Died On July 31st

Discover the most famous people who died on July 31. The list includes people like Andrew Johnson, Roddy Piper, Franz Liszt, Gore Vidal, Mohammed Rafi. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, emperors & kings and aviators and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, England, Germany & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Bill Russell
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)
Bill Russell
39
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2022

Bill Russell was an American retired professional basketball player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, Russell led the US national basketball team to victory and helped his team win an Olympic gold at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Also known for his accomplishments in the civil rights movement, Russell was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

 2 
Roddy Piper
(Canadian Professional Wrestler and Actor)
Roddy Piper
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: 2015

Canadian professional wrestler, amateur boxer, and actor, Roddy Piper, is best remembered for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  He headlined multiple PPV events and hosted the popular WWF interview segment Piper's Pit. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He also appeared in a few films and TV shows.

 3 
Andrew Johnson
(17th President of the United States)
Andrew Johnson
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 29, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died: 1875

The 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency while serving as the vice president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Born in poverty, Andrew Johnson did not attend school. However, he worked his way up to become a prominent politician—an inspiring story indeed!

 4 
Franz Liszt
(Composer, Pianist and Teacher of the Romantic Era)
Franz Liszt
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 22, 1811
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Raiding, Austria
Died: 1886

Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, conductor, arranger, music teacher, and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era. Considered one of the greatest pianists ever, Liszt's works influenced his contemporaries and successors alike. Perhaps his greatest legacy is his work as a teacher, although his rich body of work might suggest otherwise; he taught people like Karl Klindworth among other pianists.

 5 
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(French Poet, Author, and Aviator Best Known for His Novella ‘The Little Prince’)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 1944

French writer, poet, aristocrat, and journalist, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is best remembered for his novella, The Little Prince. He was a pioneering aviator as a young man. A successful commercial pilot before World War II, he joined the French Air Force at the start of the war. Equally successful as a writer, he won several of France's highest literary awards.

 6 
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
(Priest, Confessor and Founder of the Society of Jesus)
Saint Ignatius of Loyola
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 23, 1491
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Azpeitia, Spain
Died: 1556

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a  Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian in the 16th century. He was one of the founders of the religious order called the Society of Jesus and served as its first Superior General at Paris. He was an inspired spiritual director and the founder of what is today known as "Ignatian spirituality."

 7 
Gore Vidal
(American Writer Known for His Novels: ‘The City and the Pillar’, ‘Julian’, ‘Myra Breckinridge’ and ‘Burr’)
Gore Vidal
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Point, New York, United States
Died: 2012

Gore Vidal was an American intellectual and writer. He served as a major inspiration to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals as he was openly bisexual and often incorporated LGBT characters in his novels, which was very unusual at the time. He was also known for his debates with William F. Buckley Jr., which inspired the 2015 documentary film Best of Enemies.

 8 
Jim Reeves
(Singer-Songwriter)
Jim Reeves
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: 1964
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
Michael Ansara
(Stage, Screen, and Voice Actor)
Michael Ansara
7
Birthdate: April 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Syria
Died: 2013
Michael Ansara is best remembered as Cochise from the series Broken Arrow and Kane from Buck Rogers. Fans also loved him as Commander Kang in the series Star Trek and as the voice of Mr. Freeze in Batman: The Animated Series TV franchise. He was once married to Barbara Eden.
 10 
Jeanne Moreau
(Actress)
Jeanne Moreau
7
Birthdate: January 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2017
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 11 
Denis Diderot
(French Philosopher, Co-Founder and Chief Editor of the ‘Encyclopédie’)
Denis Diderot
6
Birthdate: October 5, 1713
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Langres, France
Died: 1784

Denis Diderot revolutionized the Age of Enlightenment as the co-founder of Encyclopédie, which was banned for questioning religion. He had flirted with the idea of joining the theater and becoming a priest, and even studied law, but later devoted himself to languages, literature, and philosophy.

 12 
Mohammed Rafi
(One of India's Greatest and Most Influential Playback Singers)
Mohammed Rafi
20
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Died: 1980
Legendary Indian playback singer Mohammed Rafi was known for his versatility. The winner of one National Film Award and four Filmfare awards, Rafi often collaborated with ace composer S.D. Burman. He also received the Padma Shri and sang in countless Indian and foreign languages, including Arabic, Persian, and Dutch.
 13 
Bobby Van
(Actor)
Bobby Van
5
Birthdate: December 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 1980
 14 
Chiune Sugihara
(Diplomat)
Chiune Sugihara
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kozuchi Town (now Mino, Gifu Prefecture), Japan
Died: 1986

Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat best remembered for helping thousands of Jews flee Europe during the Second World War. He did so by issuing transit visas to the Jews, enabling them to travel through Japanese territory. Sugihara helped the Jews despite knowing that he was risking the lives of his family and his job. 

 15 
Robert A. Taft
(Politician)
Robert A. Taft
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: 1953
 16 
Baudouin of Belgium
(King of the Belgians (1951 - 1993))
Baudouin of Belgium
2
Birthdate: September 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Château du Stuyvenberg, Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1993

The elder son of King Leopold III of Belgium, Baudouin ruled Belgium for over 4 decades. He is remembered for his impartial treatment of both the Flemish- and French-speaking Belgian factions. He also served as the sovereign of the Belgian Congo and later supported Congolese independence.

 17 
Omar Torrijos
(Elected official)
Omar Torrijos
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santiago, Panama
Died: 1981
Omar Torrijos was a Panamanian political leader who served as the de facto leader of Panama from 1968 to 1981. Although he was never officially elected as the president of Panama, Torrijos held titles, such as Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution. One of the most influential Panamanian personalities during his generation, Omar Torrijos introduced many social reforms in Panama.
 18 
Mitch Miller
(Musician)
Mitch Miller
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 4, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 2010
 19 
Harold Prince
(Theatrical Producer)
Harold Prince
0
Birthdate: January 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2019
 20 
Jean Jaurès
(French Socialist Leader )
Jean Jaurès
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Birthdate: September 3, 1859
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Castres, France
Died: 1914
 21 
Udham Singh
(Indian Revolutionary Known for Assassinating ‘Michael O’Dwyer’, the Former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in India)
Udham Singh
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sunam, Punjab, India
Died: 1940
 22 
Kenny Ireland
(Actor, Theatre director)
Kenny Ireland
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Birthdate: August 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland
Died: 2014
 23 
John V of Portugal
(King of Portugal from 9 December 1706 until his death in 1750)
John V of Portugal
1
Birthdate: October 22, 1689
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: 1750
 24 
Frederick Coffin
(Actor)
Frederick Coffin
0
Birthdate: January 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 2003
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 25 
Allan Octavian Hume
(Founder of Indian National Congress)
Allan Octavian Hume
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Birthdate: June 4, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Mary Cray, Orpington, United Kingdom
Died: 1912

British civil servant A. O. Hume is remembered as the Father of the Indian National Congress, having co-founded the party. Apart from being an administrator, he was also an ornithologist and had written List of Birds in India. His vocal criticism of the British made his bosses distrust him.

 26 
Teddy Wilson
(Jazz Pianist)
Teddy Wilson
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 24, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Died: 1986
 27 
Sándor Petőfi
(Former Hungary’s National Poet, and Was One of the Key Figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848)
Sándor Petőfi
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiskőrös, Hungary
Died: 1849

Hungarian poet and revolutionary Sándor Petőfi is remembered as one of the pillars of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution, and his song Talpra Magyar became an anthem of the revolution. While he was initially part of the army, ill health got him dismissed soon. He also penned the epic fairy tale János vitéz.

 28 
Bao Dai
(Emperor of Vietnam (1926–45))
Bao Dai
9
Birthdate: October 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imperial City, Hue, Vietnam
Died: 1997
 29 
Warren Bennis
(Scholar)
Warren Bennis
0
Birthdate: March 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2014
 30 
Pascual Jordan
(Former theoretical and mathematical physicist who made significant contributions to quantum mechanics and quantum field theory)
Pascual Jordan
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: 1980
 31 
Leonard Cheshire
(English Pilot and Group Captain During the Second World War)
Leonard Cheshire
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1992

Legendary RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire was not just famous for his exploits during World War II but was also a dedicated philanthropist. His heroic action of flying a burned bomber plane back safely won him a Distinguished Service Order. His charitable trust is now known as Leonard Cheshire Disability.

 32 
Bill Mack
(Songwriter)
Bill Mack
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shamrock, Texas, United States
Died: 2020
 33 
Seymour Papert
(South African-Born American Mathematician and Computer Scientist Who Co-Invented Logo)
Seymour Papert
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pretoria
Died: 2016

South African-born American mathematician and computer scientist Seymour Papert is best remembered for co-inventing the computer programming language Logo, which is also an educational tool. He was part of the faculty at MIT and was known for his pioneering research on children’s learning processes, the constructionist movement, and AI.

 34 
Louis
(Serbian Singer)
Louis
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leskovac, Serbia
Died: 2011

Louis was a Serbian singer best remembered for his unique musical style. In 2006, he came close to representing Serbia at the Eurovision Song Contest when he almost won the Beovizija fest alongside Serbian band Flamingosi.

 35 
Richard Morris Hunt
(Architect)
Richard Morris Hunt
1
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: October 31, 1827
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Died: 1895

Architect Richard Morris Hunt is largely credited with bringing in the French Beaux-Arts style to the U.S. He was also a major force behind the formation of the American Institute of Architects. His creations include the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s façade and the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal.

 36 
Princess Antonia of Luxembourg
(Princess)
Princess Antonia of Luxembourg
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 7, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Schloss Hohenburg, Lenggries, Bavaria, Germany
Died: 1954
 37 
Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal
(Noblewomen)
Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 13, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kloster Bronnbach, Wertheim am Main, Germany
Died: 1942
 38 
Alexander von Falkenhausen
(Soldier, Politician, Military personnel)
Alexander von Falkenhausen
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 29, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silesia Province
Died: 1966
 39 
Germanus of Auxerre
(Bishop of Auxerre Who Fought Pelagianism and Supported the Cult of Saint Alban)
Germanus of Auxerre
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0378 AD
Birthplace: Auxerre, France
Died: 0448

Initially a high-ranking government official, Germanus of Auxerre quit his job to devote himself to the Church. The Roman clergyman served as the bishop of Auxerre. He established the Monastery of SS. Cosmas and Damian. He is also remembered for his fight against Pelagianism and his support for the Cult of Saint Alban.

 40 
John Milne
(British Geologist and Mining Engineer Who Developed the Modern Seismograph)
John Milne
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 30, 1850
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: 1913

John Milne was a British mining engineer and geologist. He is credited with co-founding the Seismological Society of Japan which raised money for the invention of seismographs. John Milne and his team went on to invent the horizontal pendulum seismograph which allowed him to detect various kinds of earthquake waves.

 41 
Dheeran Chinnamalai
(Revolutionary)
Dheeran Chinnamalai
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 17, 1756
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kangeyam, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: 1805
 42 
Lenore Aubert
(Model)
Lenore Aubert
1
Birthdate: April 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Celje, Slovenia
Died: 1993
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 43 
Patricia Goldman-Rakic
(Professor)
Patricia Goldman-Rakic
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts
Died: 2003
 44 
Wim Duisenberg
(Dutch Politician and Economist Who Served as President of the European Central Bank)
Wim Duisenberg
1
Birthdate: July 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heerenveen, Netherlands
Died: 2005

Hailed as the Father of the Euro or Mr. Europe, Wim Duisenberg was the first president of the European Central Bank and managed the introduction of a common currency in Europe. He had also been the director of the Nederlandsche Bank and the Dutch minister of finance.

 45 
Harry Johnston
(British Explorer and Botanist)
Harry Johnston
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 12, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kennington Park, London, England
Died: 1927

British botanist Harry Johnston is remembered for his extensive exploratory voyages to Africa. His explorations gave way to the 19th-century Scramble for Africa by colonial powers. He had also been a painter and a freelance journalist in his initial days in Africa. He also penned countless books on Africa.

 46 
Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg
(Military personnel)
Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 1924
 47 
Gildo
(General)
Gildo
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Mauretania Caesariensis
Died: 0398
 48 
Alexandra
(Singer)
Alexandra
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Šilutė, Lithuania
Died: 1969
 49 
Margaret Kennedy
(Novelist & Playwright)
Margaret Kennedy
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hyde Park Gate, London, England
Died: 1967
 50 
Gustav Lindenthal
(Civil engineer)
Gustav Lindenthal
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 21, 1850
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
Died: 1935