On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Chicago infielder Dick Allen becomes only 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game; both off Bert Blyleven in 8-1 White Sox win over Minnesota Twins
  • Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility
  • Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Weinke, American College, NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2000, Florida State), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jason Gildon, American NFL linebacker (3-time Pro Bowl; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Altus, Oklahoma
  • Tami Stronach, Iranian actress (Neverending Story), born in Tehran, Iran

Famous Deaths

  • Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • Rollie Hemsley, American baseball catcher (5-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 65