Deaths in History on May 31

  • 455 Petronius Maximus, senator/Emperor of Rome, lynched
  • 1091 Hendrik van Verdun, bishop of Luik (1075-91), dies
  • 1198 Moses ben Solomon Ha-Cohen, rabbi of Mainz, dies
  • 1246 Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John of England
  • 1349 Thomas Wake, English politician (b. 1297)
  • 1408 Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1358)
  • 1410 King Martin I of Aragon (b. 1356)
  • 1495 Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England, (b. 1415)
  • 1504 Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz, dies
  • 1551 Aristotele "Basiano" da Sangallo, Italian set designer, dies
  • 1558 Philip Hoby, English politician (b. 1505)
  • 1567 Pereguin de la Grange, French minister/martyr of Reform, dies
  • 1567 Guido de Bres, Belgian theologian (b. 1522)
  • 1594 Tintoretto, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at 75
  • 1620 Willem Louis, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies at 59
  • 1665 Pieter J Saenredam, Dutch architectural painter, dies at 67
  • 1680 Joachim Neander, German clergyman (b. 1650)
  • 1740 Frederick-William I, King of Prussia (1713-1740), dies at 51
  • 1747 Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
  • 1799 Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)
  • 1809 Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer/rebel, dies in battle at 33
  • 1809 Jean Lannes, French marshal (b. 1769)
  • 1831 Samuel Bentham, British mechanical engineer (b. 1757)
  • 1832 Évariste Galois, French mathematician (b. 1811)

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1837 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", dies at 57

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi
  • 1846 Philip Marheineke, German clergyman (b. 1780)
  • 1847 Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor (b. 1780)
  • 1848 Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805)
  • 1849 Leonard PJ du Bus de Gisignies, gov-gen of Neth-Indies, dies at 69
  • 1862 Robert Hatton, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at about 34
  • 1880 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, dies at 62
  • 1900 James Loudon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1871-75), dies at 75
  • 1900 John Power, Irish baronet/whiskey manufacturer, dies in battle
  • 1906 Hermann Schell, German theologist (Gott und Geist), dies at 56
  • 1906 King Alfonso XIII, assassinated in Madrid
  • 1906 Victoria von Battenberg, assassinated in Madrid
  • 1908 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839)

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1910 Elizabeth Blackwell, English-American physician who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, dies at 89

  • 1916 Rear Admiral Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood, dies in Battle of Jutland
  • 1928 Ludwig Enneccerus, German leader, dies at 85
  • 1928 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian, dies at 60
  • 1931 Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866)
  • 1942 Reinhard Heydrich, German protector of Bohemia & Moravia, assassinated
  • 1952 Walter Schellenberg, German lawyer/headed spy (Venlo), dies
  • 1957 Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878)
  • 1960 Willem Elsschot, [Alfons de Ridder], Flemish writer (Kas), dies at 78
  • 1960 Walther Funk, Nazi leader (b. 1890)
  • 1961 Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)
  • 1962 Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56
  • 1962 Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874)
  • 1963 Carel C van Essen, archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63
  • 1971 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • 1972 Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies
  • 1973 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89
  • 1974 Adelle Davis, US nutrionalist (Let's stay healthy), dies at 70
  • 1976 Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies
  • 1976 Martha Mitchell wife of former Att Gen John Mitchell, dies in NY at 57
  • 1986 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 1989 Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72
  • 1991 Angus Wilson, [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies
  • 1991 H N "Swanie" Swanson, literary agent, dies at 91 of a stroke
  • 1992 Lutz Stavenhagen, top aid to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, dies at 52
  • 1993 Spuds Mackenzie, American advertisement dog
  • 1996 Neela Sanjiva Reddy, president of India (1977-82), dies
  • 1996 Paul Peter Piech, artist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist/photographer, dies at 68
  • 1996 Timothy Francis Leary, Harvard prof/LSD guru, dues of cancer at 75
  • 1997 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • 1997 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
  • 2002 Eric Boyland, English biochemist (cancer research), dies at 97
  • 2006 Ryan Bennett, broadcast commentator (b. 1970)
  • 2006 Miguel Berrocal, sculptor (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 2009 Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)
  • 2009 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • 2009 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculpter (b. 1911)
  • 2010 William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Rubén Juárez, Argentine bandoneonist (b. 1947)

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2010 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", dies at 59

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • 2013 Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser, dies from tornado injuries at 55
  • 2014 Martha Hyer, American actress, dies at 89