
  • 1896 John Brown, British manufacturer (b. 1816)
  • 1900 William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong and British industralist and inventor (hydraulic crane Armstrong Gun), dies at 90
  • 1914 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist and inventor, dies at 51
  • 1919 Theodoor de Meester, Dutch premier (1905-08), dies at 68

Gustave EiffelGustave Eiffel (1832-1923)

French engineer and architect who designed and built the Eiffel tower, dies at 91

  • 1924 William Archer, Scottish critic/playwright (Green Goddess), dies at 68
  • 1925 Louis Dosfel, Flemish lawyer/literary (Assault!), dies at 44
  • 1925 Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet, dies at 30
  • 1936 Hans von Seeckt, German general and advisor of Chiang Kai-shek, dies at 70
  • 1938 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)
  • 1938 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments dies at 72
  • 1938 Osip Mandelstam, Polish-Russian poet and writer (Kamen), dies in a Siberian transit camp of typhoid fever at 47
  • 1950 Max Beckmann, German painter and graphic artist, dies at 66
  • 1952 Henri G Winkelman, Dutch supreme commander army/navy 1940, dies at 76
  • 1952 Patrick Joseph Hartigan, Australian Roman Catholic priest, dies at 74
  • 1955 Alfred Carpenter, English Royal Navy soldier, dies at 74
  • 1955 Ham Fisher, American comic strip writer and cartoonist (Joe Palooka), dies at 55
  • 1956 Lambert McKenna, Irish editor and lexicographer, dies at 86
  • 1959 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican writer (Simpatías y diferencias) and diplomat (Higenia Cruel), dies at 70
  • 1965 Edgar Ende, German painter (b. 1901)

Lester B. PearsonLester B. Pearson (1897-1972)

14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), dies at 75

  • 1974 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette, dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66
  • 1976 Main Rousseau Bocher, American uniform designer (Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Waves), dies at 86
  • 1978 Houari Boumédiènne, President of Algeria (1965-78), dies at 51
  • 1979 Hafizullah Amin, Afghan politician (President of Afghanistan, 1979), killed by Russian forces in a coup during Soviet invasion at 50
  • 1982 John Leonard Swigert Jr., American astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1986 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter (post-war abstraction), dies at 77
  • 1987 Geoffrey D Lloyd, Chairman of the guild of British Newspaper editors (b. 1933)
  • 1987 Rewi Alley, New Zealand writer (Americans in China, dies at 90
  • 1988 Hal Ashby, American film director (The Last Detail; Shampoo; Being There), dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • 1988 Hall Ashby, American director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • 1991 W Hudson, US "strongest man to the world" (540 kg), dies
  • 1992 Jan Peeters, Dutch watercolor painter, stained glass, tile, and monument artist, dies at 80
  • 1992 Kay Boyle, American writer (Scottsboro: An American Tragedy), dies at 90
  • 1993 Youssef Sebti, Algerian scholar/poet, murdered at 50
  • 1994 Fanny Cradock, English TV chef and food critic, dies at 85
  • 1994 Hans Berghuis, author/poet (Kleitabletten), dies at 70
  • 1994 J. B. L. Reyes, Filipino jurist (b. 1902)
  • 1994 Sadi de Gorter, Dutch author/diplomat (Abscess), dies at 82
  • 1997 Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
  • 1997 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), dies at 83
  • 1997 Dorothy Stroud, garden historian, dies at 87
  • 1997 Ewart Abner, American record label executive, President of Motown Records, manager of Stevie Wonder), dies at 74
  • 1997 Tom Hudson, British artist and teacher, dies at 75
  • 1999 Bernard Chacksfield, British Air Vice-Marshal, dies at 86
  • 2002 Richard Mitchell, American professor and author (The Underground Grammarian), dies at 73
  • 2005 William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto (1953-2007)

12th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, assassinated in Rawalpindi by a suicide bomber at 54

  • 2007 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Helen Frankenthaler, American abstract expressionist artist (Arden), dies at 83

Norman SchwarzkopfNorman Schwarzkopf (1934-2012)

US Army General and commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War, dies of complications from pneumonia at 78

  • 2022 Andrzej Iwan, Polish soccer forward (29 caps; Wisła Kraków, Górnik Zabrze, VfL Bochum ), dies at 63
  • 2022 Arnie Ferrin, American College Basketball HOF guard (NCAA C'ship, Final Four MOB 1944 Uni of Utah; NBA C'ship Minneapolis Lakers 1949, 50), dies at 97
  • 2022 Imre Szöllősi, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold K-2 10,00m 1966; 2 x Olympic silver 1960, bronze 1968), dies at 81