What Happened on July 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility
  • Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
  • Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate

Famous Birthdays

  • Antonio Langham, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jason Gildon, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Ray McElroy, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Tami Stronach, Iranian actress (Neverending Story), born in Tehran, Iran

Famous Deaths

  • Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73