The following is a list of notable world figures who died on January 27.

  1. 98 - Nerva, Roman Emperor (b. 35)
  2. 1490 - Ashikaga Yoshimasa, Japanese shogun (b. 1435)
  3. 1629 - Hieronymus Praetorius, German composer (b. 1560)
  4. 1638 - Gonzalo de Céspedes y Meneses, Spanish novelist
  5. 1731 - Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian maker of musical instruments (b. 1655)
  6. 1740 - Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prime Minister of France (b. 1692)
  7. 1814 - Johann Gottlieb Fichte, German philosopher (b. 1762)
  8. 1816 - Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral (b. 1724)
  9. 1851 - John James Audubon, French-American naturalist, ornithologist, and painter (b. 1789)
  10. 1857 - Dorothea Lieven, Russian noblewoman (b. 1785)
  11. 1860 - János Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1802)
  12. 1880 - Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)
  13. 1901 - Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (b. 1813)
  14. 1910 - Thomas Crapper, English inventor (b. 1836)
  15. 1919 - Endre Ady, Hungarian poet (b. 1877)
  16. 1921 - Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian winner of the Victoria Cross (b. 1891)
  17. 1940 - Isaac Babel, Ukrainian writer (b. 1894)
  18. 1956 - Erich Kleiber, Argentine conductor (b. 1890)
  19. 1967 - Crew of Apollo 1:
  20. Roger Chaffee (b. 1935)
  21. Virgil "Gus" Grissom (b. 1926)
  22. Edward White (b. 1930)
  23. 1970 - Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  24. 1971 - Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
  25. 1972 - Mahalia Jackson, American singer (b. 1911)
  26. 1972] - Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (b. 1888)
  27. 1973 - William Nolde, last American combat casualty of Vietnam War (b. 1929)
  28. 1975 - Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  29. 1983 - Louis de Funès, French actor (b. 1914)
  30. 1986 - Lilli Palmer, German-born actress (b. 1914)
  31. 1988 - Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  32. 1989 - Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  33. 1992 - Allan Jones, American actor and singer (b. 1908)
  34. 1993 - André the Giant, professional wrestler and actor (b. 1946)
  35. 1994 - Claude Akins, American actor (b. 1918)
  36. 1996 - Ralph Yarborough, American politician (b. 1903)
  37. 2000 - Friedrich Gulda, Austrian pianist (b. 1930)
  38. 2003 - Henryk Jablonski, President of communist People's Republic of Poland (b. 1909)
  39. 2004 - Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
  40. 2004 - Salvador Laurel, 9th Vice President of the Philippines (b.1928)
  41. 2006 - Johannes Rau, 8th Bundespräsident (President of Germany) (b. 1931)