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 'the Blind' Grand Prince of Moscow, dies at 47
  • 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)

James I and VIJames I and VI (1566-1625)

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

  • 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, French naval commander and national hero under Louis XIV, Marshal of France, 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)
  • 1848 John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage), dies at 61
  • 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

Susan BlowSusan Blow (1843-1916)

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

  • 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

Michael Joseph SavageMichael Joseph Savage (1872-1940)

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

  • 1943 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1), killed in crash
  • 1945 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish writer (romance), dies at 42
  • 1952 Kiichirō Toyoda, Japanese businessman and automobile maker (Toyota Motor Corporation). dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • 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)

Yuri GagarinYuri Gagarin (1934-1968)

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

  • 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
  • 1982 Fazlur Rahman Khan, Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect (Sears Tower, Chicago; John Hancock Center, Chicago; Metrodome, Minneapolis), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 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, Sr, American expert bridge player, and writer, dies at 89
  • 1992 James E Webb, American government official (Administrator of NASA, 1961-68), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 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 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • 1998 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), dies at 88
  • 2003 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • 2003 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • 2005 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
  • 2006 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • 2006 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • 2006 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • 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 Stan Parris, American politician (Rep-R-VA, 1973-74, 81-91), dies at 80
  • 2010 Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)
  • 2012 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet and essayist (Diving into the Wreck), 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 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74
  • 2017 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83