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On this day in history - July 31

What Happened On This Day – July 31

  • 1998 The British government bans landmines

    The move came after the public pressurized the parliament to pass the Landmines Act.

  • 1992 Thai Airways International Flight 311 crashes while approaching Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    All 113 people onboard were killed in the crash.

  • 1991 US and USSR sign Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

    The treaty, also known as START I, limited the number of nuclear weapons and missiles the signatories could deploy. It came into force in December 1994, and expired 15 years later in 2009.

  • 1981 First female president of the US National Bar Association is appointed

    Arnette R. Hubbard became the first woman to preside over the US National Bar Association, the country's largest group of association of African-American lawyers and judges.

  • 1917 Third Battle of Ypres begins

    Also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, the battle was part of World War I and took place between July 31 and November 6 for control of the Belgian city of Ypres.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
July 31

  • 1965 J. K. Rowling

    English author

  • 1962 Wesley Snipes

    American martial artist, actor, producer

  • 1919 Primo Levi

    Italian chemist, author

  • 1912 Milton Friedman

    American economist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1884 Carl Friedrich Goerdeler

    German politician

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Deaths On This Day,
July 31

  • 2012 Gore Vidal

    American author, screenwriter, actor

  • 1980 Mohammed Rafi

    Indian actor, singer

  • 1964 Jim Reeves

    American singer-songwriter

  • 1944 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    French writer

  • 1875 Andrew Johnson

    American politician, 17th President of the United States