Deaths in History on July 31

Aurelia CottaAurelia Cotta (120-54 BC)

mother of Julius Caesar, dies at 66

  • 450 Petrus Chrysologus, Emilia-Romagnan priest (1st archbishop of Ravenna, 433-50), Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saint, dies at about 44 [birthdate uncertain]
  • 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 co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit) religious order, 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 Kalf, Dutch 'Golden Age' painter (Still life with nautilus beaker and porcelain lidded bowl), dies at 73 or 74 [exact birthday in 1619, unknown]
  • 1726 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
  • 1750 John V, King of Portugal (1706-50), dies at 60
  • 1763 James Kent, Fredericksburgh NY, legal scholar (Columbia), dies

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot (1713-1784)

French enlightenment philosopher (Encyclopédie), dies at 70

  • 1795 Basílio da Gama, Portuguese poet (O Uraguai), dies at 54
  • 1805 Dheera Chinnamalai, Indian Polygar (governor) and freedom fighter, executed by the British at 49
  • 1849 Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet (A virágnak megtiltani nem lehet - You Cannot Forbid the Flower), and revolutionary, last seen alive at the Battle of Segesvár (Transylvania), presumed killed in action at 26
  • 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

Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson (1808-1875)

17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), dies of a stroke at 66

  • 1891 Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French-Belgian glass painter, dies at 77
  • 1895 Richard Morris Hunt, American architect and educator, dies at 67
  • 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 Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • 1917 Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)

Charles E. HiresCharles E. Hires (1851-1937)

American pharmacist, inventor and manufacturer of the Hires Root Beer beverage, dies at 85

  • 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
  • 1944 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), dies during a reconnaissance mission at 44
  • 1951 J. Van Oudshoorn [Jan Koos Feylbrief], Dutch writer (Maze of Sentences), dies at 74
  • 1953 Robert A. Taft, American politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 63
  • 1958 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist and philosopher, dies at 67
  • 1966 Alex von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), dies at 87
  • 1967 Margaret Kennedy, English novelist (The Constant Nymph), dies at 71
  • 1967 Richard Kuhn, Austrian-German biochemist (Nobel 1938-work on carotenoids and vitamins), dies at 66
  • 1972 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian politician (Prime Minister of Belgium, Secretary-General of NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • 1977 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • 1981 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • 1985 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), dies at 78
  • 1986 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)
  • 1990 Fernando Sancho, dies after operation for malignant tumor at 72
  • 1992 G Harold Carswell, supreme court justice candidate 1970, dies at 72
  • 1992 Sjoerd de Free, reporter (Radio Herrijzend Netherland), dies
  • 1993 Baudouin I, King of Belgium (1951-93), dies from heart issues at 62
  • 1993 George Keyt, Sri Lankan painter, dies at 92
  • 1993 Paul Henry, US Republicans Congressional leader, dies at 51
  • 1994 Caitlin Thomas (née Macnamara), British author (Leftover Life to Kill) and the wife of the poet and writer Dylan Thomas, dies at 80
  • 1994 G de Ru, chairman of Dutch Reformed Synode, dies
  • 1994 Pieter C Buitendijk, co-founder (Free Netherlands), dies at 92
  • 1996 Joan Warburton, Scottish painter, dies at 76
  • 1996 Michael Jinks, child care pioneer, dies at 59
  • 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 (correctly predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyper-fine line of neutral atomic hydrogen in interstellar space), dies at 81
  • 2001 Fanny Leys, Flemish author (Ontwijding), dies at 95
  • 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)
  • 2001 Poul Anderson, American science-fiction and fantasy author, winner of 7 Hugo and 3 Nebula Awards (The Sharing of Flesh; Mirkheim; After Doomsday), dies of prostate cancer at 74
  • 2002 Jerome Beatty Jr., American author of children's literature (Matthew and Maria Looney books), dies at 85
  • 2003 Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)
  • 2005 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)
  • 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
  • 2016 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88
  • 2019 V. G. Siddhartha, Indian coffee entrepreneur (Café Coffee Day), found dead at 60
  • 2020 Alan Parker, English director (Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express), dies at 76 [1]
  • 2022 Fidel V. Ramos, Filipino general and 12th President of the Philippines (1992-98), dies at 94
  • 2022 Mo Ostin [Ostrofsky], American record company executive (Verve; Reprise; Warner Bros,; Dreamworks), dies at 95