July 31st celebrates Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day and Avocado Day.
We are now on the 212th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2022. There are 153 days left until next year.
Here we’re going to find out what makes the last day of July an important day in history. You’ll learn about the historical events that happened on this day, as well as some notable facts and celebrity births.
Did you know that on this day in 1970, the Royal Navy stopped its issue of daily rum to its sailors? This was mainly due to problems of drunkenness aboard their naval vessels.
Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 31st in history!
What Events Happened On July 31 In History?
2016 The first edition of the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was published.
2012 Michael Phelps broke the world record for the most medals won at the Olympics.
With a total of six medals (four gold and two silver), he broke the previous record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina.
1999 NASA’s Lunar Prospector spacecraft was deliberately crashed into the Moon’s south pole.
Launched aboard an Athena II rocket on January 7, 1998, the Lunar Prospector's primary goal was to map the moon's polar regions and analyze the surface's composition. It was thought that there might be hydrogen deposits at the Lunar south pole. Once the mission came to its end, the Lunar Prospector was crashlanded there in the hopes that its impact would shoot out a plume of the theorized hydrogen, confirming its existence. The crashlanding was a success, but unfortunately, no plume was visible, and the theory was ultimately rejected.
1995 Disney bought Capital Cities, ABC, and ESPN for $19 billion.
1992 The country of Georgia joined the United Nations shortly after the country became independent.
1970 The Royal Navy began rationing rum.
Now known as "Black Tot Day," sailors were only allowed two servings of rum daily, consisting of four parts water and one part rum.
1966 Christians burned Beatles records because of John Lennon’s negative comments about Jesus.
1964 The Rolling Stones began the first of two concerts in Ireland.
Their performance started at 12:30 in the evening to a full house.
1959 Cliff Richard and The Drifters’ single “Living Doll” reached number one in the UK charts and stayed there for six weeks.
1790 Samuel Hopkins was awarded the first US patent.
Hopkins had invented a new way to get greater yields of higher quality potash, a basic form of potassium carbonate used to make soap, glass, gunpowder, and fertilizers. It was a pretty big deal back then, and both President George Washington and Thomas Jefferson signed the patent.
1786 The satirical book “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” by Robert Burns was published.
1498 Christopher Columbus discovered Trinity Islands.
1201 Nobleman John Komnenos the Fat attempted to steal the imperial throne from Alexios III Angelos.
The very short coup to take Constantinople was unsuccessful and led to John Komnenos's death.
Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.
Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day
National Avocado Day
July 31 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone
For those of you who were born on July 31st, your zodiac sign is Leo.
Leo is the fifth zodiac sign ruled by the sun. The constellation for Leo represents the Nemean lion. In Greek mythology, the Nemean lion devastated the area of Nemea until Heracles eventually defeated the creature.
Ruby is the birthstone given to those who were born during July. The ruby is known as the king of gems and brings the bearer great fortunes, love, health, and wisdom. Along with sapphire, rubies are the second hardest natural gemstones.
If you were born on July 31st, you were likely conceived on the week of November 7th in the previous year.
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