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Deaths in History on June 27

  • 444 Cyrillus van Alexandria, patriarch of Alexandria, dies
  • 1137 Guigo de Castro, [Venerabilis], 5th prior of Grande Chartreuse, dies
  • 1162 Eudes II, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1118)
  • 1296 Floris V, count of Holland & Zeeland, dies

Person of interestAlfonso V of Aragon

1458 Alfonso V, King of Aragon/Sicily/Naples (Alfonso I), dies

  • 1543 Agnolo Firenzuola, Italian poet and litterateur, dies at 49
  • 1574 Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and art historian (Vasari's Lives), dies at 62
  • 1603 Jan Dymitr Solikowski, Polish archbishop and diplomat (b. 1539)
  • 1627 John Hayward, English historian
  • 1638 Lukaris Cyrillus, patriarch of Alexandria/Constantinople, dies
  • 1641 Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter, dies at 74
  • 1654 Johann V Andreae, German vicar/writer (Christenburg), dies at 67
  • 1672 Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist, dies at 74
  • 1720 Guillaume Amfrye de Chaulieu, French poet (b. 1639)
  • 1757 Willem Gideon Deutz, Amsterdam regent, banker and merchant, dies at 59
  • 1773 Mentewab, dowager Empress of Ethiopia (b. circa 1706)

  • 1776 Thomas Hickey, plan to hand George Washington to British, executed
  • 1785 Egbert de Free Temminck, Amsterdam regent, dies at 84
  • 1794 Wenzel Anton Graf Kaunitz, Austrian statesman (b. 1711)
  • 1794 Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (b. 1715)
  • 1827 Johann Gottfried Eichhorn, German theologian (b. 1754)
  • 1829 James Smithson, dies, his will establishes Smithsonian Institute
  • 1839 Ranjit Singh, gov of Lahore, dies
  • 1844 Hyrum Smith, founder/leader (Mormon Church), shot by mob in Carthage Ill

Person of interestJoseph Smith

1844 Joseph Smith Jr, American founder of the Mormon Church, shot by a mob at 38

Religious Leader Joseph Smith
Religious Leader
Joseph Smith
  • 1848 Denis-Auguste Affre, Archbishop of Paris (1840-48) and opponent of King Louis-Philippe, shot to death at 54
  • 1848 Heinrich Zschokke, German Swiss writer, dies at 77
  • 1859 Jean Chrétien Baud, Dutch gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1834-36), dies at 69
  • 1862 Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, Confederate major, dies in battle at about 35
  • 1863 Martin E Green, Confederate brigadier general, shot dead at 38
  • 1864 Charles Garrison Harker, US Union-brigadier general, dies in battle at 26
  • 1873 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), dies at 67
  • 1876 Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, German naturalist and zoologist (micro-organisms), dies at 81
  • 1876 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, dies at 74
  • 1907 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American educator and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College, dies at 84

  • 1917 Gustav von Schmolle, German economist (Historical School), dies at 79
  • 1917 Karl Allmenröder, German World War I flying Ace, dies at 21
  • 1917 Gustav von Schmoller, German economist (Lectern Socialism), dies at 79
  • 1935 Eugene Augustin Lauste, French inventor (b. 1857)
  • 1944 Milan Hodža, Slovak politician (b. 1878)
  • 1950 Milada Horakova, Czech advocate/anti fascist, hanged
  • 1952 Max Dehn, German mathematician (Dehn’s lemma), dies at 73
  • 1955 Jan van den Tempel, Dutch politician (SDAP), dies at 77
  • 1957 Malcolm Lowry, English writer (Ultramarine), dies at 48
  • 1960 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69
  • 1961 Harry Hooton, Australian poet, dies of cancer at 52
  • 1962 Paul Viiding, Estonian poet, dies at 58
  • 1965 Anthony Veiller, writer, dies at 62
  • 1966 Arthur D Waley, [Schloss], British sinology/poet (Monkey), dies
  • 1973 Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
  • 1983 Don Ida, balloonists, dies during a race
  • 1983 Maxie Anderson, balloonists, dies during a race
  • 1988 Léonie Adams, American poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • 1989 A. J. Ayer, English Neopositivist philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies at 78
  • 1991 Klas Bruinsma, leader criminal organization, murdered
  • 1991 Willem J [Molly] Geertsema, liberal/foreign minister), dies
  • 1992 Sandy Amoros, Bkln Dodger, dies at 62 of pneumonia
  • 1993 Wolfgang Grams, German RAF-terrorist, shot to death at 40
  • 1994 Jeremy Brooks, English writer (Jampot Smith), dies at 67
  • 1996 Roy James Alfred Kaulback, soldier, dies at 85
  • 1998 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • 1998 Boris Nikolayevich Belousov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 67
  • 1998 Desmond Heap, British lawyer and authority on British planning law, dies at 90
  • 1999 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (head of the military coup d'état that took place in Greece on 21 April 1967), dies at 80

Person of interestTove Jansson

2001 Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), dies at 86

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson
  • 2004 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, dies of Parkinson's disease at 80
  • 2005 Shelby Foote, American author and historian (b. 1917)
  • 2005 John T. Walton, American businessman (b. 1946)
  • 2005 Ray Holmes, Battle of Britain veteran (b. 1914)
  • 2005 Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)
  • 2006 Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Mexican serial killer, known as "The Railway Killer" (b. 1959)
  • 2007 Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian poet (b. 1905)
  • 2008 Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • 2008 Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Dolph Briscoe, American businessman and 41st Governor of Texas (1973-79), dies at 87
  • 2011 Gisèle Rabesahala, Malagasy politician (1st female minister) and human righter activist, dies at 82
  • 2016 Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), dies at 87
  • 2018 Joe Jackson, American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family, dies at 89