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)

Person of interestLudovico Sforza

1508 Ludovico Sforza [il Moro], Italian duke of Milan, dies at 55

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • 1525 Thomas Muentzer, German rebel leader
  • 1541 Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473) beheaded for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII
  • 1549 Lijsbeth Dirksdr, Fries antabaptist, drowns

Person of interestJohn Calvin

1564 John Calvin [Jehan Cauvin], Protestant religious reformer and theologian (Calvinism), dies at 54 (b. 1509)

Protestant Reformer and Theologian John Calvin
Protestant Reformer and Theologian
John Calvin
  • 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 Marguerite de Valois, 1st Queen of Henry IV of France (b. 1553)
  • 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
  • 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 Francois-Noal "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 A Bestoezjev, Russ writer/painter (Account of Holland), dies
  • 1855 Nikolaj Bestuzhev, Russian Navy officer, writer and painter (Decembrist revolt), dies at 64
  • 1863 Edward Payson Chapin, Union Brigadier General, dies at 31
  • 1876 Joseph Bosworth, lexicographer/scholar, dies
  • 1887 Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86
  • 1896 Allard Pierson, theologist/philosopher/art historian/poet, dies
  • 1896 Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  • 1902 Jan van Droogenbroeck, Flemish poet, dies

Person of interestRobert Koch

1910 Robert Koch, German pioneering bacteriologist (TB, Cholera, Nobel Prize 1905), dies at 66

Microbiologist Robert Koch
Microbiologist
Robert Koch
  • 1914 Joseph Wilson Swan, physicist/chemist, dies
  • 1916 Joseph Gallieni, French general (Battle of Marne) and military governor of Paris, dies at 67
  • 1918 Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80
  • 1919 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Social reformer of 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
  • 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

Person of interestJawaharlal Nehru

1964 Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, dies of an assumed heart attack at 74

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • 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, mobster (St Valentines Day), dies at 86
  • 1992 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  • 1994 Norman Cook, British museum curator, dies at 87
  • 1994 Theo Swagemakers, portrait painter, dies at 95
  • 1996 Ivan Sutton, concert Promotoer, dies at 82
  • 1996 Jack Massey, groundsman, dies at 85
  • 2000 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)
  • 2000 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • 2007 Ed Yost, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)

Person of interestClive Granger

2009 Clive Granger, Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Economist
Clive Granger
  • 2018 Connie Kurtz, American Gay Rights advocate, dies at 81