July 31, 1972 in History

Day of the Week: Monday

Events in History

  • 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

Deaths in History

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