Deaths in History on July 31

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54 BC Aurelia Cotta, mother of Julius Caesar, dies at 66

Mother of Julius Caesar Aurelia Cotta
Mother of Julius Caesar
Aurelia Cotta
  • 855 Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Muslim Jurisprudent (b. 780)
  • 1358 Etienne Marcel, French textile merchant/reformer/Boer leader, dies
  • 1396 William Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1342)
  • 1508 Na'od, Emperor of Ethiopia (b. 1494)
  • 1556 Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish knight from a Basque noble family, hermit, priest, theologian and founder of the Society of Jesus, dies in Rome at about 65
  • 1566 Bartholome de Casas, Spanish historian/bishop of Chiapa, dies at 92
  • 1638 Sybilla Schwarz, German baroque poet, dies at 17
  • 1648 Benedictus J van Haeften, poet (Regia thru Crucis), dies at about 60
  • 1653 Thomas Dudley, British colonial governor of Massachusetts, dies at 76
  • 1693 Willem Calf, Rotterdams still life painter, dies at 73
  • 1726 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
  • 1750 Johan V, King of Portugal, dies
  • 1763 James Kent, Fredericksburgh NY, legal scholar (Columbia), dies

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1784 Denis Diderot, French writer/philosopher, dies at 70

Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot
Enlightenment Philosopher
Denis Diderot
  • 1795 Jose B da Gama, Portuguese poet (East Uraguay), dies at 54
  • 1811 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican hero priest, executed by Spanish
  • 1864 Louis Hachette, French publisher, dies at 64

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1875 Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), dies of a stroke at 66

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1891 Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French/Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • 1913 John Milne, British geologist (developed the first modern seismograph), dies of Bright's disease at 62
  • 1914 A J Jean Jaurès, French socialist (L'Humanité/Les Preuves), murdered=
  • 1917 Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • 1917 Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)
  • 1937 Charles Hires, American Inventor and Manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, dies at 85
  • 1940 Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murdered by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • 1942 Francis E Younghusband, British journalist/explorer, dies at 79
  • 1951 J of Oudshoorn, [John K Feylbrief], writer (Maze of Sentences), dies
  • 1953 Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) "Mr Republican", dies in NY at 63
  • 1966 Alex E von Falkenhausen, German general, dies at 87
  • 1967 Richard Kuhn, German chemist, dies
  • 1972 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • 1977 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • 1981 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • 1985 Eugene Carson Blake, sec-gen World Council of Churches, dies at 78
  • 1986 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)
  • 1988 Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38
  • 1990 Fernando Sancho, dies after operation for malignant tumor at 72
  • 1992 G Harold Carswell, supreme court justice candidate 1970, dies at 72
  • 1992 Joseph L George, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1992 Ralph Strait, dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1992 Sjoerd de Free, reporter (Radio Herrijzend Netherland), dies
  • 1993 Baudouin, king of Belgium (1951-93), dies at 62 from heart problems
  • 1993 Elmar Klos, director (Obzalovany, Obchod na Korze), dies at 83
  • 1993 Paul Henry, US Republicans Congressional leader, dies at 51
  • 1993 George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, dies at 92
  • 1994 Caitlin Thomas, dies
  • 1994 G de Ru, chairman of Dutch Reformed Synode, dies
  • 1994 Pieter C Buitendijk, co-founder (Free Netherlands), dies at 92
  • 1996 Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter, dies at 76
  • 1996 Michael Jinks, child care pioneer, dies at 59
  • 1997 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • 1997 Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian, dies at 63
  • 2000 Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Dutch Astronomer, dies at 81
  • 2001 Poul Anderson, American author (b. 1926)
  • 2001 Francisco da Costa Gomes, 16th President of Portugal (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1910)
  • 2003 Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)
  • 2005 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)
  • 2012 Gore Vidal, American author, dies from pneumonia at 86
  • 2016 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88