On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1917

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • World War I: Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) begins, goes on to cause approximately 500,000 casualties

Famous Deaths

  • Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
  • Hedd Wyn, Welsh poet (b. 1887)