Famous Deaths 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)

Person of interestGuy Fawkes

1606 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Parliament, hanged at 35

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes
  • 1615 Claudio Aquaviva, Italian Jesuit priest (5th Superior General of the Society of Jesus), dies at 71
  • 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)
  • 1729 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator (Easter Island), dies at 69
  • 1736 Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect, dies at 57
  • 1783 Caffarelli [Gaetano Majorano], Italian castrato soprano, dies at 72

  • 1788 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1788 [Bonnie Prince] Charles Edward Stuart, English pretender to throne (Jacobite rebellion), dies at 67
  • 1790 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, dies at 71
  • 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 and engineer, dies at 70
  • 1856 Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama of Tibet, dies at 17
  • 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, dies at 72
  • 1891 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 75
  • 1892 Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist (b. 1834)
  • 1907 Timothy Eaton, Irish-born Canadian department store founder (Eatons), dies at 72
  • 1918 Daniël de Lange, Dutch composer, dies at 76
  • 1919 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79
  • 1922 Heinrich Reinhardt, composer, dies at 56
  • 1925 George W. Cable, American writer (Northampton Years), dies at 80
  • 1933 John Galsworthy, English author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932), dies at 65
  • 1939 George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies
  • 1940 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • 1942 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1942 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (Spoiling the Game, S.A.-Mann Brand), dies when his plane is shot down during WWII at 24
  • 1944 Jean Giraudoux, French writer (b. 1882)
  • 1945 Eddie Slovik, 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25

  • 1949 Henri de Vries [Hendricus Van Walterop], Dutch actor (Cleopatra, White Cargo), dies at 84
  • 1954 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • 1954 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
  • 1955 John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89

Person of interestA. A. Milne

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

Author A. A. Milne
Author
A. A. Milne
  • 1960 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), dies at 53
  • 1966 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90
  • 1967 Otto Dibelius, German theologian/bishop, dies at 86
  • 1967 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the "Midnight Express" (1932 Olympics), dies at 58
  • 1969 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • 1969 Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)
  • 1970 Slim Harpo [James Moore], American blues musician (I'm a King Bee, Baby Scratch My Back), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1971 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, dies at 79
  • 1972 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • 1972 Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • 1972 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
  • 1973 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • 1974 Glenn Morris, olympian/actor (Tarzan's Revenge), dies at 61
  • 1974 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
  • 1974 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
  • 1974 Roger Pryor, American actor (Lady by Choice, Belle of the Nineties, Identity Unknown), dies at 72

Person of interestSamuel Goldwyn

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

Hollywood Mogul Samuel Goldwyn
Hollywood Mogul
Samuel Goldwyn
  • 1974 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), dies of congestive heart failure at 61
  • 1976 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, stabbed to death at 34
  • 1979 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1980 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies
  • 1985 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56
  • 1987 Yves Allégret, French film director, dies at 79
  • 1989 Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • 1989 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • 1990 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)

Person of interestMel Hein

1992 Mel Hein, NFL center (NY Giants), dies of stomach cancer at 82

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1992 Wim van Heumen, field hockey coach (Netherlands), dies at 63
  • 1994 Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
  • 1995 George Abbott, American producer (Damn Yankees), dies at 107
  • 1995 James Johnson, English MP (Labour, 1950..83), dies at 86
  • 1995 George Stibitz, American mathematician and scientist, dies at 90
  • 1996 Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1997 Eve Lister, British film and television actress (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • 1997 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • 1999 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 1999 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 2000 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • 2000 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • 2001 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
  • 2002 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), dies at 73
  • 2003 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • 2004 Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)
  • 2006 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • 2007 Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • 2007 Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), dies at 82
  • 2007 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, dies at 77
  • 2008 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
  • 2009 Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • 2012 Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • 2012 Dorothea Tanning, American artist (Nachtmusik, 1943, Night Shadow, 1945), 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, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 85
  • 2014 Christopher Jones, American actor, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2015 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury, Dark City), dies of heart failure at 92
  • 2015 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • 2015 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94
  • 2016 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2017 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2017 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • 2018 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), dies at 90