Wikipedia – Tracking notable deaths in July

So far I have looked at the numbers for notable deaths on Wikipedia for each month in the first half of the year. Now, it is time to look at the numbers for July. Overall, the month saw a total of 538 notable deaths. However, for all the numbers below it will only count 531 of these.

Those not counted and why

Animal: Naturalism – New Zealand-bred racehorse (age 29), Honour and Glory – American racehorse (age 25)

No age given: Pierre-Ernest Abandzounou – Congolese politician, Ange-Marie Filippi-Codaccioni – French historian and politician, Mick Langley – British snooker player and 1986 Paralympic Champion, Ikramullah Gandapur – Pakistan politician, Chrysa Spiliotis – Greek actress and playwright

Deaths per day for July

The 25th and the 29th saw the most deaths with 26, while the 15th had the least with only nine. On average each day in July saw 17.12 notable deaths. Nine days (29.03%) in the month saw more than 20 deaths. 21 days (67.74%) saw less than 20 deaths, while one day (3.22%) saw under 10.

Number of notable deaths per day on Wikipedia for July 2018

The average age of those who died 

The average age of the 531 notable people who died in July is 76.87 years old. July 12th saw the highest average age of death at 83.44 years old. In contrast, July 15th saw the lowest average age of death at only 66.66 years old. July had three days where the average age of death was under 70, whereas the first sixth months of the year had one such day.

The average age of death for notable people each day (from Wikipedia, July 2018)

The oldest and youngest person(s) to pass this month

Mien Schopman-Klaver (age 107) was a Dutch Olympic athlete. She served as a reserve for the Netherlands’ 4×100 meters relay team at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Schopman-Klaver was reported as being the oldest living former Olympian as part of an interview she did with de Volkskrant, a Dutch daily morning newspaper in July 2016.

Ellie Soutter (age 18) was a British snowboarder, who started to compete in international events in 2016. She was a member of the inaugural British Europa Cup snowboard cross program, which started in 2018. In 2017 at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival Soutter won Great Britain’s only medal, earning bronze in the snowboard cross event.  She also had the honor of serving as the team’s flagbearer at the event’s closing ceremony.

Soutter was also on the shortlist for the 2017 Evie Pinching Award, given out yearly by the Ski Club of Great Britain to young snowsports athletes. On her 18th birthday, Soutter committed suicide which her father cited was due to a combination of mental health and the pressures of being a world-class athlete. Soutter’s family has since set up a fundraiser in her honor to help give financial support to youth athletes competing in winter sports. 

Age difference between the youngest and oldest deaths each day on Wikipedia (July, 2018)

Of the 31 days in July, 21* of them saw the most notable people dying to be between the ages of 80-89. Overall, 35.96% of deaths in the month were from people in this age range.

60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99
Days with most deaths* 4 9 21 3
Percentage of days in the month
12.90% 29.03% 67.74% 9.67%

*Includes ties. Example: On July 7th six people between 80-89 and 90-99 died.

Number of deaths by age range (Wikipedia, July 2018)

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All charts and tables made using Google Spreadsheets