Famous Deaths on March 31

  • 1074 Regency Yorimichi Fujiwara of Japan (b. 992)
  • 1340 Ivan I of Moscow, Prince of Moscow and Grand Prince of Vladimir (b. 1288)
  • 1389 Everhard Tserclaes, sheriff of Brussels, murdered

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1547 King Francis I of France (1515-47), dies complaining about the weight of the crown at 52

  • 1567 Philip, the Generous, count of Hessen, dies at 62
  • 1578 Juan de Escobedo, sec of Spanish land guardian Don Juan, murdered
  • 1621 Philip III, King of Spain (1598-1621), dies at 42
  • 1631 John Donne, Metaphysical poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1656 Pierre de La Barre, composer, dies at 64
  • 1671 Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (b. 1637)
  • 1703 Johann Christoph Bach, German composer (b. 1642)
  • 1722 Campegius Vitringa, Dutch theologist/exegete, dies at 62
  • 1723 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British-born American statesman (b. 1661)

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1727 Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1741 Pieter Burmann/Burman the Elder, Dutch classical scholar dies at 72
  • 1837 John Constable, English painter/water colors painter, dies at 60

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1850 John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68

Politician John C. Calhoun
Politician
John C. Calhoun

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1855 Charlotte Brontë, English novelist (Jane Eyre), dies at 38

  • 1877 Antoine A Cournot, French mathematician (rule of C), dies at 75
  • 1880 Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violist/composer, dies at 44
  • 1881 Gaetano Gaspari, composer, dies at 73
  • 1884 Jan T Beelen, Neth/Belgian catholic bible expert, dies at 77
  • 1885 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • 1885 Philipp Fahrbach, composer, dies at 69
  • 1886 Giovanni Rossi, composer, dies at 57
  • 1892 Adolf Rzepko, composer, dies at 66
  • 1898 Edward Noyes Westcott, US attorney/writer (David Harum), dies
  • 1900 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies
  • 1901 John Stainer, composer, dies at 60
  • 1913 John Pierpont Morgan, US banker/CEO (US Steel Corp), dies at 75
  • 1914 Ch Morgenstern, writer, dies at 42
  • 1915 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish athlete (b. 1882)
  • 1927 Borisav "Bora" Stanković, Serbian writer (b. 1875)
  • 1928 Gustave Ador, president of Austria (1919), dies at 82
  • 1928 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits), dies at 69
  • 1931 Knute Rockne, football player/coach, dies in a plane crash at 43
  • 1934 Franz Ehrle, German jesuit/head of Vatican library, dies at 88
  • 1938 Willem J T Kloos, Dutch poet/critic (New Guide), dies at 78
  • 1944 Mineichi Koga, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies

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1945 Hans Fischer, German physicist (Nobel 1930), dies at 63

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Hans Fischer
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Hans Fischer
  • 1945 Maurice Rose, 1st US general in Nazi Germany, killed in action at 45
  • 1948 Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62
  • 1951 Ralph Forbes, actor (Riptide, Shock, Shock), dies at 45
  • 1952 Wallace H. White, Jr., American politician (b. 1877)
  • 1956 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • 1957 Gene Lockhart, NYC actor (Going My Way), dies at 65
  • 1959 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), dies at 68
  • 1960 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1961 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet/writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85
  • 1967 Don Alvarado, actor (Morning Glory, Big Steal), dies at 62
  • 1967 Hieronim Feicht, composer, dies at 72
  • 1968 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1970 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WW II), dies at 75
  • 1971 Liselotte Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Child Crying), dies at 31
  • 1972 Meena Kumari, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • 1973 Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer, dies at 68
  • 1974 Andrea Checci, actress (2 Women, Assassin, Black Sunday), dies at 57
  • 1976 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)
  • 1978 Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • 1978 Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin), dies at 79

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1980 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1980 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)
  • 1981 Enid Bagnold, British playwright (b. 1889)
  • 1982 Fritz Eberhard, West German lawyer/resistor, dies at 85
  • 1983 Stephen Murray, actor (Guilty, Silent Dust, Master Spy), dies at 70
  • 1983 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1984 Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer (b. 1944)
  • 1985 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (b. 1933)
  • 1986 Harry Ritz, comedian/actor (Ritz Brothers), dies at 79
  • 1986 Jerry Paris, director/actor (Jerry-Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 60
  • 1986 O'Kelly Isley, US, singer (Isley Brothers), dies of heart attack at 48
  • 1988 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
  • 1988 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
  • 1990 Lillian "Miss" Miller, audience member (Merv Griffin, Tonight), dies
  • 1991 John Carter, US jazz clarinetist (Roots & folklore), dies
  • 1993 Brandon Lee, American actor (The Crow) and son of Bruce Lee, accidentally shot while filming at 28
  • 1993 Jose Maria Lemus, president of El Salvador (1956-60), dies
  • 1993 Mitchell Parish, American lyricist (b. 1900)
  • 1993 Chichay, Filipino actress (b. 1918)
  • 1994 Leon J Ramirez Reine, [Degrelle], Belg/Spanish nazi (Rex), dies at 87
  • 1995 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), dies at 78
  • 1995 Selena [Quintanilla-Pérez], Mexican-American singer-songwriter known as the Queen of Tejano music (Grammy-1994), killed by a fan at 23
  • 1996 Dante Giacosa, engineer/designer, dies at 91
  • 1996 Dario Bellezza, Italian poet, dies of AIDS at 51
  • 1996 Jeffrey Lee Pierce, musician, dies at 37
  • 1996 Julius Young, fast food entrepreneur, dies at 73
  • 1997 Edwin Alberian, TV celebrity (Clarabell), dies at 76
  • 1997 Laxmishankar Pathak, food retailer, dies at 62
  • 1998 Bella Abzug, American politician (b. 1920)
  • 1998 Tim Flock, American race car driver (b. 1924)
  • 1999 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)
  • 2001 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • 2003 H.S.M. Coxeter, English-born geometer (b. 1907)
  • 2003 Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • 2003 Anne Gwynne, American film actress (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Stanley J. Korsmeyer, American oncologist (b. 1951)
  • 2005 Frank Perdue, American poultry farmer (b. 1920)
  • 2005 Terri Schiavo, American figure in right to die case (b. 1963)
  • 2005 Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician (b. 1905)
  • 2006 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • 2007 Paul Watzlawick, Communications & Constructivism Theorist (b. 1921)
  • 2008 Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)
  • 2008 Bill Keightley, "Mr. Wildcat." University of Kentucky basketball equipment manger 1962-2008 (b .1926)
  • 2009 Jarl Alfredius, Swedish news anchor (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina (1983-89), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2010 Shirley Mills, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2016 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • 2016 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85
  • 2016 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86
  • 2016 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, dies at 89
  • 2016 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 96