1825-1862 William Duncan Smith was a US Confederate brig-general who served in the Mexican-American war. He died from Yellow Fever during the second year of the war.
1802-1864- Joseph Montferrand French Canadian logger and strong man
1829-1860- Catherine Booth was the Mother of The Salvation Army. Was the wife to William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army. She was known as the ‘army mother’.
1834-1904- Frederic Auguste Bertholdi was a French sculptor who designed the Statue Of Liberty.
1849-1935- Jean Béraud was a French painter who became famous for painting Parisian daily life.
1894-1951 – Willie Moretti was an American gangster. He was an underboss for the Genovese crime family. He was killed by four hitmen because he had syphilis.
1882- 1962 – John Lowry Mount Vernon NY-was a famous NYC builder.
1943-1970 – Janis Joplin rock singer (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27-was ranked at 46 as top one-hundred solo artists of all time by Rolling Stone. The name of her solo group was Kozmic Blues Band.
1903-1975- Joan Whitney Payson owner of New York Mets, dies at 72. Was the first woman to own a Major League team without inheriting the team. She also loved Thoroughbred horse racing.
1905-1981- Freddie Lindstrom Major League Baseball Hall of famer-Was best known for hitting .300 in seven of his thirteen seasons in the 20’s and 30’s. He played for the New York Giants, Pirates, Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers in his thirteen year career.
1941-1989- Graham Chapman comedian (Monty Python), dies of cancer at 48-He was one of six members of the Monty Python comedy troupe.
1945-1994 – Daniel Wood Gatton was a great guitarist. He was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stones one-hundred greatest guitarists. He killed himself in 1994. It was believed he had been depressed for a long time.
1917-2002- Alphonse Chapanis was the founder of ergonomics or human factors. He improved aviation safety around the time of World War II.
1927-2004- Gordon Cooper American astronaut-He was the first American to sleep in orbit. He also claimed to have seen UFO’s. He was involved with the Mercury program.
1959-2004 – Rio Diaz Filipino actress & TV hosts-she was a former beauty queen. She died from colon cancer, suffering for six years from the disease.
1918-2009 – Günther Rall was a German fighter ace. He was the third most successful fighter ace in history. He achieved 275 victories in World War II. He was shot down eight times himself.
This series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing.