On This Day

What Happened on July 31, 2012

Historical Events

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

Music History

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band perform their longest show ever, at Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland - clocking in at 4 hours and 6 minutes

Sports History

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

Olympic 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

  • Bobby Edwards [Moncrief], American country singer-songwriter ("You're The Reason"), dies at 86
  • Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge; Lincoln), dies from pneumonia at 86
2012 Highlights

About July 31, 2012

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 9 years, 4 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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