Died On April 27th

Discover the most famous people who died on April 27. The list includes people like Ferdinand Magellan, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Kwame Nkrumah, Carlos Castaneda, Charles Alston. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, explorers, poets and mathematicians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Austria and many more countries.
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Ferdinand Magellan
(Navigator, Explorer)
Ferdinand Magellan
43
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1480 AD
Birthplace: Sabrosa
Died: 1521

Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, is remembered for organizing the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522. A skilled sailor and naval officer, he was in service of the Portuguese crown in Asia. He was killed during the Battle of Mactan. The Pacific Ocean was often called the Sea of Magellan in his honor until the 18th century.

 2 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Famous For his Essay 'Nature' and Speech Entitled 'The American Scholar')
Ralph Waldo Emerson
20
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1803
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher who led the transcendentalist movement that developed in the eastern United States in the 1820s and 1830s. He is credited with popularizing individualism through his numerous lectures and essays. Emerson influenced many thinkers and writers that followed him; he mentored Henry David Thoreau, who went on to become a leading transcendentalist.

 3 
Jerry Springer
(Broadcaster, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati)
Jerry Springer
23
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highgate, London, England
Died: 2023

English-born American television presenter, actor, politician, and musician Jerry Springer is a multifaceted man. A qualified lawyer, he shifted to politics from law as a young man. After a few years, he moved to journalism and found considerable success. As a TV presenter, he is best known for the tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. 

 4 
Kwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)
Kwame Nkrumah
31
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: 1972

Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian revolutionary and politician. He played an important role in the independence of the Gold Coast in 1957, after which he served as the first prime minister of Ghana from 1957 to 1960 and then as the first president of Ghana from 1960 to 1966. He also played an influential role as an advocate of Pan-Africanism.

 5 
Antonio Gramsci
(Italian Philosopher Best Known for His Theory of 'Cultural Hegemony')
Antonio Gramsci
14
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ales, Italy
Died: 1937

Antonio Gramsci was an Italian politician, journalist, philosopher, linguist, and writer. A founding member of the Communist Party of Italy, Gramsci went on to serve as the leader of the party before he was arrested by Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime. Since his death, Antonio Gramsci has been the subject of several plays and films.

 6 
Edward R. Murrow
(Journalist)
Edward R. Murrow
10
Birthdate: April 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County, North Carolina, United States
Died: 1965
 7 
Kristin Nelson
(American Primitive Painter, Actress and Author)
Kristin Nelson
10
Birthdate: June 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: 2018
Kristin Nelson is remembered for her appearances in films such as The Resurrection of Broncho Billy. She was married to actor/musician Ricky Nelson but later got involved in a bitter custody battle involving their fourth son, Sam. A primitive painter, too, she had published an autobiography interspersed with her paintings. 
 8 
Verne Gagne
(American Amateur and Professional Wrestler)
Verne Gagne
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Corcoran, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 9 
Henry Parkes
(7th Premier of New South Wales)
Henry Parkes
40
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1815
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canley, Coventry, England
Died: 1896

Henry Parkes was a politician who served as the premier of the Colony of New South Wales. Serving at different time periods throughout the 1870s and 1880s, Parkes was the longest non-consecutive premier in the Colony of New South Wales history. Considered the Father of Federation, Parkes was described as the most commanding figure in Australian politics by The Times.

 10 
J. Allen Hynek
(Astronomer, Ufologist)
J. Allen Hynek
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: 1986

When the American government, baffled by unexplained sightings of flying objects, assigned J. Allen Hynek the task of solving the mystery, Hynek was sceptical. However, he later became the first person to scientifically analyze such sightings. He also established the "Close Encounter" classification system to study UFOs.

 11 
Suzanne Crough
6
Birthdate: March 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, United States
Died: 2015
 12 
Olivier Messiaen
(One of the Major Composers, Organists and Ornithologists of the 20th Century Who Developed 'Modes of Limited Transposition')
Olivier Messiaen
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: 1992

French composer and organist Olivier Messiaen is credited with creating melodically innovative scores, using what he called "modes of limited transposition." An ornithologist, too, he added bird songs into his compositions such as La fauvette des jardins and Catalogue d'oiseaux. His Messiaen: Concert A Quatre won a Grammy.

 13 
Carlos Castaneda
(Author and Anthropologist Known for His Book ‘The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge’)
Carlos Castaneda
7
Birthdate: December 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
Died: 1998

Peruvian-American author and anthropologist Carlos Castaneda was born to unwed parents. He lived a mysterious life, and though believed to be married, he later denied the claim. An expert on shamanism, he was a disciple of sorcerer Don Juan Matus and later penned books such as The Teachings of Don Juan.

 14 
Katherine DeMille
(Actress)
Katherine DeMille
0
Birthdate: June 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 1995
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 15 
Al Hirt
(Trumpeter)
Al Hirt
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1999
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 16 
Ruth Handler
(Businesswoman)
Ruth Handler
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: 2002
 17 
Mstislav Rostropovich
(Conductor)
Mstislav Rostropovich
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: 2007
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Charles Alston
(Painter, Sculptor, Artist, Muralist, Teacher)
Charles Alston
5
Birthdate: November 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte
Died: 1977
 19 
Daniel Daly
(Military Leader)
Daniel Daly
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 11, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glen Cove, New York, United States
Died: 1937
 20 
Zebulon Pike
(Explorer, Military personnel)
Zebulon Pike
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 5, 1779
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lamberton, New Jersey
Died: 1813

American army officer Zebulon Pike is best remembered for his exploration of areas around the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. While traversing through the southern Colorado region, he was detained by Spanish colonial authorities. He lent his name to the famed Pikes Peak in Colorado.

 21 
Arthur Shields
(Actor)
Arthur Shields
1
Birthdate: February 15, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1970
 22 
Maud Gonne
(English-born Irish Republican Revolutionary, Suffragette & Actress)
Maud Gonne
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tongham, England
Died: 1953

Maud Gonne not just co-founded the Sinn Féin party but also participated in the theater movement of W.B Yeats, who made her his muse and proposed to her many times, only to be rejected. An Irish nationalist, she also formed the Daughters of Ireland and acted in Yeats’s first play Cathleen ni Houlihan.

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Hart Crane
(Poet)
Hart Crane
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Garrettsville, Ohio, United States
Died: 1932
 24 
Edmund Husserl
(German Philosopher, Mathematician and Founder of Phenomenology)
Edmund Husserl
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 8, 1859
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechia
Died: 1938

Edmund Husserl was a German philosopher of Moravian origin. He established the school of phenomenology. He studied mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the University of Leipzig and worked as an assistant to mathematician Karl Weierstrass. He later became a professor of philosophy and taught for several years. He is considered a major figure in 20th-century philosophy.  

 25 
Frankie Manning
(Dancer and choreographer)
Frankie Manning
2
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: May 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: 2009
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Gene Fullmer
(Boxer)
Gene Fullmer
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Jordan, Utah, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Fred Bear
(American Bow Hunter and Manufacturer)
Fred Bear
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1988
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Kōnosuke Matsushita
(Founder of the Japan's Leading Consumer Electronics Company 'Panasonic')
Kōnosuke Matsushita
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wakayama, Japan
Died: 1989

Widely known as the God of Management in Japan, Kōnosuke Matsushita began his career as an errand boy and gradually set up his own consumer electric appliances manufacturing company, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. He later founded the brand Panasonic. He had also penned several books on management.

 29 
Marian Mercer
(Actress, Musician)
Marian Mercer
1
Birthdate: November 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: 2011
 30 
Zita
(Saint)
Zita
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1212 AD
Birthplace: Tuscany, Italy
Died: 1272
 31 
Greg Page
(Boxer)
Greg Page
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: 2009
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Kenneth Tsang
(Actor who won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 34th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2015)
Kenneth Tsang
2
Birthdate: September 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: 2022
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Gerard van Honthorst
(Painter)
Gerard van Honthorst
0
Birthdate: November 4, 1592
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: 1656
 34 
James Bruce
(Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist)
James Bruce
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 14, 1730
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stirling
Died: 1794

Scottish explorer James Bruce is best known for his treatises of travel and his discovery of the source of the Blue Nile. Initially a wine merchant, he later became a British consul in Algiers and decided to explore North Africa. He traveled to places such as Syria, Ethiopia, and Egypt.

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Vito Acconci
(Architect)
Vito Acconci
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: January 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2017

Vito Acconci was an American installation artist whose works had a profound influence on other popular artists like Karen Finley, Bruce Nauman, Laurie Anderson, and Tracey Emin. Acconci is credited with developing several public parks, artificial islands, airport rest areas, and other architectural projects across the United States.

 36 
Anne Desclos
(Journalist)
Anne Desclos
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochefort, France
Died: 1998
 37 
Albert J. Beveridge
(Politician)
Albert J. Beveridge
0
Birthdate: October 6, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Highland County, Ohio, United States
Died: 1927
 38 
Ed Diener
(Psychologist)
Ed Diener
0
Birthdate: July 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Died: 2021
 39 
Willem Frederik Hermans
(One of the Most Prolific and Versatile Dutch Authors of the Twentieth Century)
Willem Frederik Hermans
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: 1995

Dutch Literature Prize-winning author Willem Frederik Hermans was one of his country’s most versatile writers and one of the most significant from the post-war era. His satirical works focused on social evils. An Untouched House and The Darkroom of Damocles remain 2 of his best-known works.

 40 
David Wilkerson
(Christian Evangelist Best Known for His Book 'The Cross and the Switchblad')
David Wilkerson
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 19, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammond, Indiana, United States
Died: 2011

David Wilkerson was an American evangelist who founded Teen Challenge, an addiction recovery program that aims at providing rehabilitation services to people around the world. He is also credited with founding the non-denominational Times Square Church. David Wilkerson is also remembered for his biographical book The Cross and the Switchblade.

 41 
William Jones
(British Philologist and Jurist Known for His Research on Oriental Languages)
William Jones
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 28, 1746
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1794
 42 
Jan van Goyen
(Painter)
Jan van Goyen
0
Birthdate: January 13, 1596
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden, Netherlands
Died: 1656
 43 
Julius Sterling Morton
(Politician)
Julius Sterling Morton
0
Birthdate: April 22, 1832
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adams, New York, United States
Died: 1902
 44 
Troy Sneed
(Singer)
Troy Sneed
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Perry, Florida, United States
Died: 2020
 45 
Mark Weiser
(Computer scientist)
Mark Weiser
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1999
 46 
Simeon of Russia
(Grand Prince of Moscow)
Simeon of Russia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1316
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1353
 47 
Walter H. Breen
(Novelist)
Walter H. Breen
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: 1993
 48 
Vladimir Stoychev
(Bulgarian Military officer, Diplomat and Olympic Equestrian)
Vladimir Stoychev
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: 1990

Vladimir Stoychev was a Bulgarian diplomat, Colonel General, and Olympic equestrian. As part of the Bulgarian Army, Stoychev took part in the Balkan Wars and the First World War. In the interwar period, Vladimir Stoychev competed at the 1924 and 1928 Olympics as an equestrian. From 1952 to 1987, he served as a member of the International Olympic Committee

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Jacopo Sannazzaro
(Poet)
Jacopo Sannazzaro
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 28, 1456
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: 1530
 50 
Emil von Sauer
(German Composer and One of the Most Distinguished Pianists of His Generation)
Emil von Sauer
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 8, 1862
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: 1942

Emil von Sauer was a German pianist, composer, piano teacher, and score editor. Sauer, who studied music under the popular Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, went on to become one of the most revered pianists of his generation. Sauer is also remembered for his association with Vienna Academy where he served as the head of the university's Meisterschule für Klavierspiel.