On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1631

  • Jan 1 Thomas Hobson, the "Cambridge Carrier", eponym of Hobson's Choice, dies at 86
  • Mar 31 John Donne, Metaphysical poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • May 6 Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician and antiquarian (his library formed basis of British Museum manuscript collection), dies at 60
  • May 26 Enrico Caterino Davila, Italian writer (Storia delguerre civili Francia), dies at 54
  • Jun 17 Mumtaz Mahal, Empress consort of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal as her mausoleum and symbol of his undying love, dies during childbirth of her 14th child at 38

John Smith

Jun 21 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), dies at 51

  • Jun 26 Justinus van Nassau, ltalian admiral (Armada), dies
  • Jul 19 Cesare Cremonini, Italian philosopher (b. 1550)
  • Jul 28 Guillén de Castro y Bellvis, Spanish dramatist (b. 1569)
  • Aug 8 Konstantinas Sirvydas, Lithuanian lexicographer (b. 1579)
  • Oct 5 Arabella Holles, wife of English politician Thomas Wentworth, dies
  • Oct 14 Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow, Queen of Denmark and Norway, dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Michael Maestlin, German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1550)
  • Nov 30 Rabbi Samuel Eliezer ben Judah ha-levi Edels, dies
  • Dec 23 Michael Drayton, English poet (b. 1563)
  • Dec 27 John Pijnas, Dutch painter, buried at about 47