What happened this day in history July 31

What are the important events that happened on July 31? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 31: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 31 is the 213rd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 153 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 18, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 443,376 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadecatrigon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 196 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,779 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 31 Historical Events

  • 1201
    Attempted usurpation of John Komnenos the Fat.
  • 1588
    The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.
  • 1865
    The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
  • 1913
    The Balkan States signs an armistice at Bucharest.
  • 1930
    The radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the first time.
  • 1940
    A doodlebug train in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio collides with a multi-car freight train heading in the opposite direction, killing 43 people.
  • 1945
    Pierre Laval, the fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrenders to Allied soldiers in Austria.
  • 1987
    A rare, class F4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
  • 1988
    32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.
  • 1991
    The Medininkai Massacre in Lithuania. Soviet OMON attacks Lithuanian customs post in Medininkai, killing 7 officers and severely wounding one other.

Who were born on July 31?

  • 1843
    Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet (d. 1918)
  • 1912
    Irv Kupcinet, American newspaper columnist (d. 2003)
  • 1947
    Richard Griffiths, British actor
  • 1950
    Lane Davies, American actor
  • 1953
    Jimmy Cook, South African cricketer
  • 1966
    Tatsuya Ishihara, Japanese anime director
  • 1970
    Giorgos Sigalas, Greek basketball player
  • 1975
    Randy Flores, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Nick Sorensen, American football player
  • 1986
    Evgeni Malkin, Russian ice hockey player

Who died on July 31?

  • 1556
    Ignatius Loyola, Spanish priest and founder of the Jesuits (b. 1491)
  • 1726
    Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
  • 1750
    King John V of Portugal (b. 1689)
  • 1884
    Emperor Kien Phuc, the 7th emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty (d. 1869)
  • 1943
    Hedley Verity, English Test cricketer (b. 1905)
  • 1966
    Bud Powell, American jazz pianist (b. 1924)
  • 1986
    Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist (b. 1912)
  • 1990
    Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 2003
    Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)
  • 2009
    Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)

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