About July 31

July 31, 2021 is the 212th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 153 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 185 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 31

  • 781
    The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781).
  • 1492
    The Jews are expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree takes effect.
  • 1588
    The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.
  • 1655
    Russo-Polish War (1654-1667): the Russian army enters the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vilnius, which it holds for six years.
  • 1667
    Second Anglo-Dutch War: Treaty of Breda ends the conflict.
  • 1703
    Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.
  • 1777
    The U.S. Second Continental Congress passes a resolution that the services of Marquis de Lafayette “be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States.”
  • 1856
    Christchurch, New Zealand is chartered as a city.
  • 1932
    The NSDAP (Nazi Party) wins more than 38% of the vote in German elections.
  • 1938
    Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius the Great in Persepolis.
  • 1938
    Bulgaria signs a non-aggression pact with Greece and other states of Balkan Antanti (Turkey, Romania, Yugoslavia).
  • 1940
    A doodlebug train in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio collides with a multi-car freight train heading in the opposite direction, killing 43 people.
  • 1948
    At Idlewild Field in New York, New York International Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport) is dedicated.
  • 1956
    Jim Laker becomes the first man to take all 10 wickets in a Test match innings as he returns figures of 10/53 in the Australian 2nd innings. This combined with his 9/37 in the first innings gave him match figures of 19/90 in the 4th Test at Old Trafford.
  • 1987
    A rare, class F4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
  • 1991
    The United States and Soviet Union both sign the START I Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the first to reduce (with verification) both countries’ stockpiles.
  • 1992
    Thai Airways International Flight 311 crashes into a mountain north of Kathmandu, Nepal killing all 113 people on board.
  • 1999
    Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector – NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.
  • 2006
    Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro.
  • 2007
    Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.

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