Deaths in History on January 27

Person of interestNerva

98 Marius Cocceius Nerva, emperor of Rome (96-98), dies of a stroke at about 67

Roman Emperor Nerva
Roman Emperor
Nerva
  • 661 Death of Ali, the final Sunni Rashidun and first Shia Imam.(b. 599 or 600)
  • 672 Vitalianus, pope (657-72)/saint, dies
  • 847 Sergius II, pope (844-47), dies
  • 1164 Abraham ibn Ezra, poet/philosopher, dies
  • 1490 Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (b. 1435)
  • 1540 Angela Merici, Italian monk/monastery, dies
  • 1547 Anna of Bohemia and Hungary, Queen of the Romans, dies at 43
  • 1565 Robrecht de Berghes, prince-bishop of Liege (1557-64), dies
  • 1612 Maarten van Valckenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 77
  • 1625 Adriaen Valerius, notary/Neth Gedenck-clanck, dies at about 49
  • 1638 Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, Spanish novelist
  • 1669 Gaspar de Crayer, Flemish painter, dies at 87
  • 1688 Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, Empress of Manchu (1643-62), dies at 74
  • 1699 William Temple, statesman, dies
  • 1740 Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France, dies at 47

  • 1763 John Theodor of Bavaria, prince-bishop of Liege/cardinal, dies
  • 1763 Johann Theodor of Bavaria, Prince-Bishop of Regensburg, Freising and Liège, dies at 59
  • 1814 Johann Gottlieb Fichte, philosopher, dies
  • 1814 Philip Astley, English circus owner "Father of the Modern Circus", dies at 72

Person of interestSamuel Hood

1816 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood/admiral, dies at 92

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • 1850 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85

Person of interestJohn James Audubon

1851 John James Audubon, American ornithologist,painter (The Birds Of America), dies at 65

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon
  • 1857 Dorothea von Benckendorff, Baltic monarch of Lieven, dies at 72
  • 1858 Gerrit van der Linde Jz, Dutch "Principal", poet, dies at 49
  • 1859 Carl A Agardh, Swedish botanist/bishop of Karlstad, dies at 74
  • 1860 János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1802)
  • 1860 Thomas Brisbane, British soldier, administrator and astronomer, dies at 86
  • 1864 Franz von Klenze, German architect (palace Leuchtenberg), dies at 59
  • 1866 John Gibson, British sculptor, dies at 75 (b. 1790)
  • 1880 Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)
  • 1889 Ivan Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh), dies at 65
  • 1893 James G. Blaine, US Secretary of State (1881 and 1889-92) known as the "Plumed Knight", dies at 62
  • 1910 Thomas Crapper, English plumber and inventor (ballcock), dies at 73
  • 1919 Endre Ady, Hungarian lyric poet (Még egyzer, Uj versek), dies from complications related to alcoholism at 41
  • 1921 Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian soldier (b. 1891)
  • 1922 Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (I Mala Voglia), dies at 81
  • 1927 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • 1927 Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (Matulewicz), Lithuanian bishop
  • 1940 Isaak Babel, Russian writer (Zakat, Marija), executed at 46
  • 1942 Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1888)

  • 1955 Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • 1967 Alphonse Juin, French marshal, dies at 78
  • 1967 Edward Higgins White II, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), dies at 36
  • 1967 Roger B Chaffee, astronaut, dies at 31 in Apollo I fire
  • 1967 Virgil I (Gus) Grissom, astronaut, dies at 40 in Apollo I fire
  • 1967 Virgil Grissom, U.S. Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut (Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1), dies at 40
  • 1970 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala (1951-54); overthrown by CIA, dies at 57
  • 1972 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician, dies at 84
  • 1974 Georgios Grivas, Greek gen/oppos leader on Cyprus (EOKA), dies at 75
  • 1974 Paula Ludwig, Austrian German poet, dies at 74
  • 1975 Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • 1979 Qalander Baba Auliya, Indian Sufi master (Azeemiyya order), dies at about 81
  • 1981 Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58), dies at 78
  • 1988 Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  • 1989 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • 1992 Francesca Primus, columnist (Back Stage), dies at 45
  • 1992 Gene Harris, entertainer, dies after long illness
  • 1995 Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/MI6-spy/priest, dies at 76
  • 1995 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, dies at 91
  • 1995 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, gen-sec Council of Churches, dies at 64
  • 1995 Raphael M. Robinson, American mathematician, dies at 83
  • 1996 Barbara Skelton, writer, dies at 79
  • 1996 Julian W. Hill, American research chemist (developed nylon), dies at 91
  • 1996 Olga Havlova, political activist, dies at 63
  • 1996 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), dies at 92
  • 1997 Cecil Arthur Lewis, British fighter pilot and writer, dies at 98
  • 2003 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • 2003 Louis Archambault, Quebec sculptor (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • 2006 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer best known for his solo self-rescue on Annapurna with a broken arm, presumed dead at 40
  • 2008 Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), dies at 97

Person of interestSuharto

2008 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 2008 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • 2009 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2009 R. [Ramaswamy] Venkataraman, Indian politician, eighth President of India, dies at 98

Person of interestJ. D. Salinger

2010 J. D. Salinger, American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), dies at 91

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

Person of interestHoward Zinn

2010 Howard Zinn, American historian and activist (A People's History of the United States), dies of a heart attack at 87

Historian and Activist Howard Zinn
Historian and Activist
Howard Zinn
  • 2012 Kevin White, American politician, dies at 82
  • 2015 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), dies at 99
  • 2015 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), dies at 88
  • 2016 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

2018 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), dies at 91

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad