Historical Events on July 31 (Part 2)

  • 2016 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: American Jimmy Walker wins his first major by 1 shot from defending champion Jason Day of Australia
  • 2016 Yuriko Koike is the first woman to be elected Tokyo Governor

Historic Publication

2016 “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a play by Jack Thorne with contributions by J. K. Rowling is published worldwide at midnight

  • 2017 Anthony Scaramucci removed as White House Communications Director after less than 2 weeks
  • 2017 England cricket spin bowler Moeen Ali takes a hat-trick in 239 run 3rd Test win over South Africa; 100th Test match played at The Oval, London

Film & TV History

2018 Actor Alan Alda reveals he has had Parkinson's disease for 3 years, in interview with CBS"s "This Morning"

  • 2018 Aeroméxico flight 2431 crash lands in Durango, Mexico, all 103 on board survive
  • 2018 Facebook discloses and removes Russian-linked network of sites attempting to interfere in American politics

Music History

2018 Rihanna becomes the first black woman to appear on the cover of British Vogue's September issue

Event of Interest

2019 American officials announce Osama bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden and potential successor has been killed in US air strikes in Pakistan

  • 2019 Kelly Craft confirmed by US Senate as US ambassador to the UN [1]

Event of Interest

2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian army to help put out huge wildfires in Siberia covering three million hectares (7.4 million acres) after 700,000 people sign petition

  • 2019 US Federal Reserve cuts interest rates for the first time since 2008 by 0.25%
  • 2020 Apple wildfire starts near Beaumont, California, forcing the evacuation of nearly 8,000 people over the next few days
  • 2020 Eurozone economic activity falls 11.9% for April-June with Spain the worst at -18.5%, its deepest in modern times
  • 2020 Mexico overtakes the UK to have the world's third highest death toll from COVID-19 with 46,688 fatalities
  • 2021 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins 100m butterfly in WR 49.45 at the Tokyo Olympics; completes 100m freestyle/butterfly double

Olympic Gold

2021 American swimming superstar Katie Ledecky wins the women's 800m gold for an unprecedented third consecutive Olympics in Tokyo; claims distance 800/1500m double

  • 2021 Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown wins gold in 200m backstroke to complete 100/200 double at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Sports History

2021 First mixed-gender event to feature in Olympic swim program; Great Britain team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy & Anna Hopkin wins mixed 4×100m medley relay in WR 3:37.58 in Tokyo

Olympic Games

2021 Jamaican sprinters Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson trifecta women's 100m final at the Tokyo Olympics; Thompson Herah retains title

9/11 Attack on NY's World Trade Towers

2022 Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who helped plan 9/11 attacks killed in CIA drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden calls it group's biggest blow since Osama bin Laden killed [1]

  • 2022 McKinney fire at Klamath National Forest, becomes California's largest fire of the year at 51,000 acres, fueled by high temperatures and strong winds, forcing evacuations [1]
  • 2022 Women's Euro 2022: England defeat Germany 2-1 in extra time in front of biggest-ever Euro crowd of 87,192 at Wembley, London [1]