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January 31 - Deaths

Calendar Date January 31st:
January 31 - Deaths:
1398 – Emperor Sukō (b. 1334)
1435 – Xuande - Emperor of China (b. 1398)
1561 – Bairam Khan - Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar
1561 – Menno Simons - Dutch Mennonite leader (b. 1496)
1580 – Henry of Portugal (b. 1512)
1606 – Guy Fawkes – Gunpowder Plot conspirators (b. 1570)
1606 – Ambrose Rokewood – Gunpowder Plot conspirators (b. c.1578)
1606 – Thomas Wintour – Gunpowder Plot conspirators (b. 1571)
1615 – Claudio Aquaviva - Italian Jesuit (b. 1543)
1632 – Joost Bürgi - Swiss clockmaker & mathematician (b. 1552)
1665 – Johannes Clauberg - German theologian & philosopher (b. 1622)
1686 – Jean Mairet - French dramatist (b. 1604)
1720 – Thomas Grey - 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councillor (b. c. 1654)
1729 – Jakob Roggeveen - Dutch explorer (b. 1659)
1736 – Filippo Juvarra - Italian architect (b. 1678)
1788 – Charles Edward Stuart - the exiled Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England, Scotland, & Ireland (b. 1720)
1790 – Thomas Lewis - Irish-born Virginia settler (b. 1718)
1794 – Marriott Arbuthnot - British admiral (b. 1711)
1815 – José Félix Ribas - Venezuelan independentist leader (b. 1775)
1828 – Alexander Ypsilantis - Phanariot Greek military commander & national hero of the Greek War of Independence (b. 1792)
1836 – John Cheyne (physician) - British physician, surgeon & author (b. 1777)
1844 – Henri Gratien - Comte Bertrand, French general (b. 1773)
1888 – John Bosco - Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society (b. 1815)
1892 – Charles Spurgeon - English preacher & evangelist (b. 1834)
1907 – Timothy Eaton - Canadian department store founder (b. 1834)
1923 – Eligiusz Niewiadomski - Polish assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (b. 1869)
1933 – John Galsworthy - English writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
1942 – Henry Larkin - American baseball player (b. 1860)
1942 – Rolf Wenkhaus - German actor (b. 1917)
1944 – Jean Giraudoux - French writer (b. 1882)
1945 – Eddie Slovik - American soldier (b. 1920)
1954 – Edwin Howard Armstrong - American electrical engineer & inventor of the FM radio (b. 1890)
1955 – John Mott - American YMCA leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1865)
1956 – A. A. Milne - English author (b. 1882)
1966 – General Arthur Ernest Percival - British Army Officer (b. 1887)
1967 – Eddie Tolan - American athlete (b. 1908)
1969 – Meher Baba - Indian guru (b. 1894)
1970 – Slim Harpo - American singer (b. 1924)
1971 – Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian, linguist (b. 1891)
1973 – Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch - Norwegian economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
1974 – Samuel Goldwyn - Polish-born film studio executive (b. 1882)
1976 – Ernesto Miranda - American litigant (b. 1941)
1981 – Cozy Cole - American jazz drummer (b. 1909)
1987 – Yves Allégret - French film director (b. 1907)
1989 – William Stephenson - Canadian spymaster (b. 1896)
1990 – Rashad Khalifa - Egyptian-born imam (b. 1935)
1995 – George Abbott - American stage director & producer (b. 1887)
1997 – John Joseph Scanlan - Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
1999 – Norm Zauchin - American baseball player (b. 1929)
1999 – Shohei Baba - Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1938)
1999 – Barış Manço - Turkish singer, composer, television producer & celebrity. (b. 1943)
2000 – Gil Kane - Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
2001 – Gordon R. Dickson - Canadian writer (b. 1923)
2002 – Francis Gabreski - American, fighter pilot ace (b. 1919)
2004 – Eleanor Holm - American swimmer (b. 1913)
2006 – Moira Shearer - Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) & ballerina (b. 1926)
2007 – Kirka Babitzin - Finnish singer (b. 1950)
2007 – Molly Ivins - American political columnist & author (b. 1944)
2007 – Lee Bergere - American actor (b. 1924)
2007 – Adelaide Tambo - South African activist & wife of Oliver Tambo (b. 1929)
2008 – Zeltim Odie Peterson - famous pug dog (b. 1997)
2009 – Nagesh - Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)


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January 31 - Births

Calendar Date January 31st:
January 31st - Births:
36 BC – Antonia Minor - daughter of Mark Antony & Octavia Minor (d. 38 AD)
877 – Taejo of Goryeo - ruler of Korea (d. 943)
1512 – King Henry of Portugal (d. 1580)
1543 – Tokugawa Ieyasu - Shogun of Japan (d. 1616)
1550 – Henry I - Duke of Guise - French Catholic leader (d. 1588)
1597 – John Francis Regis - French saint (d. 1640)
1624 – Arnold Geulincx - Flemish philosopher (d. 1669)
1673 – Louis de Montfort - French catholic priest & saint (d. 1716)
1686 – Hans Egede - Norwegian Lutheran missionary (d. 1758)
1752 – Gouverneur Morris - American lawmaker & diplomat (d. 1816)
1759 – François Devienne - French composer (d. 1803)
1797 – Franz Schubert - Austrian composer (d. 1828)
1820 – William B. Washburn - 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
1835 – William Charles Lunalilo - Monarch of Hawaii (d. 1874)
1857 – George Jackson Churchward - Great Western Railway Chief mechanical engineer. (d. 1933)
1865 – Henri Desgrange - Founder of the Tour-de-France (d. 1940)
1865 – Shastriji Maharaj - Indian spiritual leader (d. 1951)
1868 – Theodore William Richards - American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1928)
1872 – Zane Grey - American Western writer (d. 1939)
1881 – Irving Langmuir - American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1957)
1881 – Anna Pavlova - Russian ballerina (d. 1931)
1884 – Theodor Heuss - 1st President of Germany (Bundespräsident) (d. 1963)
1889 – Frank Foster - English cricketer (d. 1958)
1892 – Eddie Cantor - American actor & singer (d. 1964)
1894 – Isham Jones - American musician (d. 1956)
1896 – Sofya Yanovskaya - Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
1902 – Tallulah Bankhead - American actress (d. 1968)
1902 – Alva Myrdal - Swedish politician, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
1905 – John O'Hara - American writer (d. 1970)
1911 – Eddie Byrne - British actor (d. 1981)
1913 – Don Hutson - American football player (d. 1997)
1914 – Carey Loftin - American actor & stuntman (d. 1997)
1914 – Sri Daya Mata - Hindu religious figure
1914 – Jersey Joe Walcott - American boxer (d. 1994)
1915 – Alan Lomax - American musicologist (d. 2002)
1915 – Thomas Merton - American author & monk (d. 1968)
1915 – Garry Moore - American comedian (d. 1993)
1919 – Jackie Robinson - American baseball player, & the first black player in Major League Baseball (d. 1972)
1921 – John Agar - American actor (d. 2002)
1921 – Carol Channing - American actress & singer
1921 – E. Fay Jones - American architect (d. 2004)
1921 – Mario Lanza - American singer (d. 1959)
1922 – Joanne Dru - American actress (d. 1996)
1923 – Norman Mailer - American writer & journalist (d. 2007)
1925 – Benjamin Hooks - American civil rights leader
1926 – Tom Alston - American baseball player (d. 1993)
1927 – Norm Prescott - American animation producer (d. 2005)
1928 – Chuck Willis - American singer & songwriter (d. 1958)
1929 – Rudolf Mössbauer - German physicist, Nobel laureate
1929 – Jean Simmons - English American actress (d. 2010)
1930 – Lynn Carlin - American actress
1930 – Joakim Bonnier - Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
1931 – Ernie Banks - American baseball player
1931 – Christopher Chataway - English athlete, newscaster & politician
1933 – Camille Henry - Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1997)
1933 – Bernardo Provenzano - Mafia Boss
1934 – James Franciscus - American actor (d. 1991)
1934 – Bob Turner - Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
1935 – Kenzaburo Oe - Japanese writer, Nobel laureate
1937 – Regimantas Adomaitis - Lithuanian actor
1937 – Andrée Boucher - Canadian politician (d. 2007)
1937 – Philip Glass - American composer
1937 – Suzanne Pleshette - American actress (d. 2008)
1938 – Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
1938 – James G. Watt - American politician
1939 – Claude Gauthier - Canadian singer & songwriter
1940 – Kitch Christie - South African rugby union coach (d. 1998)
1941 – Richard A. Gephardt - American politician
1941 – Jessica Walter - American actress
1942 – Daniela Bianchi - Italian actress
1942 – Derek Jarman - British director & writer (d. 1994)
1944 – Charlie Musselwhite - American musician
1945 – Joseph Kosuth - American conceptual artist
1946 – Terry Kath - American musician (Chicago) (d. 1978)
1946 – Glynn Turman - American actor
1947 – Jonathan Banks - American actor
1947 – Elena Nathanael - Greek actress (d. 2008)
1947 – Nolan Ryan - American baseball player
1948 – Muneo Suzuki - Japanese politician
1949 – Johan Derksen - Dutch footballer & sports journalist
1949 – Ken Wilber - American author
1950 – Alexander Korzhakov - Boris Yeltsin's bodyguard
1951 – Dave Benton - Aruban-born singer
1951 – Harry Wayne Casey - American singer & musician (KC & the Sunshine Band)
1951 – Phil Manzanera - English guitarist (Roxy Music, Quiet Sun, 801)
1952 – Nadya Rusheva - Russian painter (d. 1969)
1954 – Adrian Vandenberg - Dutch musician (Whitesnake)
1956 – John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten - English singer (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.)
1959 – Anthony LaPaglia - Australian actor
1959 – Kelly Lynch - American actress
1959 – Kelly Moore - American stock car driver
1960 – Grant Morrison - British comic author
1961 – Lloyd Cole - British singer
1962 – Sophie Muller - Music video director
1964 – Sylvie Bernier - Quebec diver
1964 – Jeff Hanneman - American musician (Slayer)
1964 – Billey Shamrock - Swedish singer
1966 – Dr Umar Alisha - Indian Sufi master
1966 – Dexter Fletcher - English actor
1967 – Fat Mike - American musician
1967 – Chad Channing - American musician
1967 – Irene Wan - Hong Kong actress
1967 – Joey Wong - Taiwanese actress
1968 – Matt King - British actor & comedian
1968 – Patrick Stevens - Belgian athlete
1970 – Danny Michel - Canadian Musician
1970 – Minnie Driver - British actress
1971 – Lee Young Ae - South Korean actress
1971 – Patrick Kielty - Northern Irish comedian
1971 – Dimitris Markos - Greek footballer
1971 – Patricia Velásquez - Venezuelan actress & model
1973 – Portia de Rossi - Australian actress
1974 – Wil Anderson - Australian comedian
1974 – Ariel Pestano - Cuban baseball player
1974 – Othella Harrington - American basketball player
1975 – Fred Coleman - former National Football League wide receiver
1975 – Jackie O - Australian radio host
1975 – Preity Zinta - Indian actress
1976 – Traianos Dellas - Greek footballer
1976 – Buddy Rice - American race car driver
1976 – Tyrone Nesby - American basketball player
1976 – Paul Scheer - American Comedian & Actor (Human Giant)
1977 – Mark Dutiaume - National Hockey League player
1977 – Shingo Katori - Japanese actor & singer (SMAP)
1977 – Jim Kleinsasser - National Football League tight end
1977 – Kate Shindle - American actress
1977 – Kerry Washington - American actress
1977 – Bobby Moynihan - American comedian (Saturday Night Live)
1978 – Fabián Caballero - Argentine footballer
1978 – Brad Rutter - Jeopardy! champion
1978 – Ray Shah - Irish DJ, TV, radio presenter
1978 – Arthur Wellesley - Earl of Mornington, English heir of the Dukedom of Wellington
1979 – Daniel Tammet - British autistic savant
1980 – James Adomian - American actor
1980 – Tiffany Limos - American actress
1981 – Julio Arca - Argentinian football player
1981 – Justin Timberlake - American singer
1981 – Amrita Arora - Indian actress
1982 – Yuniesky Betancourt - Major League Baseball shortstop
1982 – Allan McGregor - Scottish football player
1982 – Andreas Görlitz - German football player
1982 – Bruno Nogueira - Portuguese actor, comedian & TV host
1982 – Elena Paparizou - Greek singer
1982 – Jānis Sprukts - National Hockey League player
1982 – Brad Thompson - Major League Baseball player
1983 – James Sutton - British television actor
1983 – Tom Vangeneugden - Belgian swimmer
1984 – Jeremy Wariner - American 400m runner
1984 – Vernon Davis - NFL player
1985 – Adam Federici - Australian footballer
1985 – Kalomoira - Greek singer
1985 – Mario Williams - NFL player
1986 – Yves Makabu-Makalambay - Belgian football goalkeeper
1990 – Kota Yabu - Japanese actor & singer


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January 31 - General (Calendar Date)

January 31st - Basic Facts:
  • January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
  • There are 334 days remaining until the end of the year (335 in leap years).
  • The preceding day is January 30.
  • Next day is February 1.
January 31st Births (Here)

January 31st Deaths (Here)

January 31 Events:

314 – Silvester becomes Pope of the Catholic Church, succeeding Pope Miltiades.
1504 – France cedes Naples to Aragon.
1606 – Gunpowder Plot - Guy Fawkes is executed for plotting against Parliament & James I of England.
1747 – London Lock Hospital opens first venereal diseases clinic.
1814 – Gervasio Antonio de Posadas becomes Supreme Director of Argentina.
1846 – Following Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown & Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1849 – Corn Laws are abolished in the United Kingdom (following legislation in 1846).
1862 – The white dwarf star Sirius B, a companion of Sirius, is discovered by Alvan Graham Clark discovers at Northwestern University.
1865 – American Civil War - Confederate General Robert E. Lee becomes general-in-chief.
1867 – Maronite nationalist leader Youssef Karam leaves Lebanon on board a French ship for Algeria
1876 – The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
1891 – The first attempt at a Portuguese republican revolution breaks out in the northern city of Porto.
1900 – Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambunan - ends the Mat Salleh Rebellion
1915 – World War I - Germany uses poison gas against Russia.
1917 – World War I - Germany announces its U-boats will engage in unrestricted submarine warfare.
1919 – The Battle of George Square takes place in Glasgow, Scotland.
1929 – Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky.
1930 – 3M starts marketing Scotch Tape.
1943 – German Field Marshall Friedrich Paulus surrenders to the Soviets at Stalingrad.
1944 – World War II - American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll & other islands in the Marshall Islands.
1944 – During Anzio campaign 1st Ranger Battalion (Darby's Rangers) is destroyed behind enemy lines in an encounter at Battle of Cisterna, Italy. (World War II)
1946 – Yugoslavia's new constitution - establishes 6 constituent republics (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia & Slovenia).
1950 – President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.
1953 – North Sea flood - leads to ~ 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands.
1957 – Mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner & a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet, in Pacoima, California
1958 – Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit (Explorer program).
1958 – James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt.
1961 – Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space (Project Mercury).
1966 – Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program.
1968 – Tet Offensive - Viet Cong attack the United States embassy in Saigon, & other attacks, in the early morning hours.
1968 – Nauru gains independence from Australia.
1971 – Apollo 14 Mission – Astronauts aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon.
1971 – The Winter Soldier Investigation begins in Detroit, Michigan.
1990 – The first Soviet Union McDonald's Restaurant opens in Moscow.
1995 – President Bill Clinton authorizes a $20 billion loan to Mexico to stabilize its economy.
1996 – Explosives-filled truck rams gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo.
2000 – Alaska Airlines flight 261 MD-83, crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Point Mugu, California.
2001 – Scottish court (in the Netherlands) convicts Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
2003 – Waterfall rail accident - occurs near Waterfall, New South Wales, Australia.


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