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

  1. 1521 - Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese explorer (b. 1480)
  2. 1782 - William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician (b. 1710)
  3. 1813 - Zebulon Pike, American frontiersman and explorer (b. 1779)
  4. 1882 - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist (b. 1803)
  5. 1965 - Edward R. Murrow, American journalist (b. 1908)
  6. 1996 - William Colby, American director of the Central Intelligence Agency (b. 1920)
  7. 2000 - Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (b. 1954)
  8. 2002 - George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  9. 2002 - Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (b. 1916)
  10. 2006 - Julia Thorne, ex-wife of John Kerry (b. 1944)