On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1970

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)

Historic CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy (started 1740)
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Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
Royal Navy sailors lining up for their daily rum ration
  • Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends "Huntley-Brinkley Report"
  • Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland

Famous Birthdays

  • Ahmad Akbarpour, Iranian writer (The Train of That Night), born in Chah Varz, Lamerd, Iran
  • David Sacco, NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Malden, Massachusetts
  • Knut Holmann, Norwegian rower (Olympic gold 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), dies of kidney disease at 39
  • Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58