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

  1. 1246 - Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John of England
  2. 1349 - Thomas Wake, English politician (b. 1297)
  3. 1408 - Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1358)
  4. 1410 - King Martin I of Aragon (b. 1356)
  5. 1495 - Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England, (b. 1415)
  6. 1558 - Philip Hoby, English politician (b. 1505)
  7. 1594 - Tintoretto, Italian painter (b. 1518)
  8. 1680 - Joachim Neander, German clergyman (b. 1650)
  9. 1740 - King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia (b. 1688)
  10. 1747 - Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
  11. 1799 - Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)
  12. 1809 - Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (b. 1732)
  13. 1809 - Jean Lannes, French marshal (b. 1769)
  14. 1831 - Samuel Bentham, British mechanical engineer (b. 1757)
  15. 1832 - Évariste Galois, French mathematician (b. 1811)
  16. 1837 - Joseph Grimaldi, British clown (b. 1779)
  17. 1846 - Philip Marheineke, German clergyman (b. 1780)
  18. 1847 - Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor (b. 1780)
  19. 1848 - Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805)
  20. 1908 - Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839)
  21. 1910 - Elizabeth Blackwell, American physician (b. 1821)
  22. 1957 - Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878)
  23. 1960 - Walther Funk, Nazi leader (b. 1890)
  24. 1960 - Willem Elsschot, Flemish writer (b. 1882)
  25. 1961 - Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)
  26. 1970 - Terry Sawchuk, hockey player (b. 1929)
  27. 1976 - Jacques Monod, French biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
  28. 1977 - William Castle, American director (b. 1914)
  29. 1978 - József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  30. 1983 - Jack Dempsey, American boxer (b. 1895)
  31. 1986 - Jane Frank (Jane Schenthal Frank), American artist (b. 1918)
  32. 1986 - James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  33. 1987 - John Abraham (Director), Indian film director
  34. 1996 - Timothy Leary, American professor (b. 1920)
  35. 1997 - James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
  36. 2000 - Tito Puente, American musician (b. 1923)
  37. 2000 - Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938)
  38. 2004 - Robert Quine, American guitarist (b. 1941)
  39. 2006 - Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  40. 2006 - Ryan Bennett, broadcast commentator (b. 1970)