Died On January 31st

Discover the most famous people who died on January 31. The list includes people like Guy Fawkes, Charles Edward Stuart, A. A. Milne, Charles Spurgeon, Terry Wogan. Famous personalities featured on this list, include novelists, political leaders, poets and actors and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, England & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Guy Fawkes
(Soldier)
Guy Fawkes
44
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 13, 1570
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: York
Died: 1606

Guy Fawkes was a member of an infamous group which unsuccessfully plotted the murder of King James I. The plot, which came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot, became popular and Guy Fawkes became synonymous with the plot. The failure of the plot has been commemorated as Guy Fawkes Night, during which Fawkes' effigy is burned on a bonfire.

 2 
A. A. Milne
(Best Known for His Books About the Teddy Bear ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ and Children's Poetry)
A. A. Milne
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1956

A. A. Milne was an English author best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. He joined the British Army as a young man and served in both World War I and World War II. In his career as a writer, he wrote several novels, non-fiction pieces, articles, poems, screenplays, and children’s stories.

 3 
Charles Spurgeon
(One of the Most Influential and Extraordinary Preachers of the 19th century)
Charles Spurgeon
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 19, 1834
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kelvedon, England
Died: 1892

Charles Spurgeon was an English Particular Baptist preacher who was a powerful figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition. Hailed as the "Prince of Preachers", he was well respected by Christians of various denominations. He was pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel for almost four decades. He was the author of several books, sermons, and commentaries. 

 4 
Charles Edward Stuart
(Military Leader)
Charles Edward Stuart
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 31, 1720
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Palazzo Muti, Rome
Died: 1788
Charles Edward Stuart, also known as "The Young Pretender” and “Bonnie Prince Charlie,” was the son of Prince James, and the grandson of James II. He is best remembered for his role in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising, and his subsequent failure, which became the subject of many folk songs.
 5 
Terry Wogan
(Radio and Television Broadcaster Known for His Radio Show ‘Wake Up to Wogan’ and Game Show ‘Blankety Blank’)
Terry Wogan
4
Birthdate: August 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: 2016

Irish radio and TV broadcaster, Terry Wogan, is remembered for his long career with BBC. For over 15 years, his weekday breakfast program, Wake Up to Wogan, drew in millions of listeners. At the peak of his career, he was probably the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.  He was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2009.

 6 
Lizabeth Scott
(Actress)
Lizabeth Scott
5
Birthdate: September 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2015
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 7 
Samuel Goldwyn
(Film Producer)
Samuel Goldwyn
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warsaw
Died: 1974
 8 
John Galsworthy
(Novelist)
John Galsworthy
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 14, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, England
Died: 1933
 9 
Moira Shearer
(Scottish Actress and Ballet Dancer Best Known for Her Performance in the Movie 'The Red Shoes')
Moira Shearer
2
Birthdate: January 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland
Died: 2006

Moira Shearer was a Scottish actress and ballet dancer. She is best remembered for playing an important role in the movie The Red Shoes. Although Moira Shearer went on to work as a dancer and actress for many decades after making her acting debut in The Red Shoes, she is still primarily known for her portrayal of Vicky in the 1948 film.

 10 
Rasual Butler
(Basketball Player)
Rasual Butler
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2018
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 11 
Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
(Former King of Nepal)
Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
10
Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: 1972
Son of Nepalese king Tribhuvan, Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev took over as the king in 1955 and dissolved the Nepali constitution and parliament by a coup in 1960. He loved writing poetry and songs. His son, Birendra, who succeeded him, was later killed in the royal massacre in 2001.
 12 
Mary Higgins Clark
(Novelist)
Mary Higgins Clark
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2020
 13 
Gabby Gabreski
(Pilot)
Gabby Gabreski
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oil City, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2002
 14 
Giant Baba
(Japanese Professional Wrestler)
Giant Baba
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sanjo, Niigata, Japan
Died: 1999
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 15 
Oscar Gamble
(Baseball Player)
Oscar Gamble
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ramer, Alabama, United States
Died: 2018
 16 
Ernesto Miranda
(Soldier)
Ernesto Miranda
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mesa
Died: 1976
 17 
Leslie Carter
(Singer)
Leslie Carter
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: 2012
 18 
Dorothea Tanning
(American Surrealist Artist)
Dorothea Tanning
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 25, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: 2012

Remembered for her surrealist paintings, sculptor and painter Dorothea Margaret Tanning seemed to have recreated her visions and dreams through her art. Most of her works showcase unreal situations, with motifs such as gigantic flowers and doors. Her iconic installation Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202 showcases her sculpting skills.

 19 
George Abbott
(American Theatre Producer, Director and Playwright)
George Abbott
0
Birthdate: June 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York
Died: 1995
 20 
Jacob Roggeveen
(Explorer who discovered Easter Island)
Jacob Roggeveen
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 1, 1659
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Middelburg
Died: 1729

Jacob Roggeveen was a Dutch explorer who is credited with discovering Easter Island, Samoa, Maupiti, and Bora Bora. Interestingly, he found Easter Island by accident as he was initially sent to find Terra Australis. He is also remembered for publishing his work De val van 's werelds afgod.

 21 
Jane Avril
(Dancer)
Jane Avril
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: June 9, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1943

Jane Avril was a French dancer who specialized in can-can, a popular music-hall dance of the 1840s. Avril was made famous by popular French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec who often depicted Jane Avril in his paintings. In the 1952 British drama film Moulin Rouge, Jane Avril was played by Hungarian-American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.

 22 
Suraiya
(Actor, Singer)
Suraiya
2
Birthdate: June 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gujranwala
Died: 2004
 23 
Nagesh
(Actor)
Nagesh
1
Birthdate: September 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dharapuram, India
Died: 2009
 24 
Arthur Percival
(Military personnel)
Arthur Percival
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aspenden
Died: 1966

Blamed for undermining the British Imperial prestige by surrendering to the Japanese Army during the Battle of Singapore, Arthur Percival was actually a distinguished military officer, known for his successful campaigns in interwar period.  Plagued with underequipped garrison from the beginning, he was forced to surrender in order to save the lives of his 100,000 men and became the scapegoat.

 25 
John Bosco
(Italian Catholic Priest Known for Educating the Poor and Founded the Education System 'Salesian Preventive System')
John Bosco
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
Died: 1888

The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.

 26 
Eleanor Holm
(American Competition Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Eleanor Holm
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2004

Eleanor Holm was an American competitive swimmer best remembered for winning a gold medal at the 1932  Olympics in Los Angeles. After being expelled by Avery Brundage from the 1936 Olympics team under controversial circumstances, Holm went on to establish herself as an interior designer and socialite. Eleanor Holm also appeared in the 1938 adventure film Tarzan's Revenge.

 27 
Henry, King of Portugal
(King of Portugal)
Henry, King of Portugal
3
Birthdate: January 31, 1512
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: 1580
 28 
Alf Humphreys
(Actor)
Alf Humphreys
0
Birthdate: August 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haileybury, Ontario, Canada
Died: 2018
 29 
Frank Pellegrino
(Actor, Restaurateur)
Frank Pellegrino
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: 2017
 30 
Jean Giraudoux
(Novelist)
Jean Giraudoux
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 29, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bellac, France
Died: 1944
 31 
Molly Ivins
(American columnist)
Molly Ivins
1
Birthdate: August 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monterey, California, United States
Died: 2007
 32 
John Mott
(American Evangelist)
John Mott
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Livingston Manor, New York, United States
Died: 1955

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Methodist evangelist John Mott was a leading member of the YMCA and the WSCF. He also co-organized the World Missionary Conference, which heralded the ecumenical movement. He had declined an invitation to travel on the doomed luxury liner Titanic, which sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

 33 
Paul Regina
(Film actor, Screenwriter)
Paul Regina
0
Birthdate: October 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2006
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 34 
Menno Simons
(theologian, priest, cleric)
Menno Simons
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1496 AD
Birthplace: Witmarsum, Friesland
Died: 1561
 35 
Dewey Martin
(musician, singer)
Dewey Martin
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: North Dundas, Ontario
Died: 2009
 36 
Miklós Jancsó
(Director & Screenwriter Whose Movies Frequently Focused on the Abuse of Power)
Miklós Jancsó
0
Birthdate: September 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vác, Hungary
Died: 2014

After earning a law degree, Miklos Jancso fought in World War II and eventually studied film direction. He gained international fame with his films The Round-Up and The Red and the White. His signature style of films were named political musical. He also repeated the characters Pepe and Kapa in his films.

 37 
Alfred de Rothschild
(Banker, Diplomat)
Alfred de Rothschild
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 20, 1842
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: 1918

Part of the famous Rothschild banking family from Frankfurt, Alfred de Rothschild started his career with his family’s N.M. Rothschild Bank in London. He later had a 20-year stint as the director of the Bank of England. A passionate art collector, he later also served as a trustee of the National Gallery.

 38 
Oskar Fischinger
(Animator)
Oskar Fischinger
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: elnhausen, Germany
Died: 1967

German-American abstract animator, filmmaker, and painter Oskar Fischinger is most-noted for creating abstract musical animation decades before development of computer graphics. Among the 50 short films he made, the short animated film Motion Painting No. 1 is listed on the United States National Film Registry. He also created special effects for the German sci-fi silent film Woman in the Moon.

 39 
Kirka
(Legendary Finnish Musician Known for Redefining Rock Music in Finland)
Kirka
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: 2007

One of the bestselling Finnish music artists of all time, pop-rock sensation Kirka was born into a family of musicians and began learning the accordion at age 5. The 2-time Finnish Emma Award winner had also represented his country at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest.

 40 
George Koval
(U.S. Born Soviet Spy)
George Koval
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, United States
Died: 2006

American chemical engineer George Koval was one of the most significant Soviet spies of the 20th century. Born to Belarusian immigrants in Iowa, Koval later moved to Russia with his family. Codenamed Delmar, he later worked in the U.S. atomic laboratories and supplied classified information to Russia.

 41 
Eddie Tolan
(Athlete)
Eddie Tolan
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: 1967
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 42 
Jack Douglas
(Writer)
Jack Douglas
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 17, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lynbrook, New York, United States
Died: 1989
 43 
Ron Joyce
(Entrepreneur)
Ron Joyce
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tatamagouche, Canada
Died: 2019
 44 
Ragnar Frisch
(Norwegian Economist Who Was a Joint Winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences)
Ragnar Frisch
3
Birthdate: March 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: 1973

Ragnar Frisch was a Norwegian economist best remembered for co-founding the discipline of econometrics. Frisch is credited with coining the terms microeconomics and macroeconomics. In 1969, he became the first co-recipient of the prestigious Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, which he shared with Jan Tinbergen. The University of Oslo houses the Frisch Centre, which is named after him.

 45 
Bairam Khan
(Military personnel)
Bairam Khan
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 18, 1501
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Badakhshan
Died: 1561
 46 
Ferdinande Henriette, Countess of Stolberg-Gedern
(Countess)
Ferdinande Henriette, Countess of Stolberg-Gedern
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1699
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gedern, Germany
Died: 1750
 47 
Henri Gatien Bertrand
(General)
Henri Gatien Bertrand
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 28, 1773
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Châteauroux, France
Died: 1844
 48 
Alexander Ypsilantis
(Military personnel)
Alexander Ypsilantis
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 12, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: 1828
 49 
Gil Kane
(Artist)
Gil Kane
1
Birthdate: April 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: 2000
 50 
Leonid Kadeniuk
(Astronaut)
Leonid Kadeniuk
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Klishkivtsi, Ukraine
Died: 2018