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On July 31 in history ..

  • 0432 - St Sixtus III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0768 - [Philip] begins & ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 0904 - Saraceens hijacker Leo van Tripoli occupies & plunders Thessalonica
  • 1291 - Egyptian Mamelukken occupies Akko, crusaders driven out of Palestine
  • 1498 - Christopher Columbus discovers island of Trinidad
  • 1588 - English fleet beats Spanish Armada
  • 1620 - Pilgrim Fathers depart (through England) to America
  • 1653 - Fronde-leaders surrender in Bordeaux
  • 1658 - Aurangzeb appoints himself Mongol emperor
  • 1664 - Pierre Corneille's "Othon," premieres in Paris
  • 1667 - Peace of Breda: 2nd English war-Suriname vs New-Netherlands ends
  • 1718 - Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish
  • 1737 - Prince Frederick of Wales escapes English court
  • 1751 - Fire in Stockholm destroys 1,000 houses
  • 1771 - Paul Potters "Great ossendrift" sold for ƒ9050 in Amsterdam
  • 1774 - Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen
  • 1777 - Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army
  • 1790 - 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process
  • 1792 - Cornerstone laid for 1st US govt building: US Mint in Phila
  • 1794 - All Jacobijnse clubs together in Haarlem
  • 1809 - 1st practical US railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars), Phila
  • 1813 - British invade Plattsburgh NY
  • 1830 - Charles X of France resigns by force
  • 1849 - Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon
  • 1852 - Hottest July in Netherlands since at least 1783 (68.4°F (20.2°C) avg)
  • 1855 - Hottest July in Stockholm since at least 1756 (21.4°C avg)
  • 1861 - 9,300 mm rainfall in July in Cherrapunji, Assam: world record
  • 1864 - Ulysses S Grant is named General of Volunteers
  • 1874 - Patrick Francis Healy, SJ, inaugurated as pres of Georgetown U
  • 1876 - US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford MA)
  • 1893 - Henry Perky patents shredded wheat
  • 1899 - Albert Trott hits Monty Noble over the Pavilion at Lord's
  • 1900 - Boer Generals Prinsloo & Roux surrenders in Brandwater Basin
  • 1901 - Abraham Kuyper becomes premier of Netherlands
  • 1905 - Matumbi rebellion at Samanga German East Africa
  • 1909 - Bill Burns has no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • 1910 - Chic Cub King Cole no-hits St Louis, 4-0 in a 7 inning game
  • 1910 - Clement van Maasdijk gives flying demonstration
  • 1911 - Hungarian education is only taught in German
  • 1912 - RBC soccer team forms in Roosendaal
  • 1912 - US govt prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship)
  • 1914 - German Emperor Wilhelm II threatens war, orders Russia to demobilize
  • 1914 - Oil discovered in Lake of Maracaibo
  • 1917 - 3rd battle of Ypres begins
  • 1919 - Germany accepts Weimar Constitution
  • 1922 - 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world's 1st water skis (Minn)
  • 1922 - Italy's general strike against fascist violence
  • 1923 - Belgian Chamber discusses bilinguality at Ghent University
  • 1925 - Last allied occupying troops leave Ruhrgebied
  • 1925 - Unemployment Insurance Act passed in England
  • 1929 - Aristide Briand becomes premier of France
  • 1930 - Lou Gehrig grand slams as Yanks beat Red Sox 14-13
  • 1932 - 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • 1932 - Cleveland Municipal Stadium opens-Phila A's beat Indians 1-0
  • 1932 - George Washington quarter goes into circulation
  • 1932 - German Election (NSDAP gets 37.3%)
  • 1934 - 29th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats USA in Wimbledon (4-1)
  • 1934 - St Louis Cards defeat Cin Reds 8-6 in 18 innings, pitchers Dizzy Dean & Tony Freitos go the distant
  • 1935 - 3rd Dutch govt of Colijn sworn in
  • 1936 - Tokyo Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics (later cancelled)
  • 1937 - Politburo enables Operative Order 00447: execute 193,000 Russians
  • 1938 - NY Yanks suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he'd "hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club"
  • 1940 - 38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)
  • 1940 - Riech's commissar Seyss-Inquart bans homosexuals
  • 1941 - U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton
  • 1942 - German SS gases 1,000 Jews in Minsk, Belorussia
  • 1942 - U boats sank 96 allied ships this month: 476,000 ton
  • 1943 - Transport nr 58 departs with French Jews to nazi Germany
  • 1944 - Last deportation train out Mechelen departs to Auschwitz
  • 1944 - Transport nr 77 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • 1944 - US troops occupy Sansapor New-Guinea
  • 1948 - "Brigadoon" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances
  • 1948 - Pres Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (Kennedy Airport), NY
  • 1949 - Lightning strikes a baseball field in Fla, kills SS & 3rd baseman
  • 1953 - Dept of Health, Education & Welfare created
  • 1954 - Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • 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
  • 1956 - Laker takes 10-53 in Australia's 2nd innings, 19-90 for match
  • 1958 - Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
  • 1959 - 1st exhibit of bongos at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo opens
  • 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
  • 1961 - 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston
  • 1961 - Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant
  • 1962 - Federation of Malaysia forms
  • 1962 - Statham is Test crickets' leading wkt-taker (229), beating Lindwall
  • 1963 - Arturo Illia elected president of Argentina
  • 1963 - Cleve ties record of 4 consecutive HRS (Held, Ramos, Francona, Brown)
  • 1963 - Indians' Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, & Larry Brown hit consecutive home runs in one inning (vs California Angels)
  • 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 - US Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon
  • 1965 - Cigarette Ads banned on British TV
  • 1966 - Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
  • 1966 - Charles Whitman wounds 46 & kills 5 at University of Texas
  • 1967 - Rolling Stone Mick Jagger & Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence
  • 1968 - Beatles close Apple Boutique, giving clothes away for free
  • 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, La
  • 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"
  • 1971 - Apollo 15 astronauts take 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon
  • 1971 - Deventer Soccer team Go Ahead Eagles forms
  • 1972 - Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
  • 1972 - Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate
  • 1973 - ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to NY 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 v WI as England lose
  • 1976 - Seychelles Independence (Independence day)
  • 1976 - Waldemar Cierpinski runs Olympic marathon (2:09:55.0)
  • 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
  • 1978 - Gunman shoots his way into Iraqi Embassy in Paris
  • 1978 - NY Yanks now 7½ out of 1st, picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks
  • 1978 - Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44
  • 1979 - "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 1980 - John Phillips of Mamas & 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 - USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 - 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • 1981 - Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of Natl Bar Assn
  • 1982 - 46 kids & 7 adults die as 2 buses & several cars collide in France
  • 1982 - Car/bus collision near Beaune, France, 53 die
  • 1982 - Finland, Italy, Germany, Austria & France form American European Football Federation (AEFF)
  • 1982 - USSR performs nuclear Test
  • 1983 - 38th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jan Stephenson
  • 1983 - B Robinson, J Marichal, G Kell, & W Alston inducted into Hall of Fame
  • 1983 - Dutch July avg temp is 20.1°C; warmest July since 1852
  • 1984 - Leeza Gibbon's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • 1984 - US men's gymnastics team won team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics
  • 1984 - Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed
  • 1987 - "Living Daylights" premieres in US
  • 1987 - Battle between Iranian pilgrims & Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed
  • 1987 - Eddie Murray hits his 300th HR
  • 1987 - Guns & Roses song "Appetite for Destruction" is released
  • 1987 - Oriole Eddie Murray hits his 299th & 300th career home runs
  • 1987 - Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle
  • 1988 - Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • 1988 - Jose Canseco is 1st to hit 30 HRs in 1st 3 years
  • 1988 - Last Playboy club closes (Lansing Michigan)
  • 1988 - Miami Dolphins beat SF 49ers 27-21 in London
  • 1988 - Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1989 - Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to Mets
  • 1990 - Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence
  • 1990 - Nolan Ryan becomes 20th major league pitcher to win 300 games
  • 1991 - Russia & US sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact
  • 1991 - Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
  • 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 - Tamás 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)
  • 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
  • 1994 - 102.7°F (39.3°C) in Pleschen, East-Germany
  • 1994 - 28th Curtis Cup: Draw, 9-9
  • 1994 - Arcen Limburg averages 71.6°F (22.0°C) in July: record
  • 1994 - Helen Alfredss wins LPGA Ping Welch's Golf Championship
  • 1994 - Neth averages 21.4°C; their warmest July since 1783
  • 1994 - Phil Rizzuto (Yanks) & Steve Carlton (Phils) enter the Hall of Fame
  • 1994 - Sergei Bubka ploe vaults his 35th world record (6.14 m)
  • 1994 - Stockholms avgs 21.5°C; their warmest July since 1855
  • 1994 - UN votes 12-0 (2 abstentions) to authorize use of force against Haiti
  • 1997 - A's trade Mark McGwire to St Louis Cards

Famous birthdays on July 31 ..

  • 1396 - Philips, the Good, Duke of Burgundy//Brabant/Limburg/count
  • 1443 - Albrecht III of Saxon-Meisen, duke of Saxon
  • 1527 - Maximilian II, German King/Emperor (1564-76)
  • 1550 - Jakob Handl, [Petelin], Austrian composer/bandmaster
  • 1578 - Catharina Belgica of Nassau, daughter of Willem of Orange
  • 1597 - Sebastian Stosskopf, Elzassisch painter, baptized
  • 1617 - Nicolás Antonio, Spanish scholar (Censura de historias fabulosas)
  • 1629 - Johann Jakob Lowe von Eisenach, composer
  • 1654 - Jacob Hop, Dutch politician/diplomat
  • 1704 - Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer)
  • 1743 - August R van Hekeren van Suideras, Dutch orangist
  • 1748 - Isaac Ouwater, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist
  • 1767 - Amelie Julia Candielle, composer
  • 1803 - John Ericsson, US, inventor (screw propeller)/shipbuilder-USS Monitor
  • 1808 - Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer
  • 1816 - George Henry Thomas, Major General (Union Army), died in 1870
  • 1817 - Philip Cook Jr, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1894
  • 1818 - Heinrich Kiepert, German cartographer/geographer
  • 1825 - Thomas Hart Taylor, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1901
  • 1828 - François Auguste Gevaert, Belgian composer (Le diable au moulin)
  • 1830 - Frantisek Zdenek Xavier Alois Skuhersky, composer
  • 1834 - Peter H Hugenholtz, Dutch reformer/founder (Free Parish)
  • 1837 - William Clarke Quantrill, Col (Confederate Army), died in 1865
  • 1841 - George Melville, polar explorer, naval engineer
  • 1844 - Ignazio Guidi, Italian orientalist/archaeologist
  • 1847 - Ignatio Cervantes, composer
  • 1848 - Jean Robert Planquette, France, composer (Bells of Corneville)
  • 1854 - José Canalejas contributes Mendez, premier of Spain (1910-12)
  • 1875 - Harry Northrup, Paris France, actor (Who's That Knocking at My Door)
  • 1882 - Grete Gulbransson, writer
  • 1884 - Karl F Goerdeler, mayor (Leipzig), "July 20th Plot"
  • 1886 - Constant Permeke, Flemish painter/statues artist (Sow)
  • 1889 - Donald Foster, PA, actor (Scaramouche)
  • 1893 - Charles Wilfred Orr, composer
  • 1894 - Roy Bargy, Mich, orch leader (Jimmy Durante Show)
  • 1900 - Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll)
  • 1900 - Erich Katz, composer
  • 1901 - Jean Debuffet, French painter/sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages)
  • 1902 - G O "Gubby" Allen, cricketer (in Sydney England non-bodyline quickie)
  • 1904 - Arthur Daley, sportswriter (NY Times-Pulitzer 1956)
  • 1905 - Trenchard Cox, museum director
  • 1911 - George Liberace, Menasha Wisc, violinist (Liberace Show)
  • 1912 - Bill Brown, cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's)
  • 1912 - Irv Kupcinet, Chicago Ill, TV host (Tonight! America After Dark)
  • 1912 - Milton Friedman, economist (Nobel 1976)
  • 1913 - Bryan Hextall, NHL hall of famer (NY Rangers)
  • 1914 - Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker
  • 1914 - Louis De Funes, Courbevoie France, actor (I Tartassati, Fantomas)
  • 1915 - Robert Steel, academic
  • 1916 - Sydney Tafler, London England, actor (Too Many Crooks)
  • 1916 - Verdun Scott, NZ cricketer/rugby player
  • 1919 - Curt Gowdy, Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)
  • 1919 - Hemu Ramchandra Adhikari, cricketer (Indian righty batsman 1947-59)
  • 1919 - Norman Del Mar, composer
  • 1919 - Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Aushchwitz)
  • 1920 - Rudolf Halaczinsky, composer
  • 1921 - Whitney M Young Jr, civil rights leader, head of Urban League
  • 1922 - Lucy Killea, (assemblywoman-Calif)
  • 1923 - Ahmet Ertegun, CEO (Atlantic Records)
  • 1927 - Walter Vogt, writer
  • 1928 - Bill Frenzel, (Rep-R-MN, 1971- )
  • 1929 - Don Murray, Calif, actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love)
  • 1929 - Oriana Fallaci, Italian journalist
  • 1932 - Morey Carr, rocker (Playmates)
  • 1932 - Robert W Davis, (Rep-R-MI, 1979- )
  • 1932 - Ted Cassidy, Pittsburgh PA, actor (Lurch-Addams Family)
  • 1935 - Geoffrey Lewis, Plainsfield NJ, actor (Earl-Flo, Gun Shy)
  • 1936 - Bonnie Brown, rocker (Browns)
  • 1937 - Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-56)
  • 1939 - France Nuyen, Marseilles France, actress (St Elsewhere, Diamond Head)
  • 1939 - John R West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • 1939 - Roger Prideaux, cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69)
  • 1940 - Stanley Jaffe, producer (Fatal Attraction)
  • 1943 - Carla Glasgow, LPGA golfer
  • 1943 - Lobo, [Kent Lavoie], rocker
  • 1943 - Stephanie Forrester (Bold & the Beautiful)
  • 1943 - Susan Flannery, NYC, actress (Leslie Stewart-Dallas)
  • 1943 - William Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)/drug tsar
  • 1944 - Geraldine Chaplin, Santa Monica Ca, actress (Dr Zhivago, 3 Musketeers)
  • 1944 - Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground, Venus in Furs)
  • 1944 - Sherry Lansing, Chicago Ill, actress (China Syndrome, Black Rain)
  • 1945 - Tomas Vackar, composer
  • 1945 - William Floyd Weld, (Gov-R-Mass)
  • 1946 - Bob Welch, rock vocalist/guitarist (Fleetwood Mac-Oh Well)
  • 1946 - Gary Lewis, Jerry's son, singer, (& The Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • 1947 - Dennis Greenslade, rocker
  • 1947 - Karl Greene, Manchester, rock bassist, (Herman's Hermits)
  • 1948 - Leaveil Degree, rocker (Whispers)
  • 1950 - Lane Davies, actor (Mason-Santa Barbara, Impure Thoughts)
  • 1951 - Barry Van Dyke, Atlanta Ga, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder)
  • 1951 - Evonne Goolagong Cawley, NSW Aust, tennis player (Wimbledon 1971)
  • 1951 - Gerald Anthony, actor (Marco Dane-General Hospital, One Life to Live)
  • 1952 - Pritawi Sudarmo, Indonesia, astronaut
  • 1953 - Hugh McDowell, chelloist (ELO-Telephone Line)
  • 1953 - Jimmy Cook, cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992)
  • 1956 - Michael Biehn, actor (Terminator, Abyss, Jade)
  • 1957 - Dirk Blocker, LA Calif, actor (Baa Baa Black Sheep, Ryan's Four)
  • 1957 - Irina Nazariva, USSR, 4 X 400m relay (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1957 - Victoria E Cooke, Hollywood Ca, playmate (Aug, 1980)
  • 1958 - Bill Berry, US pop drummer (REM-Sentimental Hygiene)
  • 1958 - Wallace Kurth, actor (Days of Our Lives, Ned/Ed-General Hospital)
  • 1959 - Mike Bielecki, Baltimore MD, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1959 - Peter Senior, Singapore, Australasia golfer
  • 1960 - Dale Hunter, Petrolia, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1960 - lva Budarova, Czechostovakia, tennis star
  • 1961 - Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minn Vikings)
  • 1961 - Susan Sanders, LPGA golfer
  • 1962 - Kevin Greene, NFL linebacker (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1962 - Kym Malin, Dallas Tx, playmate (May, 1982)
  • 1962 - Rhonda Reilly, Indianapolis IN, LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile-48th)
  • 1962 - Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1962 - Troy Murray, Calgary, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 1962 - Wesley Snipes, Bronx NY, actor (Passenger 57, Money Train)
  • 1963 - Brian Skrudland, Peace River, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1963 - Norman Cook, rocker (Housemartins-Happy Hour, Over There)
  • 1965 - Scott Brooks, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1965 - Tom Stankowski, Paris France, Nike golfer
  • 1966 - Dean Cain, Mt Clemens Michigan, actor (Clark-Lois & Clark)
  • 1966 - Julie Forbes, Torphins Scotland, golfer (Aberdeenshire champ 1989)
  • 1966 - Marina V A Mowatt, [Ogilvy], daughter of English princess Alexandra
  • 1966 - Tylin John, Encino CA, playmate (Mar, 1992)
  • 1967 - Elizabeth Wurtzel, NYC, actress (Prozac Nation)
  • 1967 - Rodney Harvey, actor (Salsa)
  • 1967 - Sean O'Neill, Toledo OH, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • 1967 - Tony Massenburg, NBA forward (Phila 76ers)
  • 1968 - Andre Ware, CFL quarterback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1968 - David Bradley Stockton Jr, Redlands CA, PGA golfer (1994 Canon-3rd)
  • 1968 - Saeed Al-Saffar, cricketer (UAE batsman 1996 World Cup, later captain)
  • 1969 - Langa Sibanda, Miss Universe-Zimbabwe (1996)
  • 1969 - Loren Dean, Las Vegas NV, actor (Billy Bathgate, Say Anything)
  • 1969 - Richard Griffith, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 - Rudolf Martin, Germany, actor (Anton-All My Children)
  • 1970 - David Sacco, Malden MA, NHL left wing (Oly-94, Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1970 - Knut Holmann, Norway, rower (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1971 - Gus Frerotte, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 - Antonio Langham, NFL cornerback (Cleve Browns)
  • 1972 - Jason Gildon, NFL linebacker (Pitts Steelers)
  • 1972 - Ray McElroy, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 - Tami Stronach, Teheran Iran, actress (Neverending Story)
  • 1973 - Jerry Rivera, Puerto Rico, spanish singer
  • 1975 - Sergei Gusev, Nizhny Tagil Rus, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)

Famous deaths on July 31 ..

  • 1358 - Etienne Marcel, French textile merchant/reformer/Boer leader, dies
  • 1556 - Ignatius Loyola, Spanish founder (Jesuit), dies at about 65
  • 1556 - St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of Society of Jesus, dies in Rome
  • 1566 - Bartholomé de Casas, Spanish historian/bishop of Chiapa, dies at 92
  • 1648 - Benedictus J van Haeften, poet (Regia thru Crucis), dies at about 60
  • 1693 - Willem Calf, Rotterdams still life painter, dies at 73
  • 1750 - Johan V, King of Portugal, dies
  • 1763 - James Kent, Fredericksburgh NY, legal scholar (Columbia), dies
  • 1784 - Denis Diderot, French writer/philosopher (Jacques le fataliste), dies
  • 1790 - Johann Christian Frischmuth, composer, dies at 48
  • 1795 - José B da Gama, Portuguese poet (East Uraguay), dies at 54
  • 1811 - Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Mexican hero priest, executed by Spanish
  • 1864 - Louis Hachette, French publisher, dies at 64
  • 1875 - Andrew Johnson, 17th pres, dies in Tennessee at 66
  • 1886 - Franz von Liszt, [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies at 74
  • 1891 - Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French/Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • 1911 - Jack Edwards, cricketer (1888 Ashes tourist), dies
  • 1914 - A J Jean Jaurès, French socialist (L'Humanité/Les Preuves), murdered=
  • 1917 - Charlie Finlason, cricketer (S Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • 1919 - R G Barlow, cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies
  • 1932 - Francesco Paolo Neglia, composer, dies at 58
  • 1940 - Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murderrd by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • 1942 - Francis E Younghusband, British journalist/explorer, dies at 79
  • 1943 - Hedley Verity, cricketer (144 wickets in 40 Tests), dies in POW camp
  • 1944 - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Fr pilot/writer (Small Prince), dies at 44
  • 1948 - Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
  • 1951 - J of Oudshoorn, [John K Feylbrief], writer (Maze of Sentences), dies
  • 1952 - N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (S African slow lefty 1947-51), dies
  • 1953 - Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) "Mr Republican", dies in NY at 63
  • 1960 - Karl Hasse, composer, dies at 77
  • 1964 - Jim Reeves, US country singer, dies in air crash at 39
  • 1965 - James Rennie, actor (Wilson, Skylark, Illicit), dies at 75
  • 1966 - Alex E von Falkenhausen, German general, dies at 87
  • 1967 - Mario Varvoglis, composer, dies at 81
  • 1967 - Richard Kuhn, German chemist, dies
  • 1968 - Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • 1972 - Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • 1977 - Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • 1978 - Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • 1978 - Enoch Light, orch leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • 1979 - Beatrix Lehmann, actress (Psyche '59, Rat, Staircase), dies at 76
  • 1980 - Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1981 - Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • 1984 - Bill Raisch, one armed actor (Fred Johnson-Fugitive), dies at 79
  • 1984 - Paul Le Flem, composer, dies at 103
  • 1985 - Eugene Carson Blake, sec-gen World Council of Churches, dies at 78
  • 1985 - Murray Chapple, cricketer (14 Tests for NZ, 497 runs), dies
  • 1986 - Theodore "Teddy" Wilson, US jazz pianist/arranger, dies at 73
  • 1988 - Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38
  • 1990 - Fernando Sancho, dies after operation for malignant tumor at 72
  • 1992 - G Harold Carswell, supreme court justice candidate 1970, dies at 72
  • 1992 - Joseph L George, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1992 - Ralph Strait, dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1992 - Sjoerd de Free, reporter (Radio Herrijzend Netherland), dies
  • 1993 - Baudouin, king of Belgium (1951-93), dies at 62 from heart problems
  • 1993 - Elmar Klos, director (Obzalovany, Obchod na Korze), dies at 83
  • 1993 - Paul Henry, US Republicans Congressional leader, dies at 51
  • 1994 - Anne Shelton, British singer (Glenn Miller Band), dies at 66
  • 1994 - Caitlin Thomas, dies
  • 1994 - G de Ru, chairman of Dutch Reformed Synode, dies
  • 1994 - Pieter C Buitendijk, co-founder (Free Netherlands), dies at 92
  • 1995 - Genevieve Tobin Keighley, actress (Zaza, Great Gambini), dies at 83
  • 1996 - Joan "Maudie" Warburton, painter, dies at 76
  • 1996 - Michael Jinks, child care pioneer, dies at 59
  • 1997 - Beam Dai, head of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies
  • 1997 - Bo Dai, Last emporer of Vietnam, dies at 85
  • 1997 - Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • 1997 - Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian, dies at 63



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