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Day History: February-27

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History of Deaths


640- Pepin of Landen|Pepin the Elder -Frankish politician (b. 580)

956- Patriarch Theophylact of Constantinople -(b. 917)

1659- Henry Dunster -English-American clergyman and academic (b. 1609)

1699- Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton -English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire (b. 1625)

1706- John Evelyn -English author (b. 1620)

1720- Samuel Parris -English-American minister (b. 1653)

1735- John Arbuthnot -Scottish physician (b. 1667)

1795- Tanikaze Kajinosuke -Japanese sumo wrestler (b. 1750)

1844- Nicholas Biddle (banker)|Nicholas Biddle -American banker (b. 1786)

1887- Alexander Borodin -Russian composer and chemist (b. 1833)

1892- Louis Vuitton (designer)|Louis Vuitton -French businessman, founded Louis Vuitton (b. 1821)

1902- Breaker Morant -English-Australian lieutenant (b. 1864)

1921- Schofield Haigh -English cricketer (b. 1871)

1928- Jürgen Kröger -German architect (b. 1856)

1931- Chandra Shekhar Azad -Indian activist (b. 1906)

1932- William Southam -Canadian publisher (b. 1843)

1936- Joshua W. Alexander -American politician (b. 1852)

1936- Ivan Pavlov -Russian physiologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1849)

1937- Emily Malbone Morgan -American saint, founded the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (b. 1862)

1941- William D. Byron -American politician (b. 1895)

1943- Kostis Palamas -Greek poet (b. 1859)

1956- Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar -Indian politician, 1st Speaker of the Lok Sabha (b. 1888)

1964- Orry-Kelly -Australian costume designer (b. 1897)

1968- Frankie Lymon -American singer-songwriter (The Teenagers) (b. 1942)

1969- Marius Barbeau -Canadian ethnographer (b. 1883)

1972- Pat Brady -American actor and singer (b. 1914)

1973- Bill Everett -American author and illustrator (b. 1917)

1975- Knut Kroon -Swedish footballer (b. 1906)

1977- John Dickson Carr -American author (b. 1905)

1978- Vadim Salmanov -Russian composer (b. 1912)

1980- George Tobias -American actor (b. 1901)

1981- Jacob H. Gilbert -American politician (b. 1920)

1985- Ray Ellington -English singer and drummer (b. 1916)

1985- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. -American politician and diplomat, 3rd United States Ambassador to the United Nations (b. 1902)

1985- J. Pat O'Malley -English actor (b. 1904)

1986- Jacques Plante -Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1929)

1987- Bill Holman (cartoonist)|Bill Holman -American cartoonist (b. 1903)

1987- Franciszek Blachnicki -Polish priest (b. 1921)

1987- Joan Greenwood -English actress and director (b. 1921)

1989- Paul Oswald Ahnert -German astronomer (b. 1897)

1989- Konrad Lorenz -Austrian zoologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel laureate (b. 1903)

1990- Nahum Norbert Glatzer -Ukrainian-American scholar and theologian (b. 1903)

1990- Josephine Johnson -American author (b. 1910)

1992- S. I. Hayakawa -Canadian-American linguist and politician (b. 1906)

1993- Lillian Gish -American actress (b. 1893)

1998- George H. Hitchings -American scientist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)

1998- J. T. Walsh -American actor (b. 1943)

1999- Horace Tapscott -American pianist and composer (b. 1934)

2002- Spike Milligan -Indian-Irish comedian, actor, and author (b. 1918)

2003- John Lanchbery -English-Australian composer and conductor (b. 1923)

2003- Fred Rogers -American television host (b. 1928)

2004- Yoshihiko Amino -Japanese historian (b. 1928)

2004- Paul Sweezy -American economist (b. 1910)

2006- Otis Chandler -American publisher (b. 1927)

2006- Robert Lee Scott, Jr. -American general and author (b. 1908)

2006- Linda Smith (comedian)|Linda Smith -English comedian and author (b. 1958)

2007- Bobby Rosengarden -American drummer (b. 1924)

2007- Bernd Freytag von Loringhoven -German general (b. 1914)

2008- Ivan Rebroff -German singer (b. 1931)

2008- William F. Buckley, Jr. -American author and journalist, founded the ''National Review'' (b. 1925)

2008- Boyd Coddington -American motorcycle designer (b. 1944)

2008- Myron Cope -American sportscaster (b. 1929)

2010- Nanaji Deshmukh -Indian activist (b. 1916)

2010- Madeleine Ferron -Canadian author (b. 1922)

2011- Frank Buckles -American soldier (b. 1901)

2011- Duke Snider -American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster (b. 1926)

2012- Ely Bielutin -Russian painter (b. 1925)

2012- Vince Dantona -American ventriloquist (b. 1949)

2012- Ma Jiyuan -Chinese general (b. 1921)

2012- Tina Strobos -Dutch physician and psychiatrist (b. 1920)

2012- Helga Vlahović -Croatian journalist and producer (b. 1945)

2013- María Asquerino -Spanish actress (b. 1925)

2013- Van Cliburn -American pianist (b. 1934)

2013- Ramon Dekkers -Dutch mixed martial artist and kick-boxer (b. 1969)

2013- Stéphane Hessel -German-French diplomat and author (b. 1917)

2013- Richard Street -American singer-songwriter (The Temptations and The Monitors (American band)|The Monitors) (b. 1942)

2013- Adolfo Zaldívar -Chilean lawyer and politician (b. 1943)

2013- Imants Ziedonis -Latvian poet (b. 1933)

2014- Aaron Allston -American game designer and author (b. 1960)

2014- Jan Hoet -Belgian curator and critic (b. 1936)

2014- Tim Kehoe -American chemist and author (b. 1970)

2014- Huber Matos -Cuban-American activist (b. 1918)

2014- Terry Rand -American basketball player (b. 1934)

2014- Wilford Scypion -American boxer (b. 1958)

2014- Vicente T. Ximenes -American activist (b. 1919)