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Notable Deaths on August 31st

1969Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

1997Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

1973John Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78

1888Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

August 31st Deaths
Date Event
651
Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and missionary 
683
Pacal II ruler of the Maya polity of Palenque 
1056
Theodora, Byzantine Empress (b. 981) 
1057
Leofric, count of Mercia/husband of Lady Godiva, dies 
1158
Sancho III, King of Castile, dies 
1218
Al-Malik ab-Adil/Saphadin/Saif al-Din), brother of Saladin, dies 
1234
Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (b. 1212) 
1372
Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (b. 1301) 
1422
Henry V, King of England (1413-22)/France (1416-19), dies 
1590
Floris Thin, politician/land advocate of Utrecht, dies 
1604
Giovanale Ancina, composer, dies at 58 
1616
Gemignano Capilupi, composer, dies at 43 
1631
Nicolaus Erich, composer, dies at 43 
1638
John Ward, composer, dies at 67 
1645
Francesco Bracciolini, Italian poet (b. 1566) 
1654
Ole Worm, Danish physician (b. 1588) 
1667
Johann Rist, composer, dies at 60 
1688
John Bunyan, preacher/novelist/author (Pilgrim's Progress), dies 
1688
John Bunyan, Episode #1.3 
1730
Gottfried Finger, Czech composer (b. 1660?) 
1741
Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist (b. 1681) 
1772
William Borlase, English naturalist (b. 1695) 
1795
Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, composer, dies at 68 
1795
François-André Danican-Philidor, Tom Jones 
1796
John McKinly, American physician and President of Delaware, dies at 75 
1799
Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect (b. 1720) 
1805
Joseph Marie Clement dall' Abaco, composer, dies at 95 
1807
Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, Die Entführung aus dem Serail 
1814
Arthur Phillip, British admiral, first Governor of New South Wales (b. 1738) 
1832
Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, composer, dies at 53 
1862
George William Taylor, US Union brig-general, dies in battle 
1862
Ignaz Assmayer, composer, dies at 72 
1864
Ferdinand Lassalle, French politician (ADA), dies at 39 
1867
[Pierre-]Charles Baudelaire, Fren poet (Journaux Intimes), dies at 46 
1867
Charles Baudelaire, Messengers 
1869
Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827) 
1873
Charles F Pahud de Montagnes, gov-gen (Dutch East Indies), dies at 70 
1875
Oskar Peschel, German geographer (Physicist Erdkunde), dies at 49 
1879
William Barber, 6th US chief engraver (1844-79), dies 
1882
Paolo Giacometti, A Morte Civil 
1888
Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper 
1888
Mary Ann Nichols, Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution 
1902
Mathilde Wesendonk, German author/poetess, dies at 73 
1910
Emils Darzins, composer, dies at 34 
1913
Tim Sullivan, Actors' Fund Field Day 
1918
Joe English, Irish/Flemish signaler (WW I), dies at 36 
1920
Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist/psychologist/philosopher, dies 
1931
Marcel Planiol, French private law scholar, dies 
1931
Hall Caine, The Manxman 
1932
Pavel Orlenev, Brand 
1934
Johan H A Schaper, Dutch MP (SDAP), dies 
1935
Abraham Isaac Kook, rabbi/author (Hokhmat Ha-kodesh), dies 
1936
Ossian Brofeldt, Den gamla gården 
1938
Otto Trobäck, Karl XII, del II 
1940
Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58 
1940
Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871) 
1941
Marian Zwetajewa, writer, dies 
1941
Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (b. 1892) 
1941
Marina Tsvetaeva, Ironiya sudby, ili S legkim parom! 
1942
Von Bismarck, German major general, (Africa Corps), dies in battle 
1942
Paula DeCardo, You and Me 
1942
Teddie Gerard, The Cave Girl 
1943
Knud de Trappaud, Baby på eventyr 
1944
Killinger, German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide 
1944
Ludwig Satz, His Wife's Lover 
1946
Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63 
1946
Harley Granville-Barker, Prunella 
1948
Andrei A Zjdanov, Rus politician (against kosmopolitism), dies at 52 
1948
Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932) 
1948
Frank Andrews, The Poor Little Rich Girl 
1948
Oscar Bradley, Curly Top 
1948
Barlowe Borland, The Hound of the Baskervilles 
1948
Billy 'Froggy' Laughlin, Don't Lie 
1949
Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies 
1949
Paul Hoffer, composer, dies at 53 
1949
Nick Long Jr., Broadway Melody of 1936 
1950
Jacques Haïk, Azaïs 
1950
Camelia, Some Are Bright 
1951
Paul Demel, The Lavender Hill Mob 
1951
Abraham Cahan, Hester Street 
1952
Henri Bourassa, French Canadian political leader (b. 1868) 
1952
Hans Ebert, Der Bienenstaat 
1953
Kitty Hott, Chalumeau serrurier par amour 
1954
Wilhelm Heim, Singende Engel 
1954
Paul Lieberenz, Triumph of the Will 
1954
Barney Dean, Duffy's Tavern 
1956
Percy MacKaye, The Scarecrow 
1957
Axel Bergman, Kejsarn av Portugallien 
1958
Gayne Whitman, Speaking of Animals and Their Families 
1958
Tom Harrington, The Kid 
1959
Charles Delaney, dies at 67 
1959
Herman Heller, The First Auto 
1959
Charles Delaney, Hell-Bent for Frisco 
1961
Michele Cozzoli, La nonna Sabella 
1963
George F Broque, cubist painter, dies at 81 in Paris 
1963
Georges Braque, French painter (b. 1882) 
1963
Georges Braque, Peintres et artistes montmartrois 
1964
Carole Coleman, singer (Make Mine Music), dies at 42 
1964
Fritz Lafontaine, Spezi 
1965
Wycliffe A. Hill, Tempest Cody, Kidnapper 
1966
Kasimir Edschmid, [Karl E Schmidt], German writer, dies at 75 
1967
Ilja G Ehrenburg, Russian poet/writer (9th wave), dies at 76 
1967
Michael Fitzmaurice, dies of lymphoma at 59 
1967
Georg Bauer, Das sündige Dorf 
1968
Dennis O'Keefe, actor (Suspicion), dies of lung cancer at 60 
1968
George P Gooch, English historian/House of Commons leader, dies 
1969
Ottmar Gerster, composer, dies at 72 
1969
Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45 
1973
John Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78 
1973
Raymond Keane, dies at 66 
1973
Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies 
1974
William Pershing Benedict, American pilot 
1974
Norman Kirk, New Zealand prime minister (b. 1923 
1974
Fred Godoy, Safari 
1975
Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24 
1975
Pierre Blaise, Lacombe, Lucien 
1976
Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81 
1976
Harry Bergvall, Havets melodi 
1977
Joseph Mell, Magnificent Obsession 
1977
Matti Louhivuori, Mullin mallin 
1978
John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913) 
1978
Josephine Miller, Cactus Jake, Heart-Breaker 
1978
Lee David, The Jerk 
1979
E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies 
1979
Sally Rand, stripper, dies at 75 
1979
Celso Emilio Ferreiro, Pelerinaxe do 'Patronato Rosalia Castro' aos Lugares rosalianos e aitos orgaizados en homaxe da poeta o 'Dia de Galiza' de 1.951 en Sant-iago 
1979
Sally Rand, Sunset Murder Case 
1980
Stan Worth, The Hollywood Squares 
1980
Wanda Bartówna, For Crimes Not Theirs 
1980
Bob Alden, The Country Girl 
1980
Tom Godwin, The Cold Equations 
1981
Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82 
1981
Victor Trumper Jr, cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies 
1981
John Cortay, Sunset Blvd. 
1981
Pierre Billon, Le soleil a toujours raison 
1983
Fred Freed, Aladdin and His Magic Lamp 
1983
Jack Henderson, Visit from a Big Star 
1983
Einar Molin, Resan till dej 
1984
Viljo Puola, Huijarien huvittavat huiputtajat 
1984
Tom Plews, Some Like It Hot 
1985
Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899) 
1985
Ole Vinding, Kanada - Im Land der schwarzen Bären 
1986
Henry Moore, English sculptor/cartoonist, dies at 88 
1986
Urho K Kekkonen, premier/president of Finland, dies at 85 
1986
Karl-Otto Ragotzky, Das Sympathiemittel 
1986
Luigi Picchi, A Ilha 
1986
Goffredo Parise, Boccaccio '70 
1986
Cestmír Randa, Zaklete rewiry 
1986
Frederik Frederiksen, Old Maids 
1986
Urho Kekkonen, Presidentti Porojärvellä 
1988
Reinhardt Fraunfelder Sr., Paradise for Three 
1988
Joan Miller, Criss Cross 
1989
Kleopatra Harisijades, Beasts 
1989
Claire Luce, Up the River 
1989
Idris Nogajbayev, Pervyy uchitel 
1989
Robert L. Friend, The Last Order 
1989
Edward Hutton, Fish Tales 
1989
Lenore Lonergan, Westward the Women 
1990
Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies 
1990
Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack 
1990
Gerty Molzen, The American Friend 
1990
Doris Hamner, The Shivaree 
1990
Paul Deen, The Story of Little John Bailey 
1990
'Sweetwater' Clifton, Go Man Go 
1991
Leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93 
1991
Gerry Davis, Coronation Street 
1991
Sadie Delfino, What's the Matter with Helen? 
1992
Baron Wilson, The Gambler 
1992
Florencio Escardó, La cuna vacía 
1993
Gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter (communist), dies at 80 
1993
Al Trace, Duel 
1993
Boris Karlsson, The Slingshot 
1993
Jess Hill, 1955 Rose Bowl 
1993
Siegfried Schürenberg, The Bridge 
1993
Stuart Latham, A Last Tilt at the Windmill 
1994
Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88 
1994
Barbara Hammer Avedon, scriptwriter, dies at 69 
1994
Norman "Doc" Jones, bassist, dies at 68 
1994
Tapio Vilpponen, Borrowing Matchsticks 
1994
Barbara Avedon, Cagney & Lacey 
1994
Marion Clayton Anderson, Mutiny on the Bounty 
1994
Illa Ginnaven, Two-Lane Blacktop 
1994
Herbert Flato, Rocket Attack U.S.A. 
1995
Beant Singh, PM of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73 
1995
David Farrar, actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), dies at 87 
1995
David Richard Holloway, literary Editor, dies at 71 
1995
Hajime Miterai, industrialist, dies at 56 
1995
Horst Janssen, graphic Artist, dies at 65 
1995
John Erik Jonsson, businessman/Mayor of Dallas, dies at 93 
1995
Gertrud Luckner, They Risked Their Lives: Rescuers of the Holocaust 
1995
David Farrar, Black Narcissus 
1995
Mildred Coles, Here Comes Happiness 
1995
Suzy Marleen, Een zondags uitstapje 
1995
Horst Janssen, The Reader 
1995
Carmen Mathews, Another World 
1996
David Scott, priest, dies at 72 
1996
Harald James Penrose, pilot, dies at 92 
1996
Milton "Tippy" Larkin, band leader, dies at 85 
1997
Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36 
1997
Will Hare, Back to the Future 
1997
Lotus Weinstock, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth 
1997
Dodi Fayed, Hook 
1997
Accursio Di Leo, Carmen 
1997
Princess Diana, Diary of a Princess 
1998
Ayanna DuLaney, Lightning, the White Stallion 
1998
John David Bland, Tank Girl 
1998
Pertti Reponen, Ällitälli 
1998
Lillian Burns, The Battle of the Weak 
1998
Shigezô Sasaoka, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie 
1999
Marguerite Chapman, The Seven Year Itch 
1999
Bob Herbert, Rebel 
2000
Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (b. 1925) 
2000
Lucille Fletcher, Sorry, Wrong Number 
2000
Maruska Stankova, Quintet 
2000
Jaroslav Dudek, Hrbitov pro cizince 
2000
Patricia Owens, The Fly 
2000
Nodar Gabunia, Pirosmani 
2000
Britta Brunius, Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lilac 
2000
Klaus Miedel, Hokuspokus oder: Wie lasse ich meinen Mann verschwinden...? 
2001
Sam McFadin, American Graffiti 
2001
Richard Drout Miller, The Most Dangerous Match 
2001
Antun Markic, Vedno smo bili titovo Velenje 
2001
Lawrence 'Crash' Davis, Cobb 
2001
Lord Kaulili, Strangers in Our Own Land 
2002
Lionel Hampton, American vibraphone player (b. 1908) 
2002
George Porter, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920) 
2002
Samson Samsonov, The Grasshopper 
2002
Lionel Hampton, Malcolm X 
2002
Jean Saudray, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe 
2002
Ana Martínez, Como tú, ninguna 
2002
George Porter, The Natural History of a Sunbeam 
2003
Pavel Tigrid, Episode dated 23 February 2001 
2003
Eva Schäfer, Feriengewitter 
2003
Loretta High, Heathcliff 
2003
Mario Onaindia, Cómo levantar 1000 kilos 
2004
Carl Wayne, English singer (b. 1943) 
2004
Carl Wayne, Monkeybone 
2004
Hilde Foeda, Young Girls of Vienna 
2004
Lee Lucas, The Next Best Thing 
2004
George Sroda, Episode #1.16 
2005
Michael Sheard, British actor (b. 1940) 
2005
Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1908) 
2005
Shelley Powell, The Lost Prince 
2005
Sonja Hlebs, Pre rata 
2005
Michael Sheard, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 
2005
Lucio Mad, Black 
2005
Antoni Clave, Hans Christian Andersen 
2005
Joseph Rotblat, Threads 
2005
Susan MacNair, Working Girl 
2006
Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911) 
2006
Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977) 
2006
Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (b. 1983) 
2006
Nellie Connally, JFK: Conspiracy Myths 
2006
Guy Gabaldon, Hell to Eternity 
2006
William Aldrich, Flight of the Phoenix 
2006
Tim Jessen,  
2006
Paolo Montarsolo, La Cenerentola 
2007
Gay Brewer, American golfer (b. 1932) 
2007
Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler (b. 1928) 
2007
Jerry Bono, Speechless 
2007
Kristine Yitref, The Nuns: New York Vampires 
2008
Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937) 
2008
Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933) 
2008
Betty Carr, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 
2008
Karen ffolkes, Most Wanted 
2008
Carrie Anne Schmidt, Aardvark 
2008
Eldon Rathburn, The Railrodder 
2008
Ike Pappas, The Package 
2008
Mestre Salustiano, Hoje É Dia de Maria 
2008
Edward Guthmann, The Godfather: Part II 
2008
Ken Campbell, A Fish Called Wanda 
2009
Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925) 
2009
Eddie Higgins, The Brain 
2009
Barry Flanagan, The Last Time 
2009
Bernt Ström, Mannen på balkongen 
2009
Jack Manning, The Owl and the Pussycat 
2009
Marie Knight, Amélie 
2010
Laurent Fignon, French bicycle racer (b. 1960) 
2010
Vance Bourjaily, A Cup of Kindness 
2010
Ivan Ufimtsev, 38 popugaev 
2010
Laurent Fignon, Episode dated 20 June 2009 
2010
Mick Lally, The Secret of Kells 
2010
Sid Rawle, Winstanley 
2011
Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976) 
2011
Frank E. Warner, Taxi Driver 
2011
Rosel Zech, Veronika Voss 
2011
Wade Belak, Let's All Hate Toronto 
2012
Peter Steffen, Ach Egon! 
2012
John Orval Thomas, Cody 
2012
Norbert Walter, Versagen unsere Führungskräfte - Was ist los in Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft? 
2012
Percy Jackonia, Stones of Death 
2012
Albert Honig, Other Voices 
2012
Max Bygraves, Family Fortunes 
2012
Carlo Maria Martini, Giovanni XXIII, Il pensiero e la memoria 
2012
Kevin Hutchinson, Pacific Rim 
2012
Joe Lewis, Jaguar Lives! 
2012
Tom Keating, AFL-NFL World Championship Game 
2013
David Frost, British broadcaster, dies from a heart attack at 74 
2013
Jerzy Fornal, Sekret 
2013
Viera Strnisková, And Give My Love to the Swallows 
2013
Ferenc Daday, Afrikai völegény 
2013
David Frost, David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon 
2014
Peter Stursberg, CTV National News 
2014
Stefan Andrei, Socialism in One Family 
2014
Carol Vadnais, 1978 NHL All-Star Game 
2014
Jimi Jamison, Spy Game 
2014
Joan Holloway, Episode #4.30 
2014
María Eugenia Llamas, Los tres huastecos 
2014
Dieter Leipold, Intuition in der Arbeitswelt 
2014
Yves Carcelle, Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton 
2014
Bapu, Sri Rama Rajyam 
2014
Liza Laska, Dimri i fundit 
2014
Josef Hrncir, Giant Shoe-Factory 
2015
Barbara Brecht-Schall, Der Held der westlichen Welt 
2015
Cipe Lincovsky, The Girlfriend 
2015
Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Lord Montagu 
2015
Joy Beverley, Billy Wright 
2015
Marja Pensala, Elsa 
2015
Tom Scott, 1962 NFL Championship Game 
2016
Ice Road Truckers star Darrell Ward dies in plane crash aged 52 
2016
Czech Olympic champion gymnast Vera Caslavska dies aged 74 
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