What Happened on July 31, 1997

Historical Events

Baseball 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)

  • 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? 25 years, 6 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112
  • UK #1 Song: I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Ft. 112