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

  • 1009
    Pope Sergius IV becomes the 142nd pope, succeeding Pope John XVIII.
  • 1423
    Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Cravant – the French army is defeated at Cravant on the banks of the river Yonne.
  • 1498
    On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
  • 1655
    Russo-Polish War (1654-1667): the Russian army enters the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vilnius, which it holds for six years.
  • 1945
    Pierre Laval, the fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrenders to Allied soldiers in Austria.
  • 1956
    Jim Laker becomes the first man to take all 10 wickets in a Test match innings as he returns figures of 10/53 in the Australian 2nd innings. This combined with his 9/37 in the first innings gave him match figures of 19/90 in the 4th Test at Old Trafford.
  • 1971
    Apollo program: Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover.
  • 1972
    Operation Motorman: British troops move into the no-go areas of Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland. End of Free Derry.
  • 2002
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem is attacked when a bomb explodes in a cafeteria, killing 9.
  • 2007
    Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.

Who were born on July 31?

  • 1835
    Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (d. 1903)
  • 1892
    Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author and publisher (d. 1986)
  • 1943
    Lobo, American singer and songwriter
  • 1945
    William Weld, 68th Governor of Massachusetts
  • 1956
    Deval Patrick, American politician, 71st governor of Massachusetts
  • 1956
    Michael Biehn, American actor
  • 1965
    Julian Richards, British film director
  • 1979
    B. J. Novak, American actor
  • 1979
    Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer
  • 1997
    Barbie Forteza, Filipina child actress

Who died on July 31?

  • 1864
    Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (b. 1800)
  • 1875
    Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States (b. 1808)
  • 1886
    Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer (b. 1811)
  • 1917
    Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • 1944
    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French pilot and writer (b. 1900)
  • 1972
    Paul-Henri Spaak, Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1899)
  • 1981
    General Omar Torrijos of Panama (b. 1929).
  • 1987
    Joseph E. Levine, American film producer (b, 1905)
  • 1993
    King Baudouin I of Belgium (b. 1930)
  • 2005
    Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)

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