On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 1997

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB's top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • College Football's all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years' probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility

Famous Deaths

  • Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, dies at 63
1997 Highlights

About July 31, 1997

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 23 years and 5 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo