Weekly Horoscope Sunday, July 31, to Saturday, August 6, 2022

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All Signs

This week we have a strong hit of Uranus happening. Uranus was discovered around the time of the French Revolution. (“Liberty! Equality! Fraternity!”) Uranus represents the defiant energy to break free from oppression. It challenges the rigid structures you work hard to maintain. It is associated with the unexpected, something out of step in your everyday world. It forces you to break free of mind-numbing habits and blows fresh air into your life. It rejuvenates and makes you feel younger and more alive! It’s a reminder that you will never again be as young as you are as you read these words. Therefore, Carpe Diem! (That’s Latin for “Fish Sale!”)

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Your ruler fiery Mars is lined up with unpredictable Uranus in one of your Money Houses. You definitely have to pay attention because at the beginning of the week, something unexpected could impact your wealth, your earnings, your assets and your possessions. To put it mildly, you might find money; you might lose money. Be aware and conscientious so that you can protect what you own from loss, theft or damage. On the upside, someone might suddenly give you something. Or perhaps, you will display sudden generosity to someone else? Sudden purchases for your home, especially something beautiful, will please you. You might spontaneously entertain at home, especially on Tuesday. Protect your financial situation again on Friday.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Caution! As this week begins, fiery Mars is in your sign lined up with wild, wacky Uranus, triggering sudden upsets, rash behaviour and unexpected incidents. It will be difficult to make plans because many things will happen without warning, and suddenly — your plans have gone south in a New York minute. You’ll have a tendency to be impulsive and act rashly. This same energy can make you careless because you’re moving too fast, not thinking ahead of time. Perhaps you’re angry at someone? You definitely want to assert your individual freedom. And why not? It’s time to do your best imitation of Janis Joplin, “… freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

This is a tricky week. Your fast-paced continues with errands, short trips, plus increased reading, writing and studying. You might be busy at home with repairs and family discussions. Nevertheless, something surprising and unexpected going on behind the scenes will catch you off guard, especially at the beginning of the week. It could impact your earnings. For example, you might spontaneously buy something unusual, modern or high tech. You might also receive a gift of money that you did not expect. (Fingers crossed.) Do your best to stay mellow this week, even though life will feel unsettled. Be patient with coworkers on Friday when upsetting issues might catch you off guard. (An Eastern proverb says, “Even a hurricane only lasts a day.”)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Your focus on money, possessions and your personal values continues this week. However, a friend will surprise you – no question. Especially during the beginning of the week. Possibly, for some, this surprise is an encounter with someone who is different or unusual in some way. This surprising encounter might also be connected with a club or an organization. You might join a protest group. (Or you might be asked to leave!) This unexpected interaction might ultimately impact your relations with kids or with a romantic partner. It’s complicated; but at least, it’s not a boring week. Remember not to act hastily so you can avoid later regrets. Be mindful.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This continues to be a powerful time for you with the Sun in your sign. You can rejuvenate and restore your strength. You can also attract people and favourable situations to you. However, this week, begins with something abrupt, sudden and unexpected, very likely dealing with a parent or a boss. This person might do something that surprises you; or in turn, you might feel that you have to defy them or break free of their restrictions or ill-advised rules. (They will seem ill advised from your point of view.) Basically, you are not a follower, you are a leader. Therefore, you do not like to be told what to do. Be patient with family members on Friday. Be gracious and do what you can to keep the peace. Be an example.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Tread carefully if travelling this week because many of you will face delays, cancellations and interruptions. This same unexpected influence might impact legal matters or something to do with a medical situation. Some will be surprised through the media. If travelling, double check details before you leave home. Be mindful and pay attention to everything you say and do to avoid accidents. You might also meet a real character this week, especially around Tuesday. Or perhaps, someone you know will do something that surprises you. Be patient with siblings, relatives and neighbours on Friday. In fact, stay chill to avoid an accident then, as well. (Yikes!)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This continues to be a lovely week to schmooze with others, especially because you feel particularly sociable. Enjoy good times with friends, as well as interacting with clubs and organizations. In particular, you’ll make a fabulous impression on bosses and VIPs, which is why some of you might strike up a sudden romance with someone in a position of authority, especially around Tuesday. Meanwhile, check banking details and anything to do with inheritances, shared property and insurance matters because this week begins with a surprise or something unexpected that could impact shared property, debt or your finances in some way. Stay top of these red-tape areas so that you are not caught off guard, because when it comes to money – you snooze, you lose.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

This week will definitely hold a few surprises for you. You continue to be high viz. with the Sun at high noon in your chart. Furthermore, you continue to make a fantastic impression on everyone, without doing anything special. Go figure. However, a partner or close friend is sure to surprise you at the beginning of the week. This could be an explosive argument, unexpected news, or the introduction to someone who is unusual or surprising in some way. Get ready. Meanwhile, surprise opportunities to travel might come your way early in the week. You might also meet someone unusual or hear pleasing unexpected news about something to do with higher education, the media, publishing, medicine or the law. Be patient on Friday, when you will feel tested.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You love to travel. But this month, you’re especially eager to spread your wings. Grab every opportunity to do this! Meanwhile, discussions with bosses and people in power will be favourable. In fact, people will listen to you, so don’t hesitate to speak up. Unexpected goodies, gifts and favours from others might come your way, especially around Tuesday. However, at the beginning of the week, something related to pets, your health or your job might surprise you or catch you off guard. Prepare yourself and get ready for this. You might have to streamline a situation. Or you do something so that you have more time to have wiggle room to deal with the unexpected. Ditto again on Friday.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

This continues to be an intense time, with strong psychological compulsions surfacing. (Why do I keep opening and closing the fridge?) You might be concerned about finances that are jointly held or trying to get a loan or a mortgage. Parents must be aware that the beginning of this week is an accident-prone time for your kids. Therefore, be vigilant. Know where they are at all times. Likewise, sports accidents can occur. Social plans are subject to cancellation and sudden changes. Romantic relationships could be on rocky ground. Unexpected things might occur and later boomerang back on Friday. Fortunately, Tuesday brings good news related to partners and friends.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Focus on home and family this week because something unexpected will occur. Take precautions to avoid fires and home accidents. Likewise, be patient with family members to avoid arguments. A moment of distraction could lead to a home accident. Could be major or minor. If negotiating a real-estate transaction, double check every angle. Ironically, the next day Tuesday, something favourable might surprise you at work. Or it could relate to your health or even a pet. Keep your cool when dealing with parents and authority figures on Friday. George Burns was right, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family – in another city.”

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

It’s a good thing that you’re on top of your game this week — working hard and being as efficient as possible — because at the beginning of the week, there’s an accident-prone influence for your sign. Therefore, stay tuned. Be mindful and aware. Pay attention to everything you say and do because it will be easy for you to go off half-cocked, and say or do something without thinking. And you might regret this later. And beware: this same unchecked energy will manifest again on Friday. This week is not just about some serious warnings. Tuesday might bring a fun invitation to an entertaining event, possibly the theatre, a musical group, a sports event or playful activities with kids. An exciting invitation might surprise!

A Thought for Today

Until we meet again dear sisters, brothers, and honored guests may your life be filled with all things positive!

July 31, 2022 Daily Horoscopes Digest

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Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Virgo.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Glory hallelujah! This is a fun filled day! Enjoy sports events, playful activities with kids, the theatre, picnics, barbecues and entertaining diversions. Ironically, it’s a strong day to work and get things done as well. Oh yes, you win!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Invite friends and family over for good food and drink because this is a marvellous day to entertain at home. (Who sets a better table than you?) This is also an excellent day to pursue real-estate opportunities and ways to improve where you live.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today you’re in a positive frame of mind, which is why you’ll enjoy talking to siblings, relatives and neighbours. It’s a great day for a short trip and any new venture. It’s also a solid day to sign contracts or agree to anything important. You will also enjoy doing something to improve your home.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Business and commerce are favoured today. Look for ways to boost your income either now or in the future. (You’re thinking big!) You have the gift of the gab today, which is why it’s a strong day for those who sell, market, teach, act or write. Yada, yada, yada.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Lucky you! The Sun is in your sign dancing with Jupiter, which gives you good feelings of peace and harmony with everyone around you. Today you feel buoyant and enthusiastic about whatever you’re doing. You will be quick to see the big picture, and many of you will enjoy good fortune.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You have the advantage today because the Moon is in your sign getting a boost from Mars. This makes you assertive, courageous and confident! Whatever you do – you will quickly see what is needed and you will know how to unify your objectives with others. Great day to start projects!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a popular day for you! You will enjoy schmoozing with others because you are one of the most social signs in the zodiac. In particular, group activities like classes, conventions and conferences will be a positive and learning experience for you.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You make a fabulous impression on everyone today, in part because you are quick to see the overall pattern of things. You will instantly know whnt to do in a given situation. People respect you because you look successful and competent (even if you don’t feel this way). Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Do whatever you can to change your daily routine today because you want adventure and stimulation. You want to expand your horizons! Enjoy meeting people from different backgrounds or cultures. Travel if possible. Do something so that you can learn new ideas, concepts and philosophies.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Although this is a marvellous day to discuss shared property, inheritances and the wealth and responsibilities you share with others – nevertheless, you want to get outta Dodge. You need a change of scenery! (Note that your discussions with others will be settled in your favour.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Relations with close friends, partners and spouses are super positive today! People are happy and harmonious with each other. You will also work well with a partner today, especially if what you do involves travel or dealing with foreign interests.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Work-related travel is likely for many of you. For those of you who are working today, this is an upbeat, positive day! You’ll be hands on and interested in whatever you’re doing. People will help you. Partnerships will be invigorated by shared ideas.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor, producer Dean Cain (1966) shares your birthday today. You are a charismatic straight shooter. You’re a natural leader who is direct and hard-working, which is why people are willing to follow you; plus, you do your homework before you jump in to anything. This is the year that will bring you rewards and recognition. Expect a promotion, accolades and the acknowledgement you deserve. Bravo!

July 31, 2022 Birthday Horoscope Digest

May the next year of your life be better than the past year! 

Click here to read anyone’s birthday horoscope from sunsigns.org

JULY 31 birthday horoscope predicts that you are likely to be a Leo who is reliable, serious-minded and business-oriented. You have the aptitude to be anything you so desire. You may use your style in doing it, but the results are amazing. People are usually amazed by the kind of results you give.

Because of your unusual way of thinking and doing, you can be sensitive but don’t necessarily let it be known that your feelings could be hurt. Those born on this day can also be bull-headed.

The July 31 birthday personality characteristics show that you have great attention to detail. You have sound qualities, but you have a vivid imagination as well.

More often than not, you are traveling about the country. Perhaps you have a road buddy as you don’t like to be alone. You like having someone depend on you. Having a sense of responsibility gives you the feeling of being needed.

People seem to like you a lot. Passionate and charismatic, the Leo birthday personality is likely to be successful in love. The July 31st horoscope predicts that a person born today gets straight to the point.

You are still very aware and respectful of other people’s feelings. You are a warm-hearted individual who attracts somewhat of an older and more experienced crowd. People feel at home in your company.

As the July 31st zodiac suggests that in love, you are most happy to be a part of a union. Normally, you are concerned with your freedom but having the emotional security of a lasting relationship is something that a Leo needs. Home is where your heart is. You tend to daydream and fantasize about romance and love.

It is there that you find a partner that is sexy, generous and passionate. More so, a partner that will keep you grounded but open to express your feelings positively and productively. You may feel that you will know the right person for you when you meet your soul mate.

As the July 31st astrology meanings rightly say, typically, you are a Leo who will be satisfied with a lower paying position if you were to have a position that is personally gratifying.

You’re creative and can convey your visions through your work. If this is not possible, then you are likely to do this as a hobby. Hobbies can be profitable. You are no quitter, patient and determined; you get the job done.

Let’s talk about your health. A Leo’s health is generally perfect. You look great! For the July 31 zodiac birthday person, the body is joined with the soul and mind to make one entity or so you believe. Since these parts work together, you can focus on them together instead of singular.

Sometimes, you may go to great lengths to maintain your excellent health rating. On the other hand, you tend to stay up late and do not get the rest you should. Bad, bad Lion. Remember, you have to complete each mission to avoid illnesses. Without your beauty sleep, you set yourself up for mood swings and aggravation.

The July 31 birthday personality, is capable of being the best. You typically have an unusual way of thinking and doing things, but you still are alert and sensitive to others. Normally, you speak your mind especially if you hadn’t had enough sleep. Those born on this day are Lions that fancy romance and love. Tolerant and able to influence people, you finish tasks on time.


Famous People And Celebrities Born On July 31st

Zac Brown, Emilia Fox, AJ Green, Hank Jones, Derek Lam, Wesley Snipes, Whitney Young

See: Famous Celebrities Born On July 31

This Day That Year – July 31 In History

781 – Mt Fuji oldest documented eruption
1790 – Samuel Hopkins receives rights to a potassium compound called potash
1925 – England observes Unemployment Insurance Act
1951 – Japanese airlines recognized

July 31 Simha Rashi (Vedic Moon Sign)
July 31 Chinese Zodiac MONKEY

July 31 Birthday Planet

Your ruling planet is Sun that shows the face you show the world, your self-esteem, and confidence.

July 31 Birthday Symbols

The Lion Is The Symbol For The Lion Zodiac Sign

July 31 Birthday Tarot Card

Your Birthday Tarot Card is The Emperor. This card symbolizes a masculine force which has a positive influence. The Minor Arcana cards are Five of Wands and Knight of Wands

July 31 Birthday Zodiac Compatibility

You are most compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign Aries: This will be a hot, sexual and stimulating love match.
You are not compatible with people born under Zodiac Sign PiscesThis is a very dicey match which needs the right balance to survive.

See Also:

July 31 Lucky Numbers

Number 2 – This number stands for harmony, tact, decision-making skills and adaptability.
Number 4 – This number symbolizes justice, materialism, Karma, power and spiritual awakening.

Read about: Birthday Numerology

Lucky Colors For July 31st Birthday

Gold: This is a color that symbolizes magnificence, grandeur, success, power, and reputation.
Yellow: This color signifies hope, optimism, confidence and mental clarity.

Lucky Day For July 31 Birthday

Sunday – This day is ruled by Sun and represents commitment, confidence, and achievement.

July 31 Birthstone Ruby

Ruby gemstone gives you an extra boost to your confidence and motivates you to become successful.

Ideal Zodiac Birthday Gifts For People Born On July 31st

A shirt engraved with his initials for the man and a box of bitter chocolates for the woman. The July 31 birthday horoscope predicts that personalized and custom-made gifts will make you most happy.

July 31, 2022 Current Moon Phase Digest

You can use this link to go forward or backward in time for Moon phase information. If you are curious, you can even find out what phase the Moon was in when you or anyone else was born.

From MoonGiant.com

The Moon’s current phase for today and tonight is a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Visit the July 2022 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.

Today’s Waxing Crescent Phase

The Waxing Crescent on July 31 has an illumination of 7%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On July 31 the Moon is 2.53 days old. This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.

The 8 Lunar Phases

There are 8 lunar phases the Moon goes through in its 29.53 days lunar cycle. The 4 major Moon phases are Full Moon, New Moon, First Quarter and Last Quarter. Between these major phases, there are 4 minor ones: the Waxing Crescent, Waxing Gibbous, Waning Gibbous and Waning Crescent. For more info on the Moon Cycle and on each phase check out Wikipedia Lunar Phase page.

Phase Details

Phase: Waxing Crescent
Illumination: 7%
Moon Age: 2.53 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 395,238.91 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,844,805.61 km

Useful Moon Resources

July 31, 2022 Northern Hemisphere’s Planetary Positions Digest

If you want to calculate the planetary positions for a specific use and time, click on this link


To figure out GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) for your local time use this link

For Your Local Time and Date

Northwestern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Los Angeles, California, USA

July 31, 2022
07:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM PDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:08 Leo 34
Moon:12 Virgo 44
Mercury:23 Leo 56
Venus:16 Cancer 37
Mars:17 Taurus 56
Jupiter:08 Aries 42 Rx
Saturn:22 Aquarius 56 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 41
Neptune:25 Pisces 09 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 05 Rx

True Lunar Node:18 Taurus 42 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:18 Taurus 19 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):12 Cancer 01

Chiron:16 Aries 22 Rx
Ceres:03 Leo 36
Pallas:12 Gemini 43
Juno:21 Pisces 22 Rx
Vesta:04 Pisces 40 Rx

Eris:25 Aries 01 Rx


Northern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Chicago, Illinois, USA

July 31, 2022
05:00 pm GMT 12:00 PM CDT
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:08 Leo 29
Moon:11 Virgo 43
Mercury:23 Leo 47
Venus:16 Cancer 31
Mars:17 Taurus 53
Jupiter:08 Aries 42 Rx
Saturn:22 Aquarius 56 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 41
Neptune:25 Pisces 09 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 05 Rx

True Lunar Node:18 Taurus 43 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:18 Taurus 19 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):12 Cancer 00

Chiron:16 Aries 22 Rx
Ceres:03 Leo 34
Pallas:12 Gemini 41
Juno:21 Pisces 23 Rx
Vesta:04 Pisces 41 Rx

Eris:25 Aries 01 Rx


Northeastern Hemisphere

The time for these Custom Planetary Positions is from the local time in Frankfurt, Germany, Europe

31 July 2022
10:00 am GMT 12:00 PM CEST
Zodiac: Tropical (Standard Western)

Sun:08 Leo 12
Moon:08 Virgo 06
Mercury:23 Leo 15
Venus:16 Cancer 10
Mars:17 Taurus 42
Jupiter:08 Aries 42 Rx
Saturn:22 Aquarius 57 Rx
Uranus:18 Taurus 41
Neptune:25 Pisces 09 Rx
Pluto:27 Capricorn 05 Rx

True Lunar Node:18 Taurus 46 Rx
Mean Lunar Node:18 Taurus 20 Rx

Lilith (Black Moon):11 Cancer 58

Chiron:16 Aries 22 Rx
Ceres:03 Leo 26
Pallas:12 Gemini 32
Juno:21 Pisces 23 Rx
Vesta:04 Pisces 44 Rx

Eris:25 Aries 01 Rx


July 31 Tarot Card, Rune, Witch’s Rune, Ogham Divination Journal

Tarot Card

Click on the hyperlinks for information about the High Priest card from the Witches Tarot card deck on tarotx.net

The High Priest – Major Arcana

Menu of Contents

I. Keywords and corresponding associations to the High Priest Witches Tarot

II. Meaning of the High Priest Witches Tarot

Message of the High Priest Witches Tarot

The High Priest Witches in a Tarot spread


From TheRuneSite.com – Medieval Runes of Healing and Magick


Sound: “mm” as in “humming”
Stands for: Phases of the moon
Magick/Healing use: Reminds us that we must experience good and bad alike.

Witch’s Rune

From OtherWorldlyOracle.com – Witches Runes

Travel, birds, communication, messages from the other side, soaring at great heights, fast moving, news

The Flight Rune brings otherworldly news or reminds us of some form of communication, be it spoken or written. Birds are sacred animals and messengers to the heavens and to the gods. It may also mean we will be making a journey soon – be it physical or spiritual.


Click here to learn more about the Quiert Ogham symbol from druidogham.wordpress.com


Delight, respite, celebration
Tree: Apple (Malus spp.)
Letter: Q

The apple is an ancient symbol of bounty, harmony, and completion. True to symbolism, Quiert indicates a time of well-deserved rest, or at least that you deserve rest even if you are unable to have enough of it. Constant activity goes against the flow of nature. Our society, which seeks to progress at an ever-faster pace until the human race metastasizes across the universe, has got it all wrong. Slowing down is the appropriate action in many cases, for instance after a period of activity or at the culmination of a big project.

There is great delight in the smallest periods of rest, whether that means taking the time to thank the person at the restaurant for making your sandwich (just because you paid for it with money does not mean verbal gratitude goes unappreciated) or to give a firm, polite “no” when someone deliberately or unwittingly threatens your peace of mind by asking too much of you. Quiert speaks of the sweetness of small human gestures and petite graces. Without them, civilization wouldn’t be quite so civilized, nor would it be as worthy of holding together.

Quiert might also indicate a longer resting/healing time for you or for someone else, or that rest is needed. Quiert says, “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Observe. Live in the moment instead of always planning for the perfect future or reliving the past.” It is a marker of gratitude in general, and the slowness required to fully sense the world around us.

Questions when you draw Quiert:

July 31 I Ching, Numerology, Angel Number, Animal Spirit Guide or Helper Divination Journal

I Ching

From psychic-revelation.com – I Ching

Hexagram Sixty-Four/64

Name: Wei Chi.

Keyphrase: Before completion.

Formed By The Trigrams: Fire over Water.


General: You will need to be especially vigilant in the last few yards to success.

Love: If you wish to achieve your goal within your relationship, you must not allow yourself to be distracted.

Business: Focus on achieving your business goals and do not allow yourself to be distracted.

Personal: Do not allow pride or impatience to get in the way of the success that is so near.


Angel Number

(This number jumped out at me today and is something I needed to read plus take to heart.)

Animal Spirit Guide or Helper

Spell for Today – Daily Prayer to the Goddess – Printable

Some of the Witchcraft/Magickal Correspondence Digest for Any Day

Pagan and Magickal Terms and Definitions

July 31 Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2022 July 31

Starburst Galaxy M94 from Hubble

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Explanation: Why does this galaxy have a ring of bright blue stars? Beautiful island universe Messier 94 lies a mere 15 million light-years distant in the northern constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici). A popular target for Earth-based astronomers, the face-on spiral galaxy is about 30,000 light-years across, with spiral arms sweeping through the outskirts of its broad disk. But this Hubble Space Telescope field of view spans about 7,000 light-years across M94‘s central region. The featured close-up highlights the galaxy’s compact, bright nucleus, prominent inner dust lanes, and the remarkable bluish ring of young massive stars. The ring stars are all likely less than 10 million years old, indicating that M94 is a starburst galaxy that is experiencing an epoch of rapid star formation from inspiraling gas. The circular ripple of blue stars is likely a wave propagating outward, having been triggered by the gravity and rotation of a oval matter distributions. Because M94 is relatively nearby, astronomers can better explore details of its starburst ring.

July 31 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

30 BC Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves minor victory over Octavian, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to Octavian’s invasion of Egypt

1620 Pilgrim Fathers depart Leiden, Netherlands for England on their way to America

1917 World War I: Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) begins, goes on to cause approximately 500,000 casualties

1961 Israel welcomes its one millionth immigrant

2007 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end

Today’s Historical Events

30 BC Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves minor victory over Octavian, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to Octavian’s invasion of Egypt

432 St Sixtus III begins his reign as Catholic Pope

768 [Philip] begins and ends his reign as Catholic Pope

781 The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781)

1291 Egyptian Mamelukken occupies Akko, crusaders driven out of Palestine

1415 The Southampton plot to assassinate English king Henry V and put Edmund Mortimer on the throne is uncovered

1423 Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Cravant – the French army is defeated by the English on the banks of the river Yonne in Burgundy

  • 1451 Jacques Cœur is arrested by order of Charles VII of France

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1912 US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship)

1955 KRNT (now KCCI) TV channel 8 in Des Moines, Iowa (CBS) 1st broadcast

1955 WHIS (now WVVA) TV channel 6 in Bluefield, West Virginia (NBC) 1st broadcast

1960 KSOO (now KSFY) TV channel 13 in Sioux Falls, SD (NBC) 1st broadcast

1969 KWIH TV channel 44 in Winona, MN (IND) begins broadcasting

1970 Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends “Huntley-Brinkley Report”

1974 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

1984 Leeza Gibbon’s 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1786 “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect” by Robert Burns is published by John Wilson in Kilmarnock, Scotland

1948 “Brigadoon” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances

1959 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with “Living’ Doll” (biggest British single of 1959)

1966 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon‘s anti-Jesus remark

1967 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence

1968 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free

1979 “But Never Jam Today” opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances

1980 John Phillips of Mamas and Papas is arrested on drug charges

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1910 Tour de France: Octave Lapize of France wins by just 4 points from Team Alcyon teammate François Faber of Luxembourg

1928 Halina Konopacka of Poland hurls discus world record 39.62m to win first gold medal in women’s Olympic athletics at the Amsterdam Games; American Lillian Copeland and Ruth Sveberg of Sweden take minor medals

1928 In the first women’s Olympic track event, American sprinter Elizabeth Robinson equals her own world record 12.2s to win 100m gold medal in Amsterdam; Canadians Fanny Rosenfeld & Ethel Smith dead-heat (12.3s)

1930 NY Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig drives in 8 runs with a grand slam and 2 doubles in a 14-13 win over the rival Boston Red Sox

1932 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 6th straight title as Jean Borotra beats American Wilmer Allison 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2

1932 Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium before more than 76,000 fans; lose opener, 1-0 to the Philadelphia A’s

1932 26th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq wins after tallying 6 stage victories; his second Tour triumph (1930)

1934 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Fred Perry beats American Frank Shields 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 15-13 to give Great Britain unassailable 3-1 lead to retain title; ends 4-1

1.2 billion-year-old groundwater is some of the oldest on Earth

Groundwater that was recently discovered deep underground in a mine in South Africa is estimated to be 1.2 billion years old. Researchers suspect that the groundwater is some of the oldest on the planet, and its chemical interactions with the surrounding rock could offer new insights about energy production and storage in Earth’s crust.

In fact, Oliver Warr, a research associate in the department of Earth sciences at the University of Toronto in Canada and lead author of a new study about the groundwater discovery, described the location in a statement as a “Pandora’s box of helium-and-hydrogen-producing power.”


The South African groundwater was also enriched in the highest concentration of radiogenic products — elements produced by radioactivity — yet discovered in fluids, according to the study, demonstrating that ancient groundwater sites may one day potentially serve as energy sources.

The gold and uranium mine, known as Moab Khotsong, sits about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southwest of Johannesburg and is home to one of the world’s deepest mine shafts, plunging to depths of 1.86 miles (3 km) below the surface at its deepest, according to the mine (opens in new tab).

The new find follows the prior discovery of approximately 1.8 billion-year-old groundwater made during a 2013 research expedition (also led by Warr). That finding occurred at Kidd Creek Mine in Ontario, which lies beneath the Canadian Shield, a geologic structure comprised of igneous 

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A Laugh for Today