July 31 – On This Day In History

31 July

What happened today in history?

  • 1588 – Spanish Armada spotted off the coast of England.
  • 1956 – Jim Laker becomes the first person to take all 10 wickets in a cricket Test match innings.
  • 2012 – Michael Phelps takes his tally of Olympic medals to 22 – the highest total ever won by one person.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1929 – Lynne Reid Banks – British writer (The Indian in the Cupboard).
  • 1962 – Wesley Snipes – US actor (Blade, White Men Can’t Jump).
  • 1965 – J. K. Rowling – British novelist (Harry Potter).

 

Who died today?

  • 2009 – Bobby Robson – English footballer and manager.
  • 2012 – Gore Vidal – American writer.

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