On This Day..... July 31

 

JULY 31ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MUTT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL AVACADO DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RASPBERRY CAKE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • JULIET CAPULET (1577)
  • MILTON FRIEDMAN (1912-2006)
 
  • MICHAEL BIEHN (1956, 62)
  • DEVAL PATRICK (1956, 62)
 
  • MARK CUBAN (1958, 60)
  • WESLEY SNIPES (1962, 56)
 
  • J.K. ROWLING (1965, 53)
  • DEAN CAIN (1966, 52)
 
  • ZAC BROWN (1978, 40)
  • B.J. NOVAK (1979, 39)
 
  • HARRY POTTER (1980, 38)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 30 BC, AFTER MARK ANTONY DEFEATS OCTAVIAN IN THE BATTLE OF ALEXANDRIA, MOST OF HIS ARMY DESERTS HIM, LEAVING HIM OPEN TO OCTAVIAN’S INVASION OF EGYPT
  • IN 1948, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DISCOVERS TRINIDAD ON HIS THIRD TRIP TO THE NEW WORLD
  • IN 1751, A FIRE IN STOCKHOLM SWEDEN DESTROYS 1,000 HOUSES
  • IN 1777, THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE IS MADE A MAJOR-GENERAL OF THE CONTINENTAL ARMY AT JUST 19 YEARS OLD
 
  • IN 1792, THE CORNERSTONE IS LAID FOR THE PHILADELPHIA MINT BUILDING, THE FIRST UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT BUILDING
  • IN 1875, FORMER PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON DIES OF A STROKE AT 66
  • IN 1876, THE U.S. COAST GUARD OFFICERS’ TRAINING SCHOOL OPENS IN NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS
  • IN 1893, SHREDDED WHEAT IS PATENTED BY HENRY PERKY
 
  • IN 1914, THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE CLOSES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1873 TO DUE WORLD WAR I. IT WOULD REOPEN IN DECEMBER
  • IN 1919, THE WEIMAR CONSTITUTION ESTABLISHES THE GERMAN REPUBLIC
  • IN 1922, 18 YEAR OLD RALPH SAMUELSON IS THE FIRST PERSON TO WATER SKI
 
  • IN 1925, GREAT BRITAIN BEGINS OFFERING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE
  • IN 1932, THE U.S. BEGINS CIRCULATING THE GEORGE WASHINGTON QUARTER
  • IN 1932, THE NAZI PARTY WINS 37.3% OF THE VOTE IN GERMAN ELECTIONS
  • IN 1938, JAKE POWELL IS SUSPENDED BY THE NEW YORK YANKEES AFTER GIVING A RADIO INTERVIEW IN CHICAGO IN WHICH HE THREATENED TO “HIT EVERY COLORED PERSON IN CHICAGO OVER THE HEAD WITH A CLUB”
  • IN 1944, THE FINAL TRAIN TO AUSCHWITZ LEAVES FROM MECHELEN, BELGIUM
  • IN 1948, “BRIGADOON” CLOSES ON BROADWAY
 
  • IN 1948, PRESIDENT TRUMAN DEDICATES IDLEWILD FIELD, NOW KENNEDY AIRPORT
  • IN 1951, 20 YEAR OLD RAY CHARLES MARRIES EILEEN WILLIAMS
  • IN 1954, STEVE ALLEN MARRIES JAYNE MEADOWS
  • IN 1961, THE ALL STAR GAME AT FENWAY PARK IS RAINED OUT ENDING IN A 1-1 TIE
 
  • IN 1964, A ROLLING STONE CONCERT IN IRELAND ONLY GOES FOR 12 MINUTES BEFORE ENDING DUE TO RIOTING
  • IN 1965, BRITISH TELEVISION BANS CIGARETTE ADVERTISING
  • IN 1966, CITIZENS IN ALABAMA BURN BEATLES ALBUMS AND MEMORABILIA AFTER JOHN LENNON MAKES REMARKS INDICATING HIS LACK OF BELIEF IN JESUS CHRIST
  • IN 1967, MICK JAGGER AND KEITH RICHARDS ARE RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER A ONE MONTH SENTENCE
 
  • IN 1969, LOUISIANA MOBILIZES THE NATIONAL GUARD TO QUELL RACE RIOTS IN BATON ROUGE
  • IN 1970, CHET HUNTLEY RETIRES FROM NBC’S “HUNTLEY BRINKLEY REPORT”
  • IN 1970, RUM RATIONING IN THE BRITISH ROYAL NAVY, WHICH WENT INTO EFFECT IN 1740, IS FINALLY LIFTED IN WHAT BECOMES KNOWN AS “BLACK TOT DAY”
 
  • IN 1971, ASTRONAUTS FROM APOLLO 15 TAKE AN ELECTRIC CAR RIDE ON THE MOON
  • IN 1972, SEN. THOMAS EAGLETON WITHDRAWS AFTER 18 DAYS AS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR VICE PRESIDENT AFTER IT WAS REVEALED THAT HE HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED FOR DEPRESSION, ALCOHOLISM AND ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY. THE PROCESS OF FORMAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR NOMINEES CAME FROM THIS
 
  • IN 1973, DELTA AIRLINES DC-9 CRASHES AT LOGAN AIRPORT IN BOSTON, KILLING 88 PEOPLE. THE LONE SURVIVOR DIES FIVE MONTHS LATER
  • IN 1976, NATALIE COLE MARRIES MARVIN YANCY
  • IN 1976, THE VIKING I NASA SHIP RELEASES THE “FACE ON MARS” PHOTO
  • IN 1980, JOHN PHILLIPS OF THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS IS ARRESTED ON DRUGS
  • IN 1981, A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STRIKE ENDS AFTER 42 DAYS
 
  • IN 1984, THE U.S. MEN’S GYMNASTICS TEAM WINS GOLD AT THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IN LOS ANGELES
  • IN 1985, AN INDIANA PUBLIC SCHOOL BANS 13 YEAR OLD RYAN WHITE FROM ATTENDING AFTER HE IS DIAGNOSED WITH AIDS
  • IN 1987, GUNS N ROSES RELEASES “APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION”
 
  • IN 1987, THE 16TH JAMES BOND MOVIE “THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS” OPENS
  • IN 1988, HUGH HEFNER CLOSES THE LAST PLAYBOY CLUB IN LANSING, MICHIGAN
  • IN 1990, BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA DECLARES INDEPENDENCE
 
  • IN 1991, RUSSIA AND THE U.S. SIGN A LONG TERM NUCLEAR WEAPON REDUCTION
  • IN 1991, THE SENATE VOTES TO ALLOW WOMEN IN COMBAT AIRCRAFT
  • IN 1992, A THAI AIRLINE CRASHES INTO A MOUNTAIN IN KATHMANDU KILLING 113
  • IN 1997, THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS TRADE MARK MCGWIRE TO THE CARDINALS
 
  • IN 1999, NASA ABANDONS ITS MISSION TO DETECT FROZEN WATER ON THE MOON BY INTENTIONALLY CRASHING THE LUNAR PROSPECTOR INTO THE SURFACE OF THE MOON
  • IN 1999, PATRICK DEMPSEY MARRIES JILLIAN FINK
  • IN 2006, FIDEL CASTRO TEMPORARILY TRANSFERRED POWER TO HIS BROTHER RAUL IN CUBA, LEADING TO CELEBRATIONS IN LITTLE HAVANA IN MIAMI
 
  • IN 2007, THE BRITISH FORMALLY END “OPERATION BANNER”, THE OCCUPATION OF NORTHERN IRELAND AND LONGEST RUNNING BRITISH MILITARY OPERATION EVER
  • IN 2010, ALICIA KEYS MARRIES PRODUCER SWIZZ BEATZ
  • IN 2010, CHELSEA CLINTON MARRIES BANKER MARC MEZVINSKY
 
  • IN 2012, GORE VIDAL DIES OF PNEUMONIA AT 86
  • IN 2015, ALEXANDER WANG LEAVES BALENCIAGA
  • IN 2016, JACK THORNE AND J.K. ROWLING RELEASE THE PLAY “HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD”
 
  • IN 2016, CEO AND SHARK TANK STAR ROBERT HERJAVEC MARRIES HIS “DANCING WITH THE STARS” PARTNER KYM JOHNSON IN LOS ANGELES
  • IN 2017, ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI IS REMOVED FROM HIS POSITION AS WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR AFTER LESS THAN TWO WEEKS
 

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