Deaths in History on January 31

  • 743 Muhammad al-Baqir, Shia Imam (b. 676)
  • 1398 Emperor Sukō, Japanese Emperor of the Northern Court (1348-51), dies at 63
  • 1435 Xuande, Emperor of China (b. 1398)
  • 1561 Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar
  • 1561 Menno Simons, Dutch priest and vicar whose followers are named the Mennonites, dies at around 65
  • 1580 Henry, King of Portugal, Cardinal, Epilepticus and Regent. Reigned 1578-80 (b. 1512)

Guy FawkesGuy Fawkes (1570-1606)

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

  • 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 famous for tragedies (Sophonisbe) and comedies, dies at 81
  • 1720 Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councillor (c. 1654)
  • 1729 Jacob Roggeveen, Dutch navigator and explorer (1st European to discover Easter Island), dies at 69
  • 1736 Filippo Juvarra, Italian architect, dies at 57
  • 1790 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, dies at 71
  • 1794 Marriott Arbuthnot, British admiral and naval commander during the American War for Independence, dies at 82 or 83
  • 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, American 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, dies at 57
  • 1907 Timothy Eaton, Irish-born Canadian department store founder (Eatons), dies at 72
  • 1919 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79
  • 1925 George W. Cable, American writer (Northampton Years), dies at 80
  • 1933 John Galsworthy, English author (Forsyte Saga-Nobel 1932), dies at 65
  • 1940 René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • 1944 Jean Giraudoux, French writer and playwright (The Madwoman of Chaillot), dies at 61
  • 1945 Eddie Slovik, 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
  • 1954 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • 1955 John Mott, American theologist and founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89

A. A. MilneA. A. Milne (1882-1956)

English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, dies at 74

  • 1967 Otto Dibelius, German theologian/bishop, dies at 86
  • 1969 Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)
  • 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 Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag), dies at 76
  • 1973 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • 1974 Paul Haesaerts, Flemish architect/painter (Flandre), dies at 72
  • 1976 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, stabbed to death at 34
  • 1990 Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)
  • 1994 Pierre Boulle, French writer (Executioner), dies at 81
  • 1995 George Stibitz, American mathematician and scientist, dies at 90
  • 1995 James Johnson, English MP (Labour, 1950..83), dies at 86
  • 1996 Gustave Solomon, mathematician, dies at 65
  • 1997 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • 2000 Anne Cox Chambers, American media owner (Cox Enterprises) and US ambassador to Belgium (1977-81), dies at 100
  • 2000 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • 2001 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), dies at 77
  • 2002 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • 2003 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • 2007 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, dies at 77
  • 2007 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • 2008 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
  • 2012 Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • 2012 Dorothea Tanning, American artist (Nachtmusik, 1943, Night Shadow, 1945), dies at 101
  • 2012 Mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57
  • 2012 Tristram Coffin, American folklorist, dies from pneumonia at 89
  • 2014 Miklós Jancsó, Hungarian director (The Red and the White), dies at 92
  • 2015 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94