What Happened on July 31

Significant Events

  • 30 BC Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves minor victory over Octavian, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to Octavian's invasion of Egypt
  • 1620 Pilgrim Fathers depart Leiden for England before heading to America
  • 1917 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) begins
  • 1961 Israel welcomes its one millionth immigrant
  • 2007 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end
More Historical Events

July 31 in Film & TV

  • 1912 US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship)

July 31 in Music

  • 1959 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with "Living' Doll" (biggest British single of 1959)

July 31 in Sport

  • 1928 1st woman to win a track and field olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland

Did You Know?

Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy (started 1740)

On July 31, 1970

Would You Believe?

Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers

On July 31, 1703

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood
  • 1951 Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia
  • 1954 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)
  • 1964 George Lascelles marries Patricia Tuckwell
  • 1976 Singer Natalie Cole marries songwriter Marvin Yancy

Famous Divorces

  • 1980 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage
More Weddings & Divorces