On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1944

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Last deportation train out Mechelen departs to Auschwitz
  • Transport #77 departs with French Jews to Nazi Germany
  • US troops occupy Sansapor, New-Guinea

Famous Birthdays

  • Geraldine Chaplin, American-born actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers) daughter of Charlie Chaplin, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Robert C. Merton, American economist and Nobel laureate in Economics, born in NYC, New York
  • Sherry Lansing, actress (China Syndrome, Black Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), dies during a reconnaissance mission at 44