July 31 Events in History - July 31 Birthdays - July 31 Deaths
2015 Zimbabwe seeks extradition of U.S. dentist Walter James Palmer, who killed a protected lion, Cecil, during a hunt; led by a local guide, Palmer believed that the hunt was properly licensed and fully legal
2014 U.S. President Barack Obama authorizes air strikes against Islamic State militants for situations in which the forces appear to threaten U.S. personnel; food drops were also carried out along the Syrian border to civilians trapped by the violence
2014 Tennis champion Serena Williams beats Karolina Pliskova in her first game since leaving the Wimbledon games on July 1st due to illness; Williams will undergo future medical tests to confirm whether the illness was caused by a virus
2013 U.S. Republicans unveil a series of bills designed to prevent government abuse, including the 'STOP IRS Act,' which would allow IRS employees to be fired when they take actions for political purposes
2013 The super PAC 'Ready for Hillary', has raised over $1 million since its inception this year; much of the money raised comes from mega-donors to President Barack Obama
2012 U.S. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps wins a record 19th Olympic medal, with gold in the 4x200metres freestyle relay
2012 Deutsche Bank, the German global financial services company, announces plans to cut 1,900 jobs
2011 The U.S. Senate fails to pass legislation lifting the debt ceiling; compromise talks continue
2011 A Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737 plane crashed and split in to at the Chaddi Jagan International Airport; no one was injured
2010 Floods in Pakistan kill over 900 people, and the death toll is expected to rise further
1997 A's trade Mark McGwire to St. Louis Cardinals07940601
1994 102.7 degrees F (39.3 degrees C) in Pleschen, East-Germany
1994 28th Curtis Cup: Draw, 9-9
1994 Arcen Limburg averages 71.6 degrees F (22.0 degrees C) in July: record
1994 Helen Alfredss wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship
1994 Netherlands averages 21.4 degrees C; their warmest July since 1783
1994 Phil Rizzuto (Yankees) and Steve Carlton enter the Hall of Fame
1994 Sergei Bubka ploe vaults his 35th world record (6.14 m)
1994 Stockholms avgs 21.5 degrees C; their warmest July since 1855
1994 U.N. votes 12-0 (2 abstentions) to authorize use of force against Haiti
1993 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Blue Jays
1993 Allman Bros guitarist Dickey Betts arrested for shoving 2 cops
1993 Inkatha-arm forces killed 49 ANC-followers in Johannesburg
1993 Prince Ronald "Ronnie" Mutebi crowned king of Uganda
1992 Jeff Rouse swims world record/OR 100m backstroke (53.86 sec)
1992 Kieren John Perkins swims world record/OR 1500m free style (14:43.4)
1992 Tamas Darnyi swims world record/Olympics 200m backstroke (1:59.36)
1992 Thai Airbus crashes into mountain at Kathmandu, 113 die
1992 Yang Wenyi swims world record/OR 50m freestyle (24.79 sec)
1991 Russia and U.S. sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact
1991 Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
1990 Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence
1990 Nolan Ryan becomes 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games
1989 Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to Mets
1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
1988 Jose Canseco is 1st to hit 30 home runs in 1st 3 years
1988 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers 27-21 in London
1988 Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame
1987 "Living Daylights" premieres in U.S.
1987 Battle between Iranian pilgrims and Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed
1987 Eddie Murray hits his 300th home run
1987 Guns and Roses song "Appetite for Destruction" is released
1987 Oriole Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs
1987 Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle
1984 Leeza Gibbon's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
1984 U.S. men's gymnastics team won team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics
1984 Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed
1983 38th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jan Stephenson
1983 B Robinson, J Marichal, G Kell, and W Alston inducted into Hall of Fame
1983 Dutch July avg temp is 20.1 degrees C; warmest July since 1852
1982 46 kids and 7 adults die as 2 buses and several cars collide in France
1982 Car/bus collision near Beaune, France, 53 die
1982 Finland, Italy, Germany, Austria and France form American European Football Federation (AEFF)
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test
1981 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
1981 Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of National Bar Association
1980 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges
1980 Rangers snap Orioles pitcher Steve Stone's 14-game winning streak
1980 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
1980 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear Test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1979 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater New York City for 7 performances
1978 Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
1978 New York Yankees now 7 out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks
1978 Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44
1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Pocono Northeast Golf Classic
1977 E Henry Knoche, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1977 John F. Blake promoted from acting to deputy director of CIA
1976 Seychelles Independence, Independence day
1976 Waldemar Cierpinski runs Olympic marathon (2:09:55.0)
1973 ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to New York Nets
1973 Delta Airlines DC-9 crashes in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, killing all but one of 89 aboard. Lone survivor dies 6 months later
1973 Frank Hayes scores 106 on Test Cricket debut vs. WI as England lose
1972 Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
1972 Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic Vice Presidential candidate
1971 Apollo 15 astronauts take 6 hour electric car ride on Moon
1971 Deventer Soccer team Go Ahead Eagles forms
1970 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
1970 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends "Huntley-Brinkley Report"
1969 KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting
1969 Mariner 6 flies past Mars
1969 National Guard mobilizes in racial disturbances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1968 Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving clothes away for free
1967 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence
1966 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
1966 Charles Whitman wounds 46 and kills 5 at University of Texas
1965 Cigarette Ads banned on British TV
1964 Al Parker glides 644 miles without any motor
1964 George Lascelles marries Patricia Tuckwell
1964 Rolling Stone concert in Ireland halts after 12 minutes due to riot
1964 U.S. Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon
1963 Arturo Illia elected president of Argentina
1963 Cleveland ties record of 4 consecutive home runs (Held, Ramos, Francona, Brown)
1963 Indians' Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, and Larry Brown hit consecutive home runs in one inning (vs California Angels)
1962 Federation of Malaysia forms
1962 Statham is Test crickets' leading wkt-taker (229), beating Lindwall
1961 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
1961 Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant
1960 Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state
1960 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast
1960 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
1959 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
1958 Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
1956 Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for match
1955 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Battle Creek Golf Open
1955 KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, IA (CBS) 1st broadcast
1955 WHIS (now WVVA) TV channel 6 in Bluefield, WV (NBC) 1st broadcast
1954 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 home runs, 1 double)
1953 Department of Health, Education and Welfare created
1949 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Florida, kills SS and 3rd baseman
1948 "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 581 performances
1948 President Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (Kennedy Airport), New York
1944 Last deportation train out Mechelen departs to Auschwitz
1944 Transport nr 77 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1944 U.S. troops occupy Sansapor New-Guinea
1943 Transport nr 58 departs with French Jews to nazi Germany
1942 German SS gases 1,000 Jews in Minsk, Belorussia
1942 U boats sank 96 allied ships this month: 476,000 ton
1941 U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton
1940 38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
1940 Riech's commissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals
1938 New York Yankees suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he'd "hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club"
1937 Politburo enables Operative Order 00447: execute 193,000 Russians
1936 Tokyo, Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics, later cancelled
1935 3rd Dutch government of Colijn sworn in
1934 29th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats USA in Wimbledon (4-1)
1934 St. Louis Cardinals defeat Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 18 innings, pitchers Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitos go the distant
1932 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
1932 Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens-Philadelphia A's beat Indians 1-0
1932 George Washington quarter goes into circulation
1932 German Election (NSDAP gets 37.3%)
1930 Lou Gehrig grand slams as Yankees beat Red Sox 14-13
1929 Aristide Briand becomes premier of France
1925 Last allied occupying troops leave Ruhrgebied
1925 Unemployment Insurance Act passed in England
1923 Belgian Chamber discusses bilinguality at Ghent University
1922 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world's 1st water skis (Minn)
1922 Italy's general strike against fascist violence
1919 Germany accepts Weimar Constitution
1917 3rd battle of Ypres begins
1914 German Emperor Wilhelm II threatens war, orders Russia to demobilize
1914 Oil discovered in Lake of Maracaibo
1912 RBC soccer team forms in Roosendaal
1912 U.S. government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights
1911 Hungarian education is only taught in German
1910 Chicago Cub King Cole no-hits St. Louis, 4-0 in a 7 inning game
1910 Clement van Maasdijk gives flying demonstration
1909 Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
1905 Matumbi rebellion at Samanga German East Africa
1901 Abraham Kuyper becomes premier of Netherlands
1900 Boer Generals Prinsloo and Roux surrenders in Brandwater Basin
1899 Albert Trott hits Monty Noble over the Pavilion at Lord's
1893 Henry Perky patents shredded wheat
1876 U.S. Coast Guard officers' training school established New Bedford, Massachusetts
1874 Patrick Francis Healy, SJ, inaugurated as President of Georgetown U
1864 Ulysses S. Grant is named General of Volunteers
1861 9,300 mm rainfall in July in Cherrapunji, Assam: world record
1855 Hottest July in Stockholm since at least 1756 (21.4 degrees C avg)
1852 Hottest July in Netherlands since at least 1783 (68.4 degrees F (20.2 degrees C) avg)
1849 Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon
1830 Charles X of France resigns by force
1813 British invade Plattsburgh, New York
1809 1st practical U.S. railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars), Philadelphia
1794 All Jacobijnse clubs together in Haarlem
1792 Cornerstone laid for 1st U.S. government building: U.S. Mint in Philadelphia
1790 1st U.S. patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
1777 Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army
1774 Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen
1751 Fire in Stockholm destroys 1,000 houses
1737 Prince Frederick of Wales escapes English court
1718 Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish
1667 Peace of Breda: 2nd English war-Suriname vs New-Netherlands ends
1664 Pierre Corneille's "Othon," premieres in Paris
1658 Aurangzeb appoints himself Mongol emperor
1653 Fronde-leaders surrender in Bordeaux
1620 Pilgrim Fathers depart (through England) to America
1588 English fleet beats Spanish Armada
1498 Christopher Columbus discovers island of Trinidad
1291 Egyptian Mamelukken occupies Akko, crusaders driven out of Palestine
904 Saraceens hijacker Leo van Tripoli occupies and plunders Thessalonica
768 [Philip] begins and ends his reign as Catholic Pope
432 St. Sixtus III begins his reign as Catholic Pope