Deaths in History on February 27

  • 1167 Robert of Melun, English philosopher/bishop of Hereford, dies
  • 1656 Johan van Heemskerk, Dutch lawyer/writer/interpreter, dies
  • 1659 Henry Dunster, American clergyman and first President of Harvard College, dies at 49
  • 1666 Luisa de Guzmán, Queen of Portugal (1640-56), dies at 52
  • 1699 Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton, English politician (b. c. 1625)
  • 1706 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), dies at 85
  • 1712 Bahādur Shah I, 7th Mughal Emperor of India, dies at 68
  • 1720 Samuel Parris, English-born Puritan minister (b. 1653)
  • 1735 John Arbuthnot, Scottish mathematician and writer (Scriblerus Club), dies at 67
  • 1779 Jan Nepveu, Dutch governor of Suriname (1769-79), dies at 59
  • 1795 Francis Marion, American military officer (pioneered guerrilla warfare during the American Revolutionary War), died around the age of 63
  • 1844 Nicholas Biddle, US lawyer/diplomat/statesman/financier, dies at 85
  • 1862 Gabriele dell' Addolorata, patron of Italian Catholic youth, dies at 23
  • 1874 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban revolutionary hero, dies at 54
  • 1881 George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46
  • 1892 Anne Clough, English suffragette, promoted higher education for women, first principal of New College, dies at 72

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton (1821-1892)

French founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH, dies at 70

  • 1906 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, dies at 71
  • 1913 Adam Sedgwick, English zoologist (Peripatus), dies at 58
  • 1920 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romanian historian, dies at 72
  • 1931 Chandra Sekhar Azad, Indian revolutionary (Hindustan Socialist Republican Army), dies at 24
  • 1932 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher, dies at 88

Ivan PavlovIvan Pavlov (1849-1936)

Russian physiologist and pioneer in psychology (Nobel Prize 1904), dies at 86

  • 1936 Joshua W. Alexander, U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Woodrow Wilson (b. 1852)
  • 1939 Nadezjda K Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70
  • 1940 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies at 71
  • 1941 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (b. 1895)
  • 1942 Karel Doorman, Dutch rear-admiral (Java Sea), KIA at 52
  • 1942 Martha McChesney Berry, American educator who founded Berry School for Children, dies at 75
  • 1943 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (b. 1859)
  • 1945 HJ Lochtman, Dutch chaplain/resistance fighter, dies in Bergen-Belsen
  • 1950 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58
  • 1951 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, dies at 91
  • 1952 Theodoros Pangalos, Greek general and dictator (1926), dies at 74
  • 1958 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack
  • 1960 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), dies at 58
  • 1964 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • 1968 Johannes Tralow, German writer (Ottoman tetralogy), dies at 85
  • 1969 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • 1970 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • 1970 Robert Bruce Lockhart, diplomat/writer, dies
  • 1977 John Dickson Carr, American mystery writer, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 1981 Jacob H Gilbert, American politician (US Representative 1960-1971), dies at 60
  • 1985 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American politician (Sen-R) and ambassador (West Germany, Vietnam & UN), dies at 82
  • 1989 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • 1989 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), dies at 85
  • 1989 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer, dies at 91
  • 1990 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • 1991 Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered
  • 1992 Marinus Ruppert, Dutch trade union leader (CNV), dies at 80
  • 1992 S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American academic, politician (U.S. Senator from California, 1977–83) and writer (Language in Action), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1994 "Hans" Leopold Kohr, Austrian social philosopher and economist, dies at 84
  • 1994 Harold Acton, English-Italian historian and art collector, dies at 84
  • 1994 Karl I Pelgrom, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • 1994 Laurence Craigie, American aviator (1st US jet pilot), dies at 92
  • 1995 Bernard Cornfield, financier, dies at 67
  • 1995 Philip Sherrington, opus Dei Priest, dies at 51
  • 1996 George Ian Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, dies at 64
  • 1996 Sylvia Williams, museum director/curator, dies at 60
  • 1997 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), dies at 88
  • 1998 George H. Hitchings, American scientist (Nobel laureate 1988), dies at 92
  • 2004 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), dies at 93
  • 2004 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, dies at 97
  • 2007 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • 2008 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), dies at 79
  • 2008 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • 2008 William F. Buckley Jr, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2010 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer, dies at 87
  • 2011 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2012 Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91
  • 2013 Stephane Hessel, German-born French diplomat, dies at 95
  • 2015 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, after being shot four times in Moscow
  • 2015 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91
  • 2018 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, dies of cardiogenic shock at 90
  • 2019 France-Albert René, 2nd President of Seychelles (1977-2004), dies at 83