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July 31: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 31

July 31st celebrates Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day and Talk In An Elevator Day.

We are now on the 212th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2021. There are 153 days left until next year.

For those of you who were born on July 31st, your zodiac sign is Leo.

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 facts about July 31st in history!

What Happened On July 31 In History?


The first edition of the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was published.


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.

Disney bought Capital Cities, ABC, and ESPN for $19 billion.

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The country of Georgia joined the United Nations shortly after the country became independent.

OTD in 1992: The country of Georgia joined the United Nations shortly after the country became independent.

The Royal Navy began rationing rum.

Now known as "Black Tot Day," sailors were only allowed two servings of rum a day consisting of four-parts water one-part rum.

Christian’s burned Beatles records because of John Lennon’s negative comments about Jesus.

OTD in 1966: Christian's burned Beatles records because of John Lennon's negative comments about Jesus.

The Rolling Stones began the first of two concerts in Ireland.

Their performance started at 12:30 in the evening to a full house.

Cliff Richard and the Drifters single “Living Doll” reached #1 in the UK charts and stayed there for six weeks.


The satirical book “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” written by Robert Burns was published.


Christopher Columbus discovered Trinity Islands.


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.