« The World Almanac Wakes up With Whoopi | Main | This Day In History: Aug. 1 »

This Day In History: July 31

This Day in History

1556: Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits ), dies in Rome.
1790: The U.S. Patent Office opens and issues the first U.S. patent.
1792: The cornerstone is laid for the Philadelphia Mint, the first U.S. government building.
1877: Thomas Edison receives a patent for his phonograph.
1914: In World War I, Germany declares war on Russia, France mobilizes its army and navy, and a general mobilization is declared for Austria-Hungary.
1948: New York International Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport) is dedicated at Idlewild Field in New York.
1987: In Mecca, Saudi police clash with Iranian pilgrims; more than 400 die.

Today's Birthdays

1900: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer and aviator (France; died 1944)
1912: Milton Friedman, economist/author (Brooklyn, NY)
1919: Curt Gowdy, sportscaster (Green River, WY; died 2006)
1929: Don Murray, actor (Hollywood, CA)
1939: France Nuyen, actress (Marseilles, France)
1943: William J. Bennett, former education secretary/drug czar and author (Brooklyn, NY)
1944: Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Santa Monica, CA). Sherry Lansing, producer (Chicago, IL)
1951: Evonne Goolagong, tennis champion (Griffith, Australia)
1963: Wesley Snipes, actor (Orlando, FL)
1965: J.K. Rowling, author (Bristol, England)
1966: Dean Cain, actor (Mount Clemens, MI)


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on July 31, 2007 7:36 AM.

The previous post in this blog was The World Almanac Wakes up With Whoopi.

The next post in this blog is This Day In History: Aug. 1.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.