On This Day

What Happened on May 31, 1931

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 7.1 magnitude Earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.

Sport awardTennis Open

French Championship Women's Tennis: Cilly Aussem of Germany beats England's Betty Nuthall 8-6, 6-1 for the first of 2 major titles in 1931

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • French Championships Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra wins his only home title; beats fellow Frenchman Christian Boussus 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4

Famous Birthdays

  • Huby Heard, singer-songwriter (The God Squad), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • John Schrieffer, US physicist (Nobel 1972)
  • Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano (Cassandra-Les Troyens), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Steve Horn, (Rep-R-California)

Famous Deaths

  • Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866)