Deaths in History on January 27

NervaNerva (30-98 AD)

Roman Emperor (96-98), dies of a stroke at about 67

  • 672 Vitalianus, pope (657-72)/saint, dies
  • 847 Sergius II, pope (844-47), dies
  • 1164 Abraham ibn Ezra, Jewish Spanish poet and philosopher, dies (b. c. 1093)
  • 1311 Külüg Khan, Chinese Prince of Huaining, 3rd Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, dies at 29
  • 1490 Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (b. 1435)
  • 1540 Angela Merici, Italian religious educator, founder of the Ursuline Order of nuns, and Roman Catholic saint, dies at 65
  • 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
  • 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 Johann Theodor of Bavaria, Prince-Bishop of Regensburg, Freising and Liège, dies at 59
  • 1814 Philip Astley, English circus owner "Father of the Modern Circus", dies at 72

Samuel HoodSamuel Hood (1724-1816)

1st Viscount Hood, British admiral in the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars, dies at 92

  • 1823 Charles Hutton, English mathematician and surveyor, dies at 85
  • 1850 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85

John James AudubonJohn James Audubon (1785-1851)

American ornithologist and painter (The Birds Of America), dies at 65

  • 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 (non-Euclidean geometry), dies at 57
  • 1860 Thomas Brisbane, British soldier, administrator and astronomer, dies at 86
  • 1864 Leo von Klenze, German neoclassical architect (Walhalla), 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

James G. BlaineJames G. Blaine (1830-1893)

US Secretary of State (1881 and 1889-92) known as the "Plumed Knight", dies at 62

  • 1894 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist, dies at 86
  • 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 Buckley, Australian soldier and winner of the Victoria Cross, dies at 29
  • 1922 Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (I Mala Voglia), dies at 81

Nellie BlyNellie Bly (1865-1922)

American journalist and writer (Ten Days in a Mad House), dies at 57

  • 1927 Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis-Matulevičius (Matulewicz), Lithuanian bishop
  • 1927 Georgios Grivas, Cyprus-born general in the Greek Army
  • 1940 Isaak Babel, Russian writer (Zakat, Marija), executed at 46
  • 1942 Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1888)
  • 1945 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian, dies at 43
  • 1955 Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • 1967 Alphonse Juin, French general and 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 Grissom, US Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut (Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1), dies at 40 in Apollo 1 fire
  • 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
  • 1979 Victoria Ocampo, Argentine writer and publisher (Sur magazine), dies at 88
  • 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 Raphael M. Robinson, American mathematician, dies at 83
  • 1995 Willem R "Wim" van der Zee, gen-sec Council of Churches, dies at 64
  • 1996 Barbara Skelton, English writer, memoirist and socialite (mistress to King Farouk), 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
  • 1999 Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Spanish writer associated with the Generation of '36 movement, dies at 88
  • 2003 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • 2003 Louis Archambault, Quebec sculptor (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer best known for his solo self-rescue on Annapurna with a broken arm, presumed dead at 40
  • 2006 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), dies at 97
  • 2008 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)

SuhartoSuharto (1921-2008)

Indonesian army officer and 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

  • 2009 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • 2009 R. [Ramaswamy] Venkataraman, Indian politician, eighth President of India, dies at 98

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn (1922-2010)

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

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger (1919-2010)

American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), dies at 91

  • 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
  • 2015 John T. Myers, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1967-97), dies at 87
  • 2016 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96

Ingvar KampradIngvar Kamprad (1926-2018)

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