Roussimoff, André 'The Giant' b. May 19, 1946 d. January 27, 1993 Professional Wrestler, Actor. One of the largest athletes to participate in any sport, at his peak, he stood 7' 4" tall and weighed over 500 pounds. He was the first wrestler to gain national fame and was largely responsible for the immense popularity of wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s. Born in the village of Grenoble, France, he suffered from acromegaly, a disease that results in an over abundance of growth hormones. Also known as Gigantism, this disease caused Andre's body to continue...[Read More] (Bio by: Art & Tracy) Cause of death: Congestive heart failure Roussimoff Family Ranch Grounds, Ellerbe, Richmond County, North Carolina, USA Plot: His ashes are buried under his favorite garden in his North Carolina ranch.
Grissom, Virgil Ivan 'Gus' b. April 3, 1926 d. January 27, 1967 Astronaut. Grissom was a native of Mitchell, Indiana and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with cluster for his Korean service, two NASA Distinguished Service medals and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the Air Force Command Astronaut Wings. He received his wings in March 1951. He flew 100 combat missions in Korea in F-86s with the 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and, upon returning to...[Read More] Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 3, Lot 2503-E, Grid Q-15/16
Jackson, Mahalia b. October 26, 1911 d. January 27, 1972 Gospel performer and singer who had a powerful and expressive contralto voice. Her concerts and recordings gained worldwide recognition for African-American religious music. Her singing combined powerful vitality with dignity and strong religious beliefts. She disliked being identified with nonreligious music, though her singing style revealed the influence of jazz. Mahalia Jackson, the third of six children was born in poverty in a three-room "shot-gun" shack in New Orleans, Louisana in 1911...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Cause of death: Heart ailment Providence Memorial Park, Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Chaffee, Roger Bruce b. February 15, 1935 d. January 27, 1967 Astronaut. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he was an engineer, Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy and a NASA Astronaut in the Apollo program. On January 27, 1967, during a training exercise and pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission, Chaffee was killed, along with Astronauts Edward White and Gus Grissom in a command module fire, on the launching pad at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. During the 8 seconds that the fire raged, Chaffee stayed strapped to his seat and continued to relay...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 3, Lot 2502-F, Grid Q-15/16
Verdi, Giuseppe b. October 10, 1813 d. January 27, 1901 Composer. A titan of 19th Century music and the most important Italian opera composer of his era. Verdi was a master of theatrical effect and in evoking human passions through music, giving his works a timeless appeal. Many of his stirring melodies are still familiar worldwide. Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born in Roncole, Parma. He showed an early aptitude for music and at age seven was studying with the organist at the local church. At 16 he became assistant organist of the main...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Casa di Reposo per Musicisti, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy Plot: Verdi Tomb
Verdi, Giuseppe [original burial site] b. October 10, 1813 d. January 27, 1901 Composer. A titan of 19th Century music and the most important Italian opera composer of his era. Verdi was a master of theatrical effect and in evoking human passions through music, giving his works a timeless appeal. Many of his stirring melodies are still familiar worldwide. Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born in Roncole, Parma. He showed an early aptitude for music and at age seven was studying with the organist at the local church. At 16 he became assistant organist of the main...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Milano, Milan, Provincia di Milano, Lombardia, Italy
White II., Edward Higgins b. November 14, 1930 d. January 27, 1967 Astronaut. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was a Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, whom received flight training in Florida and Texas, following his graduation from West Point. He then spent 3-1/2 years in Germany with a fighter squadron, flying F-86's and F-100's. He was a Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1959 and was named as a member of the NASA Astronaut team in September 1962. He was pilot for Gemini 4, which was a 66-revolution, 4-day mission June 3 to 7...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA Plot: Section 18, Row G, Grave 80 GPS coordinates: 41.3995514, -73.9661789 (hddd.dddd)
Audubon, John James b. April 26, 1785 d. January 27, 1851 Artist. Indelibly linked with the painting of birds, Audubon was the son of a French sea captain and his Creole mistress. Educated in his father's native France, he had spent a disastrous year at a military school before studying art in Paris with the great David. At age 18 he emigrated to the United States, where he set out for the frontier. An excellent shot and horseman, Audubon could also dance with grace and perform parlor tricks, but his one obsession was painting birds. In the course of...[Read More] (Bio by: Nikita Barlow) Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA Plot: East side of church
Crapper, Thomas b. September 28, 1836 d. January 27, 1910 Inventor. Crapper was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1836 or 1837, but his exact birthdate is unknown. Crapper was thought to have been an urban legend and not a real person at all. He was credited with the invention of the 'Water Closet' or 'Flush Toilet' but in fact he only helped to improve it by inventing the 'Silent Valveless Water Waste Preventer' a ball and suction device that allows an efficient flush with a minimum of water and also shuts off the flow to the tank. The story of the '...[Read More] (Bio by: K) Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Beckenham, London Borough of Bromley, Greater London, England
Höglund, Erik b. January 31, 1932 d. January 27, 1998 Acclaimed Glass Artist, Painter, Sculptor. For many years cooperating with famous glassworks Boda of Sweden, where he made many of his appreciated works, as well as famous designs. His glass works made international recognition and besides his pieces of art, he also made some 150 public adornments, in Sweden and abroad. His works are concidered revolutionary. (Bio by: Peter Robsahm) Cause of death: Diabetes Maria Magdalena Kyrkogård, Stockholm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Hinckley, Gordon Bitner b. June 23, 1910 d. January 27, 2008 Mormon Church Leader. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he was the 15th president of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Beginning in 1995 he led the church through a period of significant international expansion and made its giant collection of genealogical records available to the world via the world wide web as a means to help spread the Mormon faith. A marked change from prior leadership, he was known for embracing the news media to promote understanding of the church and was...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cause of death: Natural causes Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Salinger, J. (Jerome David) D. b. January 1, 1919 d. January 27, 2010 Novelist, Short Story Writer. His book "The Catcher in the Rye" (1951) is considered the classic 20th Century novel of alienated youth. It has sold over 60 million copies worldwide. The author himself became legendary for his reclusive behavior. Salinger was born in New York City, to prosperous parents of Jewish-Scottish-Irish descent. He graduated from the Valley Forge Military Academy in 1936 and attended New York University, Ursinus College and Columbia University without earning a degree...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Bryan, George b. 1731 d. January 27, 1791 Revolutionary War Patriot. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he came to America at age 20, engaged in mercantile pursuits, and became wealthy as an importer and exporter. He took an active opposition role against the 1765 Stamp Act, and signed a Non-Importation Agreement with other Philadelphia merchants pledging to end importing goods from Great Britain. That bold stand directly lead to his loss of business and his bankruptcy in 1771. In ill health for most of the beginning of the decade when the seeds...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section C, Lot 13
Akins, Claude b. May 25, 1926 d. January 27, 1994 Actor. He is best known for his portrayal of the title role in the television series "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo" from 1979 to 1981. A graduate of Northwestern University, he served with the United States Army Signal Corps in World War II in Burma and the Philippines. After the war he became a popular motion picture and television figure who appeared in many classic television series. (Bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Cancer Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Paar, Jack b. May 1, 1918 d. January 27, 2004 Legendary talk-show host and television personality. Started off in broadcasting as a radio announcer in Cleveland and the Midwest. During World War II he entertained troops in the South Pacific with his parodies of military brass, but didn't become a radio star until the post-war years as a summer replacement on Jack Benny's radio show. He hosted "The Tonight Show" from 1957-1962. He even quit the show briefly in 1960 as a matter of principle, after NBC edited out a joke that used the term "...[Read More] (Bio by: Anonymous) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Carroll Jr., Bob b. August 13, 1918 d. January 27, 2007 Television Writer. One of the creators of "I Love Lucy". Carroll, along with Madelyn Pugh Davis, originally scripted Lucille Ball's radio show "My Favorite Husband", and went on to co-write every episode of "I Love Lucy" (1951 to 1957), as well as Ball's subsequent series "The Lucy Show" (1962 to 1968), "Here's Lucy" (1968 to 1972), and the short-lived "Life with Lucy" (1986). The two were also Executive Producers for the TV series "Private Benjamin" and "Alice". In 2005 Carroll co-authored...[Read More] (Bio by: David) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Seeger, Pete b. May 3, 1919 d. January 27, 2014 American Singer, Songwriter and Activist. Seeger's interest in music began early. His father Charles, was a musicologist and his mother Constance, was a violin teacher; both were on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music. He learned banjo, ukulele, and guitar by his teens and became interested in American folk-music when he was 16. He began working with noted folk archivist and field recorder Alan Lomax before traveling around the country learning rural music. He attended Harvard...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
McFadden, Gene b. 1948 d. January 27, 2006 Songwriter. Along with collaborator John Whitehead, he wrote a string of hits for Philadelphia International Records in the 1960s and 1970s, including "Back Stabbers" "For the Love of Money", and "Wake Up Everybody." As teenagers in Philadelphia McFadden and Whitehead formed The Epsilons and sang backing vocals on a two-year tour with Otis Redding. The pair went on to write songs for such artists as James Brown, Gloria Gaynor, and Stevie Wonder. In 1979 McFadden and Whitehead recorded...[Read More] (Bio by: Brown Girl 33) Cause of death: Cancer Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Sopwith, Thomas b. January 18, 1888 d. January 27, 1989 Inventor, Aviation Pioneer. He was born in Kennsington, London. He started the Sopwith Aviation Company which produced newly designed military aircraft used in World War I. The most famous was the Sopwith Camel which shot down over 2700 planes, including Germany's Red Baron. He continued to develop military aircraft that was used in World War II. He designed the first all metal aircraft and the world's first vertical lift off plane. He founded the world's first test pilot school. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: Bigwoo) Little Somborne, All Saints Churchyard, Little Somborne, Test Valley Borough, Hampshire, England Plot: Little Somborne is located between Stockbridge and Winchester