Died On July 27th

Discover the most famous people who died on July 27. The list includes people like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, John Dalton, Gertrude Stein, James Mason. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, actors, novelists and economists and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France and many more countries.
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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
(The Last Shah of Iran Who Ruled from 1941 to 1979)
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
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Birthdate: October 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: 1980

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi served as the last king of Iran from 1941 to 1979. During his reign, Iran witnessed rapid military and industrial modernization and several social and economic reforms. During his rule, Iran also enjoyed a spike in economic growth, surpassing France, England, and the US. However, the Iranian Revolution, which was unusual in many ways, overthrew the king.

 2 
Bob Hope
(Stand-Up Comedian Known for His One-Liners and Rapid-Fire Delivery of Jokes)
Bob Hope
18
Birthdate: May 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eltham, London, England
Died: 2003
Bob Hope began his career with vaudeville and Broadway, before plunging into radio and films. He is remembered for his comedy timing and trademark self-deprecating humor. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and authored 14 books, apart from performing for the U.S. military in 57 USO tours.
 3 
Sam Shepard
17
Birthdate: November 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, United States
Died: 2017
Ten-time Obie Award-winning playwright, author, director, and actor Samuel Shepard had also won a Pulitzer Prize for the play Buried Child. He was also the drummer of the rock band The Holy Modal Rounders. Fans remember him for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff.
 4 
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
(Aerospace Scientist & 11th President of India)
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: October 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: 2015
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, India’s 11th president, had earlier been an aerospace scientist at DRDO and ISRO. Known as the “People’s President” and the “Missile Man of India,” he was instrumental in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests. He died of a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong.
 5 
Tony Dow
(Film Producer and Actor Best Known for His Role in the Sitcom 'Leave It to Beaver')
Tony Dow
13
Birthdate: April 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: 2022
Tony Dow is best known as Wally Cleaver from the long-running sitcom Leave It to Beaver and its sequel. He also created abstract bronze sculptures and was a Junior Olympics diving champion. 
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James Mason
13
Birthdate: May 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huddersfield, England
Died: 1984

James Mason was an English actor known for his work in both British cinema and Hollywood. One of the most bankable actors during the mid-1940s, Mason became the first person to be honored with the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film. He is credited with saving Buster Keaton's reels of nitrate film, which he discovered in Keaton’s previously owned house.

 7 
John Dalton
(Chemist, Physicist and Meteorologist Best Known for Developing the 'Atomic Theory')
John Dalton
12
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 6, 1766
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England
Died: 1844

John Dalton was an English chemist, physicist, and meteorologist most famous for introducing the atomic theory into chemistry. He also contributed a lot to the study of color blindness, sometimes referred to as Daltonism in his honor. He was the first scientist to refer to the smallest particle of matter as an “atom.” He was a Quaker and lived modestly. 

 8 
Gertrude Stein
(American Novelist, Poet and Playwright)
Gertrude Stein
21
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1946

Gertrude Stein was an American playwright, novelist, poet, and art collector. She is remembered for publishing works about lesbian sexuality, which was considered a taboo at that time. Over the years, Gertrude Stein has been the subject of several works of art. In the 2011 movie Midnight in Paris, Stein was portrayed by Kathy Bates.

 9 
Garrett Morgan
(Inventor)
Garrett Morgan
23
Birthdate: March 4, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1963

Garrett Morgan is remembered for inventing the Morgan safety hood, which served as a prototype for later gas masks. He also invented the T-shaped traffic signal and a range of hair-care products, such as hair straightening creams. An NAACP member, he also launched a newspaper to cater to African-Americans.

 10 
Kevin Carter
(South African Photojournalist and Member of the ‘Bang-Bang’ Club)
Kevin Carter
26
Birthdate: September 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: 1994

Kevin Carter was a South African photojournalist whose photograph titled the vulture and the little girl, which depicted the 1993 famine in Sudan, earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1994. Carter committed suicide in 1994 after suffering from depression. A book titled The Bang Bang Club, which was later made into a film, depicts his story.

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JayDaYoungan
(American Rapper and Singer)
JayDaYoungan
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 15, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bogalusa, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2022
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 12 
Reggie Lewis
(Basketball player)
Reggie Lewis
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Died: 1993
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William Wyler
(Swiss-German-American Film Producer and Director)
William Wyler
3
Birthdate: July 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Died: 1981

William Wyler was a Swiss-German-American film producer and director. He is remembered for winning the Oscar for Best Director on three occasions. Wyler holds a record 12 nominations for the Oscar for Best Director. He is credited with helping numerous actors achieve stardom. Fourteen performers, including Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Olivia de Havilland won Oscars under William Wyler's direction.

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Geoffrey Hughes
(Actor)
Geoffrey Hughes
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Birthdate: February 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wallasey, Cheshire, England, UK
Died: 2012
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 15 
Maury Chaykin
(Best Known for His work in TV Series ‘Nero Wolfe’)
Maury Chaykin
1
Birthdate: July 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2010

Born to an American father and a Canadian mother, Maury Chaykin grew up to be a popular character actor, who gained accolades with films such as Dances with Wolves and Whale Music. He also breathed life into the roles of driving-school owner Sam Blecher and detective Nero Wolfe.

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Virginia Admiral
(American Painter and Poet)
Virginia Admiral
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Dalles, Oregon, United States
Died: 2000
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Lee Miller
(Photographer)
Lee Miller
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: 1977
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Jack Tatum
(American Football Player)
Jack Tatum
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherryville, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Leon Wilkeson
(Bassist)
Leon Wilkeson
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: 2001
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Claire Lee Chennault
(US Military Aviator Who Commanded the US Army Air Forces in China)
Claire Lee Chennault
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Commerce, Texas, United States
Died: 1958

US major general and military aviator Claire Lee Chennault is remembered for commanding the US Army Air Forces in China during WWII. He also formed the American Volunteer Group known as the Flying Tigers. He launched the commercial airline Civil Air Transport, which later became known as Air America.

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Miklós Rózsa
(Composer)
Miklós Rózsa
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1995

Born in Hungary, Miklós Rózsa was a music prodigy and learned to play the violin at age 5. After studying music in Germany, he pursued his music career in France, the UK, and the US. He is remembered for his Academy Award-winning scores in movies such as Ben-Hur and Spellbound.

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Mikhail Lermontov
(Russian Romantic Writer, Poet and Painter)
Mikhail Lermontov
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 15, 1814
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1841

One of the most significant Russian romantic authors of the Golden Age of Russian Poetry, Mikhail Lermontov is remembered for his iconic novel A Hero of Our Time. His initial poems, such as Prisoner of the Caucasus, were highly Byronic. His writings laid the foundation for the Russian psychological novel.

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Frank Zamboni
(Inventor)
Frank Zamboni
1
Birthdate: January 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Eureka, Utah, United States
Died: 1988
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Jerry Doyle
(Radio personality)
Jerry Doyle
1
Birthdate: July 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died: 2016
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Gordon Solie
(American Professional Wrestling Play-By-Play Announcer)
Gordon Solie
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Birthdate: January 26, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2000
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Clement of Ohrid
(The First Bishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Who Inspired Slavs to Follow Christianity)
Clement of Ohrid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Macedonia Greece, Greece
Died: 0916

A pioneering medieval Bulgarian saint, Clement of Ohrid was a student of saints Cyril and Methodius. He inspired a huge number of Slavs to follow Christianity. He was also the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s first bishop and one of its Seven Apostles. He is remembered as the patron saint of North Macedonia.

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Johnny Weissmuller Jr.
(Actor)
Johnny Weissmuller Jr.
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2006
 28 
Smoky Joe Wood
(Baseball player)
Smoky Joe Wood
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: 1985
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Lilian Harvey
(Actress)
Lilian Harvey
1
Birthdate: January 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: 1968
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Youssef Chahine
(Film Director)
Youssef Chahine
0
Birthdate: January 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 2008
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Tony Martin
(Actor)
Tony Martin
7
Birthdate: December 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 2012
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Emil Theodor Kocher
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: 1917

Emil Theodor Kocher was a Swiss medical researcher and physician. In 1909, Kocher became the first surgeon and first Swiss citizen to receive a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He earned the prize for his work in the pathology, physiology, and surgery of the thyroid. He was widely regarded as a leader and pioneer in the field of surgery.

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Pope Nicholas II
(Head of the Catholic Church (1059 - 1061))
Pope Nicholas II
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0990 AD
Birthplace: Château de Chevron, France
Died: 1061

Also known as Gerard of Burgundy, Pope Nicholas II headed the Catholic Church in the 11th century. He not only increased papal influence in Italy but also brought about a change in the election procedure of popes, shifting the power of electing popes from the Roman aristocracy to cardinals.

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Ferruccio Busoni
(Italian Composer, Pianist and Conductor Known for His Works ‘Arlecchino’ and ‘Doktor Faust’)
Ferruccio Busoni
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Empoli, Italy
Died: 1924

Born to musician parents in Italy, Ferruccio Busoni was a child prodigy, having begun composing at the age of 7. He grew up to be a piano professor in Finland, and his work later took him to Moscow and the U.S. He is remembered for his opera and chamber pieces.

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James Alan McPherson
(Former essayist, short-story writer who was first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
James Alan McPherson
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: 2016
 36 
James I of Aragon
(King)
James I of Aragon
2
Birthdate: February 2, 1208
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: 1276
 37 
Brigitte Horney
(Actress)
Brigitte Horney
0
Birthdate: March 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dahlem (Berlin) Dahlem, Province of Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia Prussia, German Empire (now Berlin, Germany)
Died: 1988
 38 
John Stott
(Theologian)
John Stott
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2011
 39 
Jeanne Modigliani
(Historian)
Jeanne Modigliani
1
Birthdate: November 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: 1984

Jeanne Modigliani was an Italian-French Jewish art historian. She was the daughter of artists Amedeo Modigliani and Jeanne Hébuterne. She lost both her parents as a small child and was adopted by her aunt. She conducted extensive biographical research on her father years after his death and published the book Modigliani: Man and Myth.   

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Hideki Irabu
(Baseball player)
Hideki Irabu
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hirara, Okinawa, Japan
Died: 2011
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 41 
Harry Edison
(Jazz Trumpeter)
Harry Edison
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United State
Died: 1999
 42 
Ethel Voynich
(Novelist)
Ethel Voynich
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 11, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ballintemple, Cork, Ireland
Died: 1960
 43 
Max Dupain
(Photographer)
Max Dupain
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 22, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: 1992

Max Dupain began clicking pictures with his first camera at age 13. Mostly a landscape photographer, his works mirror the geometry of his industrial subjects. His best-known works include Sunbaker and Bondi. He was also made an OBE. He was married to pioneering photographer Olive Cotton.

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Einojuhani Rautavaara
(Legendary Finnish Composer)
Einojuhani Rautavaara
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: 2016

One of the most prominent composers from Finland, Einojuhani Rautavaara was the son of an opera singer and thus no stranger to music as a child. In his career of over 7 decades, he created numerous masterpieces, including the operas Aleksis Kivi and Vincent. His works include choral, chamber, and electronic music, too.

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Montgomery Blair
(lawyer, judge)
Montgomery Blair
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County
Died: 1883
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Agota Kristof
(Writer)
Agota Kristof
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Csikvánd, Hungary
Died: 2011
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John Robert Schrieffer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Died: 2019
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António de Oliveira Salazar
(Former Acting President of Portugal)
António de Oliveira Salazar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 28, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vimieiro (Santa Comba Dão), Portugal
Died: 1970
Portuguese economist António de Oliveira Salazar had been the prime minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. He had also been the minister of defense and finance, among others. He led to the Estado Novo, or New State, in Portugal. He opposed Nazism and fascism, and demilitarized his country.
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William Lowndes Yancey
(Journalist)
William Lowndes Yancey
0
Birthdate: August 10, 1814
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warren, Georgia, United States
Died: 1863
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Widji Thukul
(Indonesian Political Activist and Poet)
Widji Thukul
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solo, Central Java
Died: 1998
Widji Thukul is an Indonesian political activist and poet. A member of the People's Democratic Party, Thukul often wrote poems critical of the social conditions of Indonesia. Widji Thukul went missing on 10 February 1998 at the age of 34.