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