Deaths in History in 1931

  • Jan 1 Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (b. 1851)
  • Jan 3 Joseph J C Joffre, French marshal, dies at 78
  • Jan 9 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (La fille perdue), dies
  • Jan 11 James Milton Carroll, American Baptist pastor, leader, historian, and author (b. 1852)
  • Jan 14 William Ernst Johnson, British mathematician, dies
  • Jan 23 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), dies from pneumonia at 49
  • Feb 2 Theodor Batthynyi, Hungarian contra-revolutionary, dies at 71
  • Feb 3 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist, dies at 72
  • Feb 11 Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine, dies
  • Feb 12 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (b. 1855)
  • Feb 18 Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian and politician, dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted and imprisoned for ritualist activities (b. 1839)
  • Mar 7 Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter/illustrator, dies at 65
  • Mar 7 Theo van Doesburg, [Christian Kupper], painter/architect, dies at 47
  • Mar 9 Ida B Wells-Barnett, African American civil rights activist, dies in Chicago at 78
  • Mar 20 Hermann Müller, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)

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Mar 23 Bhagat Singh, Indian freedom fighter, hanged at 23

Indian Independence Fighter Bhagat Singh
Indian Independence Fighter
Bhagat Singh
  • Mar 27 Arnold Bennett, English novelist, dies at 63

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Apr 4 Andre Michelin, French industrialist, tire manufacturer and publisher of the Michelin Guide, dies at 78

Industrialist André Michelin
Industrialist
André Michelin
  • Apr 8 Eric Axel Karlfeldt, poet, dies
  • Apr 10 Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and painter (b. 1883)
  • Apr 16 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • May 9 A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson, US physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78
  • May 14 David Belasco, American theatrical producer (b. 1853)
  • May 14 Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (b. 1887)
  • May 17 Johan [Eliza J] de Master, art critic/writer, dies
  • May 17 Timothy Cole, wood engraver, dies
  • May 31 Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866)
  • Jun 4 Ibn Ali Hussein, King of Hejaz, dies
  • Jun 13 Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician (b. 1851)
  • Jun 22 Armand Fallières, French president (1906-13), dies at 89
  • Jun 29 Nérée Beauchemin, Quebec poet (b. 1850)
  • Jul 2 Stephen Babcock, American Agricultural Chemist (Babcock test and father of scientific dairying), dies at 87
  • Jul 4 Emanuele F duke of Aosta, Italian WW I-general/fascist, dies at 62
  • Jul 4 Hussein ibn-Ali, sjarif Mecca/king/kalief of Hedzjaz (1917-24), dies
  • Jul 15 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian economist (b. 1868)
  • Jul 16 Alice Pike Barney, American painter, dies at 74
  • Jul 18 Oskar Minkowski, German Biologist (pancreas and diabetes), dies at 73
  • Jul 24 Marie WF Treub, Dutch economist/minister of finance, dies at 75
  • Jul 27 Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (b. 1848)

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Aug 4 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, dies at 73

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • Aug 19 Aristides Agramonte y Simoni, Cuban-American Physician, Pathologist and Bacteriologist (yellow fever), dies at 63
  • Aug 27 Willem H Nolens, priest/2nd Chamber member, dies
  • Aug 27 Frank Harris, Irish author and editor (b. 1856)
  • Aug 27 Francis Marion Smith, American borax magnate (b. 1846)
  • Aug 29 David Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch founder
  • Aug 31 Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies
  • Sep 9 Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist dies at 86
  • Sep 10 Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1869)
  • Sep 11 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Hazrat Babajan, a Baloch Muslim saint (b. c. 1806)
  • Oct 8 Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  • Oct 10 Karl von Bach, German engineer (Maschinenelemente), dies at 84
  • Oct 13 Ernst Didring, Swedish author (b. 1868)
  • Oct 17 Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)

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Oct 18 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), dies at 84

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Oct 21 A Schnitzler, writer, dies at 69
  • Nov 2 Arthur James Cook, British trade union leader (coal miners), dies of cancer at 47
  • Nov 3 Rudolf W Canne, Fries playwright (Peaske), dies at 60
  • Nov 11 Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (b. 1840)
  • Nov 15 Cornelis A J van Dishoeck, publisher, dies
  • Nov 17 John P Lotsy, botanist/geneticist (Resumptio Genetics), dies at 64
  • Nov 19 Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (b. 1897)
  • Dec 5 Vachel Lindsay, American poet (b. 1879)
  • Dec 10 Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Six Chansons), dies at 69
  • Dec 13 Gustave le Bon, French psychologist (b. 1840)
  • Dec 16 Gustave J Waffelaert, Flemish theologist/bishop of Bruges, dies at 82
  • Dec 18 John T "Legs" Diamond, US gangster, murdered at 35
  • Dec 23 Wilson Bentley, American scientist (b. 1865)
  • Dec 26 Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)