Deaths in History on July 27

  • 82 St Joseph of Arimathea, dies
  • 432 Celestine I, Italian Pope (422-32), dies
  • 916 Kliment/Clemens van Ohrid, Bulgaria bishop of Ohrid/saint, dies
  • 1101 Conrad II, King of Germany and Italy (b. 1074)
  • 1128 Willem van Normandia, earl of Flanders, dies in battle
  • 1214 Eustaes van Machelen, Flemish knight, dies in battle
  • 1214 Stefan van Longchamp, French knight, dies in battle
  • 1227 Otto II van Lippe, bishop of Utrecht (1216-27), dies
  • 1233 Ferrand of Portugal, earl of Flanders, dies at 45
  • 1276 King James I of Aragon (b. 1208)
  • 1365 Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria (1358-65), dies at 25
  • 1498 Vespasiano da' Bisticci, Italian book seller/writer, dies at about 77
  • 1638 Johan VIII de Jongere, count of Nassau-Siegen, dies in battle at 54
  • 1656 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (b. 1593)
  • 1675 Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne, Marshal of France, dies at 63
  • 1689 John Graham, of Claverhouse, 1st viscount Dundee/soldier, fatally wounded at the Battle of Killiecrankie at 41
  • 1759 Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, French mathematician and astronomer (Système de la nature), dies at 60
  • 1770 Robert Dinwiddie, British colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1693)
  • 1833 Bartolomea Capitanio, Italian teacher, co-foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Lovere, and saint, dies of tuberculosis at 26
  • 1833 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, dies at 59
  • 1841 Mikhail Lermontov, Russian poet and writer (Demon & other poems), dies at 26

John DaltonJohn Dalton (1766-1844)

English physicist and chemist who developed the atomic theory of matter and researched colour blindness, dies at 77

  • 1863 William Lowndes Yancey, American Confederate leader (b. 1813)
  • 1864 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), dies at 54
  • 1864 Margaret E Breckinridge, US nurse/daughter of VP John, dies
  • 1876 Walter Channing, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth, dies at 90
  • 1883 Montgomery Blair, American lawyer (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 70
  • 1905 Robert Bullock, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76
  • 1907 Edward Pettus, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 86
  • 1916 Charles Fryatt, British capt of SS Brussels, executed by Germans, dies
  • 1917 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), dies at 75
  • 1929 Raoul Pictet, Swiss physicist who invented liquid nitrogen and was a pioneer of cryogenics, dies at 83
  • 1931 Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (b. 1848)
  • 1933 James E. Talmage, English religious leader (LDS Church apostle), dies at 70
  • 1934 Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17), dies at 79
  • 1941 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist, dies at 83
  • 1942 William Matthew Finders Petrie, Egyptologist, dies
  • 1946 Gertrude Stein, US/Fren author/poet (Ida, Tender Buttons), dies at 72
  • 1958 Claire Chennault, American aviator and military leader (Flying Tigers), dies at 64
  • 1962 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), dies at 61
  • 1962 Edward Godfrey Richard Aldington, novelist/biographer, dies
  • 1962 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (b. 1895)
  • 1962 Richard Adlington, writer, dies at 70
  • 1963 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • 1965 Henri Daniel-Rops, French writer and historian (b. 1901)
  • 1968 Anton van Duinkerken [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies

António de Oliveira SalazarAntónio de Oliveira Salazar (1889-1970)

Dictator of Portugal (1932-68) who founded and controlled the Estado Novo (New State), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 81

  • 1972 Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Austrian-Japanese politician, dies at 77
  • 1976 Ray Brennan, retired US Air Force captain, American Legion bookkeeper and the 1st American to die of "Legionnaire's Disease", dies of an apparent heart attack at 61
  • 1977 Jacob Marschak, Ukrainian-American economist (econometrics), dies at 79

Mohammad Reza PahlaviMohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980)

last Shah of Iran (Persia) (1941-79), dies in Cairo of splenomegaly at 60

  • 1984 Guillermo Díaz-Plaja, Spanish literary and poet (Lorca), dies at 75
  • 1984 Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • 1988 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • 1990 Kim Thomas-Friedland, news anchor (FNN), dies at 32
  • 1990 Salim Ali, Indian Ornithologist (Birdman of India), dies at 90
  • 1992 Max Dupain, Australian photographer ("Sunbaker"), dies at 81
  • 1994 Kevin Carter, a South African photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner & member of the Bang-Bang Club, suicide at 33
  • 1994 Rosa Chacel, Spanish author, dies at 96
  • 1995 Charles Hugh Shirley, publisher, dies at 56
  • 1996 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, dies at 65
  • 1996 Jane Beverly Drew, English modernist architect, dies at 85
  • 1996 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London), dies at 71
  • 1999 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, dies at 86
  • 2003 Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Al Held, American painter and sculptor (hard edge-style), dies at 76
  • 2005 Swami Shantanand, Mahasamadhi Day, Indian Saint, Philosopher (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Maryann Mahaffey, American politician (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Roland Gaucher, French journalist, dies at 88
  • 2008 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Julius B. Richmond, 12th US Surgeon General (1977-81) created Head Start program, dies at 91
  • 2011 Ágota Kristóf, Hungarian writer (The Notebook), dies at 75
  • 2011 Bejaratana Rajasuda, Princess of Thailand (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Richard Rutt, English bishop of Leicester, dies at 85
  • 2013 Lindy Boggs (née Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne), American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1973-97), and diplomat, dies from natural causes at 97
  • 2015 A. P. J. [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, Indian scientist and politician, 11th President of India (2002-07), dies at 83
  • 2016 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72
  • 2018 Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident (Moscow 2042), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 2019 John Robert Schrieffer, American physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1972 for BCS theory), dies at 88