Famous Deaths on 31st August

  • 651 Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and missionary
  • 1056 Theodora, Byzantine Empress (b. 981)
  • 1057 Leofric, count of Mercia/husband of Lady Godiva, dies
  • 1158 Sancho III, King of Castile, dies
  • 1218 Al-Malik ab-Adil/Saphadin/Saif al-Din), brother of Saladin, dies
  • 1234 Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (b. 1212)
  • 1372 Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (b. 1301)
  • 1422 Henry V, King of England (1413-22)/France (1416-19), dies
  • 1590 Floris Thin, politician/land advocate of Utrecht, dies
  • 1604 Giovanale Ancina, composer, dies at 58
  • 1616 Gemignano Capilupi, composer, dies at 43
  • 1631 Nicolaus Erich, composer, dies at 43
  • 1638 John Ward, composer, dies at 67
  • 1645 Francesco Bracciolini, Italian poet (b. 1566)
  • 1654 Ole Worm, Danish physician (b. 1588)
  • 1667 Johann Rist, composer, dies at 60
  • 1688 John Bunyan, preacher/novelist/author (Pilgrim's Progress), dies
  • 1730 Gottfried Finger, Czech composer (b. 1660?)
  • 1741 Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist (b. 1681)
  • 1772 William Borlase, English naturalist (b. 1695)
  • 1795 Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, composer, dies at 68
  • 1796 John McKinly, American physician and President of Delaware, dies at 75
  • 1799 Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect (b. 1720)
  • 1805 Joseph Marie Clement dall' Abaco, composer, dies at 95
  • 1814 Arthur Phillip, British admiral, first Governor of New South Wales (b. 1738)
  • 1832 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, composer, dies at 53
  • 1862 George William Taylor, US Union brig-general, dies in battle
  • 1862 Ignaz Assmayer, composer, dies at 72
  • 1864 Ferdinand Lassalle, French politician (ADA), dies at 39
  • 1867 [Pierre-]Charles Baudelaire, Fren poet (Journaux Intimes), dies at 46
  • 1869 Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827)
  • 1873 Charles F Pahud de Montagnes, gov-gen (Dutch East Indies), dies at 70
  • 1875 Oskar Peschel, German geographer (Physicist Erdkunde), dies at 49
  • 1879 William Barber, 6th US chief engraver (1844-79), dies

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1888 Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols
  • 1902 Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73
  • 1910 Emils Darzins, composer, dies at 34
  • 1918 Joe English, Irish/Flemish signaler (WW I), dies at 36
  • 1920 Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist/psychologist/philosopher, dies
  • 1931 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies
  • 1934 Johan H A Schaper, Dutch MP (SDAP), dies
  • 1935 Abraham Isaac Kook, rabbi/author (Hokhmat Ha-kodesh), dies
  • 1940 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
  • 1940 Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)
  • 1941 Marian Zwetajewa, writer, dies
  • 1941 Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (b. 1892)
  • 1942 Von Bismarck, German major general, (Africa Corps), dies in battle
  • 1944 Killinger, German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide
  • 1946 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1948 Andrei A Zjdanov, Rus politician (against kosmopolitism), dies at 52
  • 1948 Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 1949 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies
  • 1949 Paul Hoffer, composer, dies at 53
  • 1952 Henri Bourassa, French Canadian political leader (b. 1868)
  • 1959 Charles Delaney, dies at 67
  • 1963 George F Broque, cubist painter, dies at 81 in Paris
  • 1963 Georges Braque, French painter (b. 1882)
  • 1964 Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42
  • 1966 Kasimir Edschmid, [Karl E Schmidt], German writer, dies at 75
  • 1967 Ilja G Ehrenburg, Russian poet/writer (9th wave), dies at 76
  • 1967 Michael Fitzmaurice, dies of lymphoma at 59
  • 1968 Dennis O'Keefe, actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60
  • 1968 George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies
  • 1969 Ottmar Gerster, composer, dies at 72

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1969 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1973 John Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78

Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1973 Raymond Keane, dies at 66
  • 1973 Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies
  • 1974 William Pershing Benedict, American pilot
  • 1974 Norman Kirk, New Zealand prime minister (b. 1923
  • 1975 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24
  • 1976 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81
  • 1978 John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)
  • 1979 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • 1979 Sally Rand, stripper, dies at 75
  • 1981 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82
  • 1981 Victor Trumper Jr, cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies
  • 1985 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1986 Henry Moore, English sculptor/cartoonist, dies at 88
  • 1986 Urho K Kekkonen, premier/president of Finland, dies at 85
  • 1990 Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies
  • 1990 Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack
  • 1991 Leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93
  • 1993 Gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter (communist), dies at 80
  • 1994 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88
  • 1994 Barbara Hammer Avedon, scriptwriter, dies at 69
  • 1994 Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68
  • 1995 Beant Singh, PM of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73
  • 1995 David Farrar, actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), dies at 87
  • 1995 David Richard Holloway, literary Editor, dies at 71
  • 1995 Hajime Miterai, industrialist, dies at 56
  • 1995 Horst Janssen, graphic Artist, dies at 65
  • 1995 John Erik Jonsson, businessman/Mayor of Dallas, dies at 93
  • 1996 David Pollock, Viscount Hanworth, British barrister, dies at 80
  • 1996 David Scott, priest, dies at 72
  • 1996 Harald James Penrose, pilot, dies at 92
  • 1996 Milton "Tippy" Larkin, band leader, dies at 85

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1997 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 2000 Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Lionel Hampton, American vibraphone player (b. 1908)
  • 2002 George Porter, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Carl Wayne, English singer (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Michael Sheard, British actor (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1908)
  • 2006 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • 2006 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977)
  • 2006 Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983)
  • 2007 Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • 2008 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933)
  • 2009 EraƱo Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925)
  • 2010 Laurent Fignon, French cyclist (1983 & 1984 Tour de France), dies of cancer at 50
  • 2011 Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)
  • 2013 David Frost, British broadcaster, dies from a heart attack at 74