Deaths in History on September 27

  • 1249 Count Raymond VII of Toulouse (b. 1197)
  • 1259 Ezzeline III da Romano, Italian ruler of Verona, Vicenza and Padua (considered a "cruel monster"), dies at about 65
  • 1404 William of Wykeham, chancellor/Bishop of Winchester, dies
  • 1557 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (b. 1497)
  • 1566 Marcus A Vida [Marcus Hieronymus], Italian humanist/poet/bishop, dies
  • 1590 Urban VII [Giambattista Castagna], Italian Pope (1590), dies
  • 1612 Piotr Skarga, Polish theology/PM (Sanctity of Life), dies at 76
  • 1615 Arbella Stuart, English great-great-granddaughter of King Henry VII and possible heir to the throne, dies imprisoned in the Tower of London at 39 or 40
  • 1617 Johan Earnest count of Nassau-Siegen, dies
  • 1641 Francois van d'aerssen, mister of Sommelsdijk and diplomat, dies at 69
  • 1651 Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, dies at 78
  • 1660 Vincent de Paul, French Roman Catholic Saint, dies at 79
  • 1674 Robert Arnauld d'andilly, French literary figure, financier and translator, dies at 85
  • 1674 Thomas Traherne, English poet and mystic (Roman Forgeries), dies
  • 1700 Innocent XII [Antonio Pignatelli], Pope (1691-1700), dies at 85
  • 1719 George Smalridge, English Bishop of Bristol (b. 1662)
  • 1730 Laurence Eusden, English poet, Poet Laureate (1718-30), dies at 42
  • 1735 Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist (b. 1705)
  • 1737 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor, dies at 57
  • 1742 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (b. 1672)
  • 1783 Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (b. 1730)
  • 1821 Luis Brión, Curacaos military officer who fought in the Venezuelan War of Independence, dies at 39
  • 1831 Henry van Wine, archivist/founder General Rijksarchief, dies at 91
  • 1831 Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen, murdered at 55
  • 1832 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher, dies at 51
  • 1833 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer who helped found Brahmo Sabha, a social-religious reform movement, dies at 61
  • 1844 Charles Nodier, French writer (History du chien the Brisquet), dies at 63
  • 1868 Alexander Walewski, French earl and Foreign Minister, dies at 58
  • 1870 Henry TP Comstock, Canadian silver prospector, dies at 50
  • 1876 Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (b. 1817)
  • 1891 Ivan Goncharov, Russian author (b. 1812)
  • 1903 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), dies at 92
  • 1911 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist and petrologist, dies at 67
  • 1915 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • 1915 Kaspar C E Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austrian sculptor, dies at 84
  • 1915 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, dies at 57
  • 1916 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian writer (Les Heures du Soir), dies at 61

Edgar DegasEdgar Degas (1834-1917)

French impressionist painter, sculptor and artist (The Bellelli Family), dies at 83

  • 1940 Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1940 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1942 Douglas Munro, only US Coast Guard with WW II-Med of Honor, dies
  • 1944 Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist (Pentecostal), dies at 53
  • 1944 Aristide Maillol, French painter and sculptor (Seated Woman), dies in car crash at 82
  • 1944 Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Russian photographer and chemist, dies at 81
  • 1953 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter and caricaturist (Rocks of Oran), dies at 72
  • 1955 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • 1956 Milburn G. Apt, American test pilot, 1st person to exceed Mach 3, killed in a X-2 rocket plane reaching 3370 kph, dies in the crash at 32
  • 1960 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, dies at 78
  • 1961 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • 1962 Francisco Brochado da Rocha, Prime Minister of Brazil (1962), dies at 52
  • 1967 Felix Yussupov, Russian aristocrat, dies at 80
  • 1972 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • 1974 Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • 1975 Jack Lang, Australian politician (b. 1876)
  • 1981 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • 1982 Saad Sayd [Abu Walid], Palestinian commandant in Lebanon, dies
  • 1983 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • 1988 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • 1991 Jan Hart, director (Friends of Curacao), dies
  • 1991 Oona Chaplin, daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies at 66
  • 1992 Wim Van Exter, founder Unity Profession Central (1944), dies
  • 1993 Andrei Solovyiov, Russian photographer, dies in battle at 38

Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle (1896-1993)

American air force general who conducted the raid on Tokyo in 1942, dies at 96

  • 1994 Guiseppe Martelli, Italian physicist, dies at 71
  • 1995 Alison "Night Bird" Steele, DJ (WNEW-FM, WXRK-FM), dies of cancer
  • 1996 Mohammad Najibullah, President of Afghanistan (1987-92), executed at 49
  • 1997 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 82
  • 2004 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)

William SafireWilliam Safire (1929-2009)

American political columnist (NY Times) and speech writer (Nixon), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79

  • 2010 Balaji Sadasivan, Singaporean politician and neurosurgeon (b. 1955)
  • 2014 Anna Davies, Italian philologist and Professor of Comparative Philology (Oxford U), dies at 77
  • 2014 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner (1926-2017)

American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), dies of natural causes at 91