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

  1. 366 - Procopius, Roman usurper (executed)
  2. 866 - Ordoño I, King of Asturias
  3. 927 - Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria
  4. 1444 - John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (b. 1404)
  5. 1508 - Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan (b. 1452)
  6. 1525 - Thomas Muentzer, German rebel leader
  7. 1541 - Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (executed) (b. 1473)
  8. 1564 - John Calvin, French religious reformer (b. 1509)
  9. 1610 - François Ravaillac, French assassin of Henry IV of France (b. 1578)
  10. 1615 - Marguerite de Valois, queen of Henry IV of France (b. 1553)
  11. 1661 - Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, Scottish religious dissident (executed) (b. 1607)
  12. 1675 - Gaspard Dughet, French painter (b. 1613)
  13. 1690 - Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian composer (b. 1626)
  14. 1702 - Dominique Bouhours, French critic (b. 1628)
  15. 1707 - Marquise de Montespan, French mistress of Louis XIV of France (b. 1641)
  16. 1781 - Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (b. 1716)
  17. 1797 - François-Noël Babeuf, French revolutionary and early socialist (b. 1760)
  18. 1831 - Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  19. 1840 - Niccolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer (b. 1782)
  20. 1896 - Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (b. 1839)
  21. 1910 - Robert Koch, German physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1843)
  22. 1926 - Srecko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  23. 1947 - Ed Konetchy, baseball player (b. 1885)
  24. 1949 - Robert Ripley, American cartoonist (Ripley's Believe It or Not!) (b. 1890)
  25. 1953 - Jesse Burkett, Baseball player (b. 1868)
  26. 1960 - James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)
  27. 1964 - Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian politician (b. 1889)
  28. 1967 - Ernst Niekisch, German politician (b. 1889)
  29. 1969 - Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (b. 1926)
  30. 1986 - Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher and comparative religion scholar (b. 1921)
  31. 1987 - John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1891)
  32. 1989 - Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  33. 1991 - Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  34. 1992 - Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  35. 1993 - Mary Philbin, American actress (b. 1903)
  36. 1993 - Werner Stocker, German actor (b. 1955)
  37. 2000 - Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1917)
  38. 2000 - Maurice Richard, Canadian hockey player (b. 1921)
  39. 2001 - Ramon Bieri, American actor (b. 1929)
  40. 2003 - Luciano Berio, Italian composer (b. 1925)
  41. 2006 - Craig Heyward, American football player (b. 1966)
  42. 2006 - Paul Gleason, American actor (b. 1939)
  43. 2006 - Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  44. 2006 - Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)