What Happened in July 1931

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium is completed
  • Jul 1 Ice vending machines introduced in LA 25 lbs, 15 cents
  • Jul 1 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs Chicago Cubs
  • Jul 1 Trans African Railway in use (Benguela, Angola-Jadotville, Congo)
  • Jul 3 51st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sid Wood Jr beats F X Shields (walkover)
  • Jul 3 Max Schmeling TKOs Young Stribling in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 3 44th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Cilly Aussem beats H Sperling (6-2 7-5)
  • Jul 4 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium
  • Jul 4 1st trailside museum opens in Cleveland Metroparks
  • Jul 6 35th US Golf Open: Billy Burke shoots a 292 at Inverness Club Ohio
  • Jul 11 NY Giants beat Phillies 23-8
  • Jul 12 45,715 fans in 35,000 seat Sportsman Park St Louis, help cause many ground ruled doubles, 11 in 1st game & 21 in 2nd game for 32
  • Jul 18 1st air-conditioned ship (Mariposa) launched
  • Jul 21 Reno race track, becomes 1st in US to use daily double wagering
  • Jul 23 Ashmore & Cartier Is in Indian Ocean transferred to Australia
  • Jul 23 France announces it can't afford to send a team to 1932 LA olympics
  • Jul 24 George Gunn gets 183 & son of a gunn George Vernon 100* same innings

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jul 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2 mile (8:59.6)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jul 24 A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
  • Jul 26 26th Davis Cup: France beats Great Britain in Paris (3-2)
  • Jul 26 25th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • Jul 27 Chilean president Carlos Ibáñez forced out
  • Jul 27 Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebr & SD destroyed thousands of acres of crops
  • Jul 28 White Sox score 11 in 8th to beat Yankees 14-12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 Mob hitman Mad Dog Coll allegedly participates in a kidnapping attempt that results in the shooting death of a child, which earns him the nickname "Mad Dog"

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • Jul 2 Robert Ito, actor (Sam-Quincy ME), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Andres Burnier, [Catharina Dessaur], criminologist/author (Jongensuur)
  • Jul 4 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Glengormley, County Antrim, Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur)
  • Jul 4 Peter Richardson, cricketer (England batsman mid-50's)
  • Jul 4 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Jul 5 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal
  • Jul 6 Donal Donnelly, Bradford Yorkshire England, actor (Dead)
  • Jul 6 Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader
  • Jul 6 Jean Campeau, French Canadian businessman and politician
  • Jul 7 David Eddings, US, sci-fi author (Belgariad, Malloreon)
  • Jul 7 Stanley Brock, Bkln, actor (Ivan-He's the Mayor)
  • Jul 8 Jerry Vale, [Genaro Louis Vitaliano], American singer (Arriverderci Roma), born in NYC (d. 2014)
  • Jul 8 Louis Ballard, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 8 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • Jul 10 Alice Munro, author (Dance of the Happy Shades)
  • Jul 10 Del Insko, harness racer (toothpick in mouth, 1969 money leader)
  • Jul 10 Julian May, US, sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat)
  • Jul 10 Nick Adams, Nanticoke Pa, actor (Johnny Yuma-Rebel)
  • Jul 11 Tab Hunter, American actor (Tab Hunter Show, Lust in the Dust), born in New York City, New York
  • Jul 11 Hans Klein, politician
  • Jul 11 Herman de Vries, Dutch sculptor
  • Jul 11 Thurston Harris, vocalist (Little Bitty Pretty One), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jul 11 Tullio Regge, Italian physicist
  • Jul 12 Andre Laporte, Flemish composer
  • Jul 12 Bob Traxler, (Rep-D-MI, 1974- )
  • Jul 12 Lord Clinton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jul 13 Bill Moor, actor (Hanky Panky), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jul 14 Donald Eugene Webb, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 14 Robert Stephens, Bristol England, actor (Uncle Kurt-Holocaust)
  • Jul 15 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
  • Jul 15 Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs
  • Jul 16 Caroline Blackwood, writer
  • Jul 18 "Papa" Dee Allen, percussionist (War-World is a Ghetto), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jul 20 Tony Marsh, English racing driver
  • Jul 21 Leon Schidlowsky, composer
  • Jul 22 Charles Huxtable, General commander (English ground armies)
  • Jul 22 Perry Lopez, actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 23 Jan Torell, Limhamm Sweden, director (New Land, Emigrants)
  • Jul 23 Richard Searby, deputy-chairman (News Corp Ltd-Australia)
  • Jul 23 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, born in Leningrad (d. 2016)
  • Jul 23 Te Atairangi Kaahu, Māori Queen (d. 2006)
  • Jul 23 Guy Fournier, French Canadian author and screenwriter
  • Jul 24 Ermanno Olmi, Italian director
  • Jul 24 Éric Tabarly, French sailor (d. 1998)
  • Jul 25 Cornelis P van Dijk, Dutch minister of the Interior
  • Jul 26 A M F (Sandy) Ross, managing-director (Mary Quant)
  • Jul 26 Takashi Ono, Japan, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • Jul 27 Jerry Van Dyke, Danville Ill, actor (My Mother the Car, Coach)
  • Jul 27 Khieu Samphan, Cambodian politician
  • Jul 28 Darryl Hickman, American actor (Human Comedy, Tea & Sympathy), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jul 28 Johnny Martin, Australian cricket left-arm chinaman bowler (60's)
  • Jul 30 Joan Vohs, St Albans NY, actress (Fort Ti, Vice Squad, Sabrina)
  • Jul 31 Kenny Burrell, American guitarist
  • Jul 31 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Stephen Babcock, American Agricultural Chemist (Babcock test and father of scientific dairying), dies at 87
  • Jul 4 Emanuele F duke of Aosta, Italian WW I-general/fascist, dies at 62
  • Jul 4 Hussein ibn-Ali, sjarif Mecca/king/kalief of Hedzjaz (1917-24), dies
  • Jul 7 Johannes Jacobus "Kodgee" Kotze, cricketer (South Africa 1902-07), dies
  • Jul 15 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian economist (b. 1868)
  • Jul 16 Charles Studd, cricketer (5 Tests for England 1882-83), dies
  • Jul 18 Oskar Minkowski, German Biologist (pancreas and diabetes), dies at 73
  • Jul 24 Marie WF Treub, Dutch economist/minister of finance, dies at 75
  • Jul 27 Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (b. 1848)