July 1931 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium is completed
  • Jul 1 Ice vending machines introduced in LA 25 lbs, 15 cents
  • Jul 1 Trans African Railway in use (Benguela, Angola-Jadotville, Congo)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 US President Herbert Hoover places a one year moratorium on war debt payments

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover
  • Jul 4 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium
  • Jul 4 1st trailside museum opens in Cleveland Metroparks
  • Jul 18 1st air-conditioned ship (Mariposa) launched
  • Jul 21 Reno race track, becomes 1st in US to use daily double wagering
  • Jul 23 Ashmore & Cartier Is in Indian Ocean transferred to Australia
  • Jul 24 George Gunn gets 183 & son of a gunn George Vernon 100* same innings

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jul 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2 mile (8:59.6)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jul 24 A fire at a home for the elderly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania kills 48 people.
  • Jul 27 Chilean president Carlos Ibáñez forced out
  • Jul 27 Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebr & SD destroyed thousands of acres of crops

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 Mob hitman Mad Dog Coll allegedly participates in a kidnapping attempt that results in the shooting death of a child, which earns him the nickname "Mad Dog"

Mob Hitman Mad Dog Coll
Mob Hitman
Mad Dog Coll

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 1 Leslie Caron, French-American actress (Gigi, Father Goose), born in Boulogne-Biliancourt, Seine
  • Jul 3 Andres Burnier, [Catharina Dessaur], criminologist/author (Jongensuur)
  • Jul 5 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal
  • Jul 6 Jean Campeau, French Canadian businessman and politician
  • Jul 7 David Eddings, American sci-fi author (Belgariad, Malloreon)
  • Jul 10 Alice Munro, author (Dance of the Happy Shades)
  • Jul 10 Del Insko, harness racer (toothpick in mouth, 1969 money leader)
  • Jul 10 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat)
  • Jul 11 Hans Klein, politician
  • Jul 11 Herman de Vries, Dutch sculptor
  • Jul 11 Tullio Regge, Italian physicist
  • Jul 12 Bob Traxler, (Rep-D-MI, 1974- )
  • Jul 12 Lord Clinton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jul 14 Donald Eugene Webb, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 15 Clive Cussler, Aurora Illinois, American writer (Raise The Titanic, Sahara)
  • Jul 15 Eugene Louw, South African minister of Internal affairs
  • Jul 16 Caroline Blackwood, writer
  • Jul 18 "Papa" Dee Allen, percussionist (War-World is a Ghetto), born in Wilmington, Delaware

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 20 Marina Popovich, Soviet Air Force colonel, engineer and test pilot (102 world records), born in Leonenki, Smolensk Oblast, USSR, birth date uncertain (d. 2017)

  • Jul 22 Charles Huxtable, General commander (English ground armies)
  • Jul 23 Jan Torell, Limhamm Sweden, director (New Land, Emigrants)
  • Jul 23 Richard Searby, deputy-chairman (News Corp Ltd-Australia)
  • Jul 23 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, born in Leningrad (d. 2016)
  • Jul 23 Te Atairangi Kaahu, Māori Queen (d. 2006)
  • Jul 24 Ermanno Olmi, Italian director
  • Jul 24 Éric Tabarly, French sailor (d. 1998)
  • Jul 25 Cornelis P van Dijk, Dutch minister of the Interior
  • Jul 26 A M F (Sandy) Ross, managing-director (Mary Quant)
  • Jul 27 Khieu Samphan, Cambodian politician

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Stephen Babcock, American Agricultural Chemist (Babcock test and father of scientific dairying), dies at 87
  • Jul 4 Emanuele F duke of Aosta, Italian WW I-general/fascist, dies at 62
  • Jul 4 Hussein ibn-Ali, sjarif Mecca/king/kalief of Hedzjaz (1917-24), dies
  • Jul 15 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian economist (b. 1868)
  • Jul 16 Alice Pike Barney, American painter, dies at 74
  • Jul 18 Oskar Minkowski, German Biologist (pancreas and diabetes), dies at 73
  • Jul 24 Marie WF Treub, Dutch economist/minister of finance, dies at 75
  • Jul 27 Auguste-Henri Forel, Swiss entomologist (b. 1848)