Famous Deaths on 31st October

  • 1147 Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, English politician (bc. 1090)
  • 1448 Johannes VIII Palaeologus, Emperor of Byzantine, dies
  • 1517 Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist (b. 1472)
  • 1556 John Sleidanus, German humanist/historian (Commentary), dies at 50
  • 1634 Erasmus Widmann, composer, dies at 62
  • 1641 Cornelis Jol, Dutch admiral and privateer, dies at about 41
  • 1654 Francisco Correa de Arauxo, composer, dies
  • 1659 John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)
  • 1661 Mehmed Koprulu, Albanian great vizier of Turkey, dies
  • 1664 Willem Frederik of Nassau-Dietz, viceroy of Friesland, dies at 51
  • 1723 Cosimo III de' Medici, monarch of Florence (1670-1723), dies at 81
  • 1732 Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (b. 1666)
  • 1733 Eberhard IV Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1676)
  • 1744 Leonardo Ortensio Salvatore de Leo, composer, dies at 50
  • 1765 Duke of Cumberland, English politician/uncle of George III, dies
  • 1768 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78
  • 1793 Pierre V Vergniaud, French politician/police leader, guillotined at 40
  • 1806 Sophie Mereau, writer, dies at 36
  • 1815 Daniel Belknap, composer, dies at 44
  • 1851 Peter II Petrovic Njegos, bishop of Montenegro (1830-51), dies at 37
  • 1860 Johan Nathan, murderer, hanged
  • 1860 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral (b. 1775)
  • 1863 Louis Ludwig Blenker, German/US brig-general (Union), dies at 51
  • 1865 William Parson, 3rd Earl of Rosse & maker of large telescopes, dies
  • 1870 Mihaly Mosonyi, composer, dies at 55
  • 1879 Big Snake, brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear, dies
  • 1879 Jacob Abbott, American author (b. 1803)
  • 1879 Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)
  • 1881 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, dies during his disastrous expedition to the North Pole at 37
  • 1883 Swami Dayananda Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj
  • 1884 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian painter (b. 1858)
  • 1887 George Alexander Macfarren, composer, dies at 74
  • 1895 Franz Hedrich, Austria writer, dies at about 62
  • 1902 Jean-Baptist Colyns, composer, dies at 67
  • 1913 William Evans-Gordon, British politician (b. 1857)
  • 1916 Charles Taze Russell, American founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1852)
  • 1917 Tibby Cotter, cricketer (at Beersheba 49 wickets for Australia), dies
  • 1918 Egon Schiele, Austria painter/graphic artist, dies at 28
  • 1918 Stephen Tisza, Hungarian PM (-1917), assassinated by soldiers
  • 1920 Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins (b. 1854)
  • 1925 Max Linder, actor (Man in the Silk Hat), dies at 41

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1926 Harry Houdini, [Erich Weisz], magician, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • 1929 António José de Almeida, Portuguese politician and 6th President of Portugal (b. 1866)
  • 1939 Otto Rank, [Rosenfeld], Austria psychoanalyst (Trauma of Geburt), dies
  • 1941 Herwarth Walden, writer, dies at 63
  • 1943 Max Reinhardt, Austrian stage manager (Turandot), dies
  • 1943 Max Reinhardt, German film director (b. 1873)
  • 1945 Henry Ainley, actor (As You Like It), dies at 66
  • 1948 Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Han], writer, dies
  • 1949 Edward R Stettinius, US foreign minister (1944-45)/diplomat, dies
  • 1950 Carel T Scharten, Dutch poet/writer (Lost Paradise), dies at 72
  • 1950 Jozef C Bittremieux, Flemish theologist, dies at 72
  • 1952 U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician (b. 1879)
  • 1959 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • 1960 H L Davis, US writer (Honey in the Horn, Pulitzer prize), dies at 64
  • 1963 Henry Daniell, actor (Camille, Body Snatchers), dies at 69
  • 1964 Theodore C Freeman, astronaut, dies at 34 in a T-38 jet air crash
  • 1965 Rita Johnson, actress (All Mine to Give), dies at 53
  • 1967 Jan Mens, Dutch writer (Honor to God Alone), dies at 70
  • 1968 Ramon Novarro, [Jose RG Samaniegos], actor (Ben Hur), dies at 69
  • 1969 Hugo Pfister, composer, dies at 55
  • 1971 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70
  • 1972 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1975 Joseph Calleia, actor (Jungle Book, Gilda), dies at 78
  • 1975 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1976 Linda Watkins, actress (From Hell it Came, Harpy), dies at 68
  • 1977 Joan Tetzel, actress (Hell Below Zero), dies at 56

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1983 George Halas [Papa Bear], NFL pioneer and owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • 1984 Eduardo De Filippo, director (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84

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1984 Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), assassinated by two of her bodyguards at 66

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 1985 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (b. 1913)
  • 1985 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • 1985 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)
  • 1986 Robert S Mulliken, US physicist (Nobel 1966), dies at 90
  • 1987 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image), dies at 83
  • 1988 John Houseman, actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • 1988 Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Conrad Beck, composer, dies at 88
  • 1990 Graig Russel, Canadian travel expert/transvestite, dies
  • 1990 Hugh McPhillips, dies at 70
  • 1991 Bert Bertram, actor (How to Steal a Million), dies of cancer at 97
  • 1991 James Marshall, US children's book writer/illustrator, dies at 50
  • 1991 Johan Schmitz, actor (Gysbregt van Aemstel/Soldat van Orange), dies
  • 1991 Joseph Papp, Broadway producer (Chorus Line), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1991 Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 1993 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/art dealer, commits suicide at 52
  • 1993 Edwin A Walker, US Maj-Gen, dies of lung cancer at 84

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1993 Federico Fellini, director (La Dolce Vita), dies of stroke at 73

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

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1993 River Phoenix, actor (Stand By Me), dies of drug overdose at 23

  • 1994 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, English art historian, dies at 80
  • 1994 Jole Silvani, [Niobe Quaiatti], Ital actress (La citta' Delle), dies
  • 1994 Lester Sill, pioneer music publisher/record producer, dies at 76
  • 1994 William John Readings, literary theorist, dies at 34
  • 1995 Alan Dudley Bush, composer pianist/teacher, dies at 94
  • 1995 Derek Anthony Enright, politician, dies at 60
  • 1995 Henry A Walter Richard Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland, dies at 42
  • 1995 Lavad "Dr Hepcat" Durst, vocal/piano, dies at 82
  • 1995 Leonard Ernest John Chant, social Worker, dies at 57
  • 1995 Lloyd Lambert, bassist, dies at 67
  • 1995 Louis Levy Jr, music publisher, dies at 84
  • 1995 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Emma-Go Tell It on the Mountain), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1995 Wallace Edward Rowling, PM of NZ (1974-1975), dies at 68
  • 1996 Andrew Hutchings, teachers' leader, dies at 88
  • 1996 Granville James Leveson Gower, land owner, dies at 77
  • 1996 John Gorman, printer/socialist historian, dies at 66
  • 1996 Peter Muir Doig, politician, dies at 85
  • 1997 Wilfrid Ewart Oulton, airman, dies at 86
  • 1998 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • 1999 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2000 Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
  • 2000 Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2001 Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)
  • 2001 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • 2002 Lionel Poilâne, French baker and entrepreneur (b. 1945)
  • 2002 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician, former president of Greece (b. 1903)
  • 2002 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian singer (b. 1908)
  • 2003 Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Mary Wimbush, English actress (b. 1924)
  • 2005 John "Beatz" Holohan, American drummer (Bayside) (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Hal Anger, American biophysicist (b. 1920)
  • 2006 Pieter Willem Botha, President of South Africa (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)
  • 2009 Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientist (b. 1911)
  • 2009 Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Theodore Sorensen, American lawyer and special counsel to John F. Kennedy (b. 1928)
  • 2011 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2012 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler, dies at 82
  • 2015 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), dies at 90