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Deaths in History on March 27

  • 710 Rupert of Salzburg, saint and Bishop of Worms and Salzberg
  • 922 Al-Hallaj al-Mughith-al-Hsayn Mansur, Persian mystic, beheaded at 64
  • 965 Arnulf I, the Elder/the Great, count of Flanders (918-65), dies
  • 973 Herman, Duke of Saxony
  • 1378 Gregory XI, [Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78), dies
  • 1462 Vasili II of Russia, Grand Prince of Moscow (b. 1415)
  • 1472 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, dies at 37
  • 1482 Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bold and his successor, dies falling off her horse (b. 1457)
  • 1555 William Hunter, Protestant martyr
  • 1572 Girolamo Maggi, Italian Renaissance man (b. abt. 1523)

Person of interestJames I and VI

1625 James Stuart, King James VI of Scotland (1567-1625) and James I of England and Ireland (1603-25), dies of dysentery at 58

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1635 Robert Naunton, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1679 Abraham Mignon, Dutch still life painter, dies at 38
  • 1697 Simon Bradstreet, English colonial magistrate, last governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, dies at 93
  • 1701 Anne Hilarion de Cotentin, count of Tourville/Fr admiral, dies at 58
  • 1714 Anton Ulrich, German duke of Brunswick/poet, dies at 80

  • 1714 Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel, queen of Denmark and Norway (1670-99), dies at 63
  • 1770 Giovanni B Tiepolo, Italian painter (Banquet of Cleopatra), dies at 73
  • 1809 Joseph-Marie Vien, French court painter, dies at 92
  • 1827 François Alexandre Frédéric, French social reformer (b. 1747)
  • 1836 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)
  • 1843 Karl Salomo Zachariae von Lingenthal, German jurist (b. 1769)
  • 1849 Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford (b. 1776)
  • 1850 Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
  • 1864 Jean-Jacques Ampère, French scholar (b. 1800)
  • 1865 Petrus Hoffman Peerlkamp, Dutch scholar (b. 1786)
  • 1873 Amedée Simon Dominique Thierry, French journalist and historian (b. 1797)
  • 1875 Edgar Quinet, French historian (b. 1803)
  • 1878 Dobri Voynikov, Bulgarian teacher, playwright and journalist (The Phoney Civilization), dies at 44
  • 1878 George Gilbert Scott, architect, dies
  • 1889 John Bright, English reform politician and anti0war advocate, dies at 77
  • 1894 Verney Lovett Cameron, English explorer (Tanganyika), dies at 49
  • 1897 Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)
  • 1898 Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim intellectual and one of the founding fathers of Pakistan dies at 80
  • 1900 Pieter J Joubert [Smart Piet], South African general, dies at 69
  • 1910 Alexander Agassiz, American biologist and geologist, dies at 74

Person of interestSusan Blow

1916 Susan Blow, American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the "Mother of the Kindergarten", dies at 72

Educator and Kindergarten Director Susan Blow
Educator and Kindergarten Director
Susan Blow
  • 1920 Johan G Danser, Dutch poet (Meetings), dies at 26
  • 1923 James Dewar, Scottish chemist and physicist (Dewarfles/cordiet), dies at 80
  • 1925 Carl Neumann, German mathematician and physicist (Neumann-functions), dies at 92
  • 1929 Samuil Shatunovsky, Ukrainian mathematician, dies at 70
  • 1931 Arnold Bennett, English novelist (Anna of the Five Towns), dies at 63
  • 1934 Francis William Reitz, 5th State President of the Orange Free State, dies at 89
  • 1938 William Stern, German-American philosopher (Intelligence of Children), dies at 66
  • 1939 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57

Person of interestMichael Joseph Savage

1940 Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-born New Zealand politician and first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935-40), dies of colon cancer at 68

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
New Zealand Prime Minister
Michael Joseph Savage
  • 1943 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1), killed in crash
  • 1945 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish writer (romance), dies at 42
  • 1956 Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • 1966 Mien Labberton, Dutch poet, dies at 82
  • 1967 Gerardus H de Vet, the Bold, bishop of Breda (1962-67), dies at 49
  • 1967 Jim Thompson, American designer (disappeared) (b. 1906)

Person of interestYuri Gagarin

1968 Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), dies in a Mig-15 plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • 1969 B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87
  • 1972 M. C. Escher, Dutch graphic artist and lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • 1977 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • 1981 Mao Dun [Shen Dehong], Chinese writer (Midnight), dies at 84
  • 1986 Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • 1987 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • 1988 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • 1992 Easley Blackwood, expert bridge player, dies at 89
  • 1992 Gerry Duggan, dies at 82
  • 1992 James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68), dies at 84
  • 1992 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist, painter and graphic artist, dies at 68
  • 1993 Carlos Gimenez, Argentine-Venezuelan director (Theater Festival of Caracas), dies at 47
  • 1993 Katherine Hynes De Groot, dies of stroke at 88
  • 1993 Willem Russell [Wilhelmus Matthias Josephus Russell], Dutch politician (KVP, CDA), dies at 74
  • 1994 Dennis Hartas, flier, dies at 69
  • 1995 Albert Drach, Austrian-Jewish writer, dies at 92
  • 1995 Bernard Cornfeld, Romanian/US financier (Fund of Funds), dies at 67
  • 1998 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), dies at 88
  • 1998 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • 2003 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • 2003 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
  • 2006 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • 2007 Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1929)
  • 2008 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • 2010 Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • 2012 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • 2012 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, dies at 88
  • 2016 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, dies at 92
  • 2017 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • 2017 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74