About July 31

July 31, 2024 is the 213th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 153 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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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 182 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On July 31

  • 904
    Thessalonica falls to the Arabs, who destroy the city.
  • 1009
    Pope Sergius IV becomes the 142nd pope, succeeding Pope John XVIII.
  • 1201
    Attempted usurpation of John Komnenos the Fat.
  • 1492
    The Jews are expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree takes effect.
  • 1498
    On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
  • 1741
    Charles Albert of Bavaria invades Upper Austria and Bohemia.
  • 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.”
  • 1790
    The very first U.S. patent is issued: to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
  • 1865
    The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
  • 1931
    New York City experimental television station W2XAO (now known as WCBS) begins broadcasts.
  • 1932
    The NSDAP (Nazi Party) wins more than 38% of the vote in German elections.
  • 1938
    Bulgaria signs a non-aggression pact with Greece and other states of Balkan Antanti (Turkey, Romania, Yugoslavia).
  • 1945
    Pierre Laval, the fugitive former leader of Vichy France, surrenders to Allied soldiers in Austria.
  • 1954
    First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    A Delta Air Lines jetliner, flight DL 723 crashes while landing in fog at Logan Airport, Boston, Massachusetts killing 89.
  • 1988
    32 people are killed and 1,674 injured when a bridge at the Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal collapses in Butterworth, Malaysia.
  • 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.
  • 2002
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem is attacked when a bomb explodes in a cafeteria, killing 9.
  • 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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