Deaths in History on January 31

  • 743 Muhammad al-Baqir, Shia Imam (b. 676)
  • 1398 Emperor Sukō (b. 1334)
  • 1435 Xuande, Emperor of China (b. 1398)
  • 1561 Menno Simonsz, Dutch priest/vicar (Foundation Book), dies
  • 1561 Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar
  • 1580 Henry, King of Portugal, Cardinal, Epilepticus and Regent. Reigned 1578-80 (b. 1512)

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1606 Guy Fawkes, convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot", executed at 35

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes
  • 1615 Claudio Aquaviva, Italian Jesuit (b. 1543)
  • 1632 Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (b. 1552)
  • 1665 Johannes Clauberg, German theologian and philosopher (b. 1622)
  • 1686 Jean Mairet, French dramatist (b. 1604)
  • 1720 Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councillor (c. 1654)
  • 1729 Jakob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer (b. 1659)
  • 1736 Filippo Juvara, Italian architect (b. 1678)
  • 1788 [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne (Jacobite rebellion), dies at 67
  • 1790 Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (b. 1718)
  • 1794 Marriott Arbuthnot, British admiral (b. 1711)
  • 1815 José Félix Ribas, Venezuelan independentist leader (b. 1775)
  • 1828 Alexandros Ypsilanti, Greek resistance fighter, dies at 35
  • 1844 Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand, French general (b. 1773)
  • 1861 Franciscus J van Vree, Dutch Catholic foreman, dies at 53
  • 1864 Hamilton Rowan Gamble, US judge/governor of Missouri (1861-64), dies
  • 1888 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society (b. 1815)
  • 1891 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1892 Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist (b. 1834)
  • 1907 Timothy Eaton, Canadian department store founder (b. 1834)
  • 1919 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79
  • 1933 John Galsworthy, England, writer (Forsythe, Nobel 1932), dies at 65
  • 1940 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • 1944 Jean Giraudoux, French writer (b. 1882)
  • 1945 Eddie Slovik, 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
  • 1954 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • 1955 John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956 A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, dies at 74

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne
  • 1967 Otto Dibelius, German theologian/bishop, dies at 86
  • 1969 Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)
  • 1972 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • 1973 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • 1974 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72

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1974 Samuel Goldwyn, Polish/English/US film magnate (MGM), dies of natural causes at 91

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 1976 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (b. 1941)
  • 1990 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)
  • 1994 Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
  • 1995 James Johnson, English MP (Labour, 1950..83), dies at 86
  • 1996 Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1997 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • 2000 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • 2001 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • 2007 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Adelaide Tambo, South African activist and wife of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
  • 2012 Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • 2012 Dorothea Tanning, American artist, dies at 101
  • 2012 Tristram Coffin, American folklorist, dies from pneumonia at 89
  • 2012 mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57
  • 2013 Timir Pinegin, Societ sailor, dies at 85
  • 2015 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94