On This Day in History for July 31 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 145 of 145

  • 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
  • 1980 John Phillips of Mamas & Papas is arrested on drug charges
  • 1980 Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • 1980 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of National Bar Association
  • 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 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 Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed
  • 1987 Battle between Iranian pilgrims & Saudi-Arabian troops, 402 killed
  • 1987 Rockwell International awarded contract to build a 5th shuttle
  • 1987 A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
  • 1988 Jose Canseco is 1st to hit 30 HRs in 1st 3 years

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1988 Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1988 32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.
  • 1989 Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to Mets
  • 1990 Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence
  • 1991 Russia & US sign long range nuclear weapons reduction pact
  • 1991 Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
  • 1991 The Medininkai Massacre in Lithuania. Soviet OMON attacks Lithuanian customs post in Medininkai, killing 7 officers and severely wounding one other.
  • 1992 Thai Airbus crashes into mountain at Kathmandu, 113 die
  • 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 Arcen Limburg averages 71.6°F (22.0°C) in July: record
  • 1994 Netherlands' warmest July since 1783 - average 21.4°C
  • 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 Stockholm averages 21.5°C; the warmest July since 1855
  • 1994 UN votes 12-0 (2 abstentions) to authorize use of force against Haiti
  • 1999 Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector - NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon's surface.
  • 2002 Polaroid Corporation is purchased by One Equity Partners, continuing to operate under the Polaroid Corporation name

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2006 Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • 2007 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
  • 2012 Two car bombs kill 21 people in Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2012 A second power grid failure in two days leaves 670 million people in India without power
  • 2014 The US agree to resupply arms to Israel - including rocket launchers, mortar rounds, grenades - despite condemnation of civilian casualties in Gaza
  • 2014 Israel and Hamas agree to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

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2015 It is announced that creative director Alexander Wang will leave Balenciaga

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang

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2016 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" a play by Jack Thorne, with contributions by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide at midnight

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 2016 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor

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