The following is a list of notable world figures who died on January 31.

  1. 743 - Muhammad al-Baqir, Shia Imam (b. 676)
  2. 1398 - Emperor Suko of Japan (b. 1334)
  3. 1435 - Xuande, Emperor of China (b. 1398)
  4. 1561 - Bairam Khan, Great Mughal General, regent for Akbar
  5. 1561 - Menno Simons, Dutch Mennonite leader (b. 1496)
  6. 1580 - Henry of Portugal (b. 1512)
  7. 1606 - Guy Fawkes, Gunpowder Plot conspirators (b. 1570)
  8. 1606 - Ambrose Rokewood, Gunpowder Plot conspirators (c. 1578)
  9. 1606 - Thomas Wintour, Gunpowder Plot conspirators (b. 1571)
  10. 1615 - Claudio Aquaviva, Italian Jesuit (b. 1543)
  11. 1632 - Joost Bürgi, Swiss clockmaker and mathematician (b. 1552)
  12. 1665 - Johannes Clauberg, German theologian and philosopher (b. 1622)
  13. 1686 - Jean Mairet, French dramatist (b. 1604)
  14. 1720 - Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councilor (c. 1654)
  15. 1729 - Jakob Roggeveen, Dutch explorer (b. 1659)
  16. 1736 - Filippo Juvara, Italian architect (b. 1678)
  17. 1788 - Charles Edward Stuart, pretender to the British throne (b. 1720)
  18. 1790 - Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (b. 1718)
  19. 1794 - Marriott Arbuthnot, British admiral (b. 1711)
  20. 1815 - José Félix Ribas, Venezuelan independentist leader (b. 1775)
  21. 1844 - Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand, French general (b. 1773)
  22. 1851 - David Spangler Kaufman, American politician (b. 1813)
  23. 1888 - John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society (b. 1815)
  24. 1892 - Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist (b. 1834)
  25. 1907 - Timothy Eaton, Canadian department store founder (b. 1834)
  26. 1923 - Eligiusz Niewiadomski, assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (b. 1869)
  27. 1933 - John Galsworthy, English writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1867)
  28. 1944 - Jean Giraudoux, French writer (b. 1882)
  29. 1945 - Eddie Slovik, American soldier (b. 1920)
  30. 1955 - John Mott, American YMCA leader, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1865)
  31. 1956 - A. A. Milne, English author (b. 1882)
  32. 1966 - GeneralArthur Ernest Percival, British Army Officer(b. 1887)
  33. 1967 - Eddie Tolan, American athlete (b. 1908)
  34. 1970 - Slim Harpo, American singer (b. 1924)
  35. 1973 - Ragnar Anton Kittil Frisch, Norwegian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1895)
  36. 1974 - Samuel Goldwyn, Polish-born film studio executive (b. 1882)
  37. 1976 - Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (b. 1941)
  38. 1981 - Cozy Cole, American jazz drummer (b. 1909)
  39. 1990 - Rashad Khalifa, Egyptian-born imam (stabbed) (b. 1935)
  40. 1992 - Willie Dixon, American musician (b. 1915)
  41. 1995 - George Abbott, American stage director and producer (b. 1887)
  42. 1997 - John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  43. 1999 - Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  44. 2000 - Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  45. 2001 - Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
  46. 2004 - Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)
  47. 2006 - Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina (b. 1926)