On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 2012

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • A second power grid failure in India in two days leaves 670 million people without power

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Germany wins London Olympic equestrian eventing final; daughter of Princess Anne, Zara Phillips part of GB silver medal winning team

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Michael Phelps becomes the greatest medal winner in Olympic history as part of the winning American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team in London; Phelps' 19th career Olympic medal and 15th overall gold

  • Two car bombs kill 21 people in Baghdad, Iraq

Famous Deaths

  • Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge, Lincoln), dies from pneumonia at 86