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
Attempted usurpation of John Komnenos the Fat.
The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.
The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
The Balkan States signs an armistice at Bucharest.
The radio mystery program The Shadow airs for the first time.
A doodlebug train in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio collides with a multi-car freight train heading in the opposite direction, killing 43 people.
Pierre Laval, the fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrenders to Allied soldiers in Austria.
A rare, class F4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.
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?
Peter Rosegger, Austrian poet (d. 1918)
Irv Kupcinet, American newspaper columnist (d. 2003)
Richard Griffiths, British actor
Lane Davies, American actor
Jimmy Cook, South African cricketer
Tatsuya Ishihara, Japanese anime director
Giorgos Sigalas, Greek basketball player
Randy Flores, American baseball player
Nick Sorensen, American football player
Evgeni Malkin, Russian ice hockey player
Who died on July 31?
Ignatius Loyola, Spanish priest and founder of the Jesuits (b. 1491)
Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
King John V of Portugal (b. 1689)
Emperor Kien Phuc, the 7th emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty (d. 1869)
Hedley Verity, English Test cricketer (b. 1905)
Bud Powell, American jazz pianist (b. 1924)
Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist (b. 1912)
Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)
Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
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