Deaths in History on May 27

  • 366 Procopius, Roman usurper (b. 326)
  • 866 Ordono I, King of Asturia (850-66), dies
  • 927 Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria (b. 864 or 865)
  • 1039 Dirk III Hierosolymita, Count of Holland, dies
  • 1178 Godfried van Rhenen, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1444 John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (b. 1404)

Ludovico SforzaLudovico Sforza (1452-1508)

Italian duke of Milan (1494-1508) who commissioned The Last Supper, dies at 55

  • 1525 Thomas Muentzer, German rebel leader
  • 1541 Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, beheaded at 67 for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII
  • 1549 Lijsbeth Dirksdr, Fries antabaptist, drowns

John CalvinJohn Calvin (1509-1564)

Protestant religious reformer and theologian (Calvinism), dies at 54 (b. 1509)

  • 1569 François de Coligny d'Andelot, French general (Jarnac) and Ruler of van Andelot, dies at 48
  • 1576 Louis de Boisot, Dutch admiral, drowns at about 44
  • 1580 Jonker Barthold Entens van Mentheda until Middelstum, dies
  • 1596 Tibaldi II, Italian painter/sculptor/architect, dies
  • 1610 François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)
  • 1615 Margaret de Valois, 1st Queen of Henry IV of France (1672-99) daughter of Henry II, dies at 61
  • 1627 Eberhard Bronchorst, Dutch lawyer, dies at 73
  • 1661 Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 53
  • 1675 Gaspard Dughet, French painter (b. 1613)
  • 1702 Dominique Bouhours, French critic (b. 1628)
  • 1707 Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (b. 1640)
  • 1768 Johann M Fleischmann, German/Dutch stamp/letter designer, dies
  • 1770 Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway (1730-46), dies at 69
  • 1781 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist, dies at 64
  • 1790 Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 yrs, dies at 89
  • 1797 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist, dies at 36
  • 1831 Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  • 1848 Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom, 5th daughter of King George III, dies at 70
  • 1855 Nikolaj Bestuzhev, Russian Navy officer, writer and painter (Decembrist revolt), dies at 64
  • 1863 Edward Payson Chapin, American lawyer and Union Army Colonel (posthumously elevated to Brigadier General), dies of injuries from the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana at 31
  • 1876 Joseph Bosworth, lexicographer/scholar, dies
  • 1887 Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86
  • 1896 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  • 1896 Allard Pierson, Dutch theologist, philosopher and art historian, dies at 65
  • 1902 Jan Ferguut [Jan van Droogenbroeck], Belgian poet, dies at 67

Robert KochRobert Koch (1843-1910)

German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), dies at 66

  • 1914 Joseph Swan, English physicist and chemist (incandescent light bulb), dies at 85
  • 1916 Joseph Gallieni, French general (Battle of Marne) and military governor of Paris, dies at 67
  • 1918 Henry Adams, American historian and writer (Education of Henry Adams), dies at 80
  • 1919 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian social reformer from Andhra Pradesh, dies at 71
  • 1926 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • 1934 Meijer Linnewiel [Prof Kokadorus], Amsterdam street hawker, dies
  • 1939 Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
  • 1941 AH Borgesius, tutor/experimentator/amateur astronomer, dies at 76
  • 1942 Chen Duxiu, Chinese revolutionary socialist and author who co-founded the Chinese Communist Party with Li Dazhao and was the 1st General Secretary (1921-27), dies at 62
  • 1949 Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY
  • 1951 Thomas Blamey, Australian general (WWI, WWII), dies at 67
  • 1954 Herzmanovsky-Orlando, writer, dies
  • 1958 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • 1960 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator, dies at 82
  • 1963 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, dies of an assumed heart attack at 74

  • 1967 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (b. 1889)
  • 1970 Emmy van Lokhorst, author, dies at 78
  • 1986 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • 1986 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • 1987 John H. Northrop, American biochemist (crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)), dies at 95
  • 1989 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • 1990 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), dies at 81
  • 1991 Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88
  • 1992 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Aankomen in Avignon), dies at 55
  • 1992 Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, American mobster (St Valentine's Day) and boss of the Chicago Outfit, dies of respiratory and heart conditions at 86
  • 1992 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  • 1994 Norman Cook, British museum curator, dies at 87
  • 1994 Theo Swagemakers, Dutch portrait painter, dies at 95
  • 1999 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), dies at 72
  • 2000 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)
  • 2000 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Francois Bondy, Swiss writer and journalist (Preuves), dies at 88
  • 2006 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ed Yost, American inventor of the modern hot air balloon and known as "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon.", dies at 87
  • 2008 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)

Clive GrangerClive Granger (1934-2009)

Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), dies at 74

  • 2010 John William Finn, American US Navy sailor, awarded the 1st Medal of Honor of WWII for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor, dies at 100
  • 2014 Helma Sanders-Brahms, German director and writer (Apple Trees; Germany, Pale Mother), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2018 Connie Kurtz, American Gay Rights advocate, dies at 81
  • 2018 Donald Herod Peterson, American USAF Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-6), dies of Alzheimer's disease and bone cancer, at 84
  • 2020 Larry Kramer, American playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84