Today in History

What happened on the 31st of July in history?

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  • 1498
    Christopher Columbus discovers island of Trinidad.
  • 1556
    St. Ignatius of Loyola founder of Society of Jesus died in Rome.
  • 1588
    English fleet attacks Spanish armada
  • 1777
    Marquis de Lafayette 19 made major-general of Continental Army
  • 1790
    1st US patent granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
  • 1813
    British invade Plattsburgh NY
  • 1875
    17th pres Andrew Johnson dies in Tennessee at 66
  • 1938
    Yanks suspend Jake Powell after he said on Chicago radio 'he'd hit every colored person in Chicago over the head with a club'
  • 1948
    President Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (Kennedy Airport) NY
  • 1964
    US Ranger 7 takes 4 316 pictures before crashing on moon.
  • 1964
    Ranger 7 transmits the 1st lunar close-up photos before impact
  • 1970
    Chet Huntley retires from NBC ending 'Huntley-Brinkley Report'
  • 1972
    Democratic VP candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew
  • 1977
    Son of Sam shot to death 20-year-old Stacy Moskowitz
  • 1978
    Yanks now 7 1/2 out of 1st picked up 7 games in previous 2 weeks
  • 1980
    Soyuz 37 crew returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 36
  • 1981
    Leader of Panama Gen. Omar Torrijos killed in a plane crash.
  • 1981
    7-week-old major league baseball strike ended.
  • 1984
    US men's gymnastics team won team gold medal at LA Summer Olympics