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Famous Deaths on July 31

Person of interestAurelia Cotta

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
  • 1693 Willem Kalf, Dutch painter (still lifes), dies at 73
  • 1726 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
  • 1750 Johan V, King of Portugal, dies
  • 1750 John V, King of Portugal (1706-50), dies at 60
  • 1763 James Kent, Fredericksburgh NY, legal scholar (Columbia), dies

Person of interestDenis Diderot

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

Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot
Enlightenment Philosopher
Denis Diderot
  • 1790 Johann Christian Frischmuth, German composer, dies at 48
  • 1795 Basílio da Gama, Portuguese poet (O Uraguai), dies at 54
  • 1811 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican hero priest, executed by Spanish
  • 1854 Samuel Wilson, American meat packer and possible namesake of Uncle Sam, dies at 87
  • 1864 Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette), dies at 64
  • 1871 Phoebe Cary, American poet (Poems of Alice & Phoebe Cary), dies at 46

Person of interestAndrew Johnson

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

Person of interestFranz Liszt

1886 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), dies of heart disease at 74

Composer & Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer & Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • 1891 Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French-Belgian glass painter, dies at 77
  • 1895 Richard Morris Hunt, American architect and educator, dies at 67
  • 1911 Jack Edwards, cricketer (1888 Ashes tourist), dies
  • 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 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • 1917 Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • 1917 Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)
  • 1919 Dick Barlow, English cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies at 68
  • 1927 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), dies at 65
  • 1932 Francesco Paolo Neglia, Italian composer, dies at 58

Person of interestCharles E. Hires

1937 Charles E. Hires, American pharmacist, inventor and manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, dies at 85

Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer Charles E. Hires
Pharmacist and Root Beer Brewer
Charles E. Hires
  • 1940 Whitey Krakow [or Krakower], American gangster and hitman (Murder Inc), murdered by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • 1942 Francis Younghusband, British journalist and explorer (1904 British expedition to Tibet), dies at 79
  • 1943 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), dies in POW camp in Italy at 38
  • 1944 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), dies during a reconnaissance mission at 44
  • 1948 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
  • 1951 J of Oudshoorn, [John K Feylbrief], writer (Maze of Sentences), dies
  • 1952 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies
  • 1953 Robert A. Taft, American politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 63
  • 1954 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1958 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist and philosopher, dies at 67
  • 1960 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1961 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame), dies at 77
  • 1964 Jim Reeves, American country singer and actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), dies in air crash at 39
  • 1965 James Rennie, actor (Wilson, Skylark, Illicit), dies at 75
  • 1966 Alex von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), dies at 87
  • 1967 Mario Varvoglis, Greek composer, dies at 81
  • 1967 Richard Kuhn, German chemist, dies
  • 1967 Margaret Kennedy, English novelist (The Constant Nymph), dies at 71
  • 1968 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • 1970 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58
  • 1970 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • 1970 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • 1972 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • 1972 Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1977 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • 1978 Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • 1978 Enoch Light, American orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • 1979 Beatrix Lehmann, British actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase), dies at 76
  • 1980 Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1980 Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)
  • 1981 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • 1984 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), dies from lung cancer at 79
  • 1984 Paul Le Flem, composer, dies at 103
  • 1985 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), dies at 78
  • 1985 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55
  • 1986 Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73
  • 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
  • 1990 Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 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
  • 1993 Rob Jones "The Bass Thing" English musician (The Wonder Stuff), dies at 29
  • 1993 Baudouin I, King of Belgium (1951-93), dies at 62
  • 1994 Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • 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

  • 1995 Genevieve Tobin Keighley, actress (Zaza, Great Gambini), dies at 83
  • 1996 Joan Warburton, Scottish painter, dies at 76
  • 1996 Michael Jinks, child care pioneer, dies at 59
  • 1996 Seagram Miller, American rapper (b. 1970)
  • 1997 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • 1997 Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, dies at 63
  • 1998 Serge Golovine, French ballet choreographer (Death of Narcissus), dies at 73
  • 2000 Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Dutch Astronomer, dies at 81
  • 2001 Poul Anderson, American author (b. 1926)
  • 2001 Francisco da Costa Gomes, President of Portugal’s ruling military junta (1974-76), dies at 87
  • 2001 Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1910)
  • 2003 Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)
  • 2004 Virginia Grey, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2004 Laura Betti, Italian actress (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Paul Eells, American sportscaster ("Voice of the Razorbacks"), dies at 70
  • 2009 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2009 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Mitch Miller, American oboist and recording producer (Sing Along with Mitch), dies at 99
  • 2012 Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln), dies from pneumonia at 86
  • 2013 Michael Ansara, American actor (Broken Arrow, Centennial), dies at 91
  • 2015 Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 61
  • 2015 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), dies at 93
  • 2016 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88
  • 2017 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), dies at 89
  • 2018 Tony Bullimore, British yachtsman (1997 solo around-the-world yacht race, dramatic rescue), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2019 V. G. Siddhartha, Indian coffee entrepreneur (Café Coffee Day), found dead at 60