July 31: Day of the Week
July 31, 2019 was the 212nd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 153 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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Here’s the July calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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July 31 Historical Event(s)
- 1009Pope Sergius IV becomes the 142nd pope, succeeding Pope John XVIII.
- 1201Attempted usurpation of John Komnenos the Fat.
- 1423Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Cravant – the French army is defeated at Cravant on the banks of the river Yonne.
- 1498On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad.
- 1655Russo-Polish War (1654-1667): the Russian army enters the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vilnius, which it holds for six years.
- 1658Aurangzeb is proclaimed Moghul emperor of India.
- 1790The very first U.S. patent is issued: to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
- 1865The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
- 1913The Balkan States signs an armistice at Bucharest.
- 1999Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector – NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.
Who were born on July 31?
- 1892Joseph Charbonneau, French-Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop (d. 1959)
- 1920James Esdras Faust, American religious leader (d. 2007)
- 1921Donald Malarkey, American World War II hero
- 1922Hank Bauer, American baseball player and manager (d. 2007)
- 1926Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (d. 2011)
- 1959Andrew Marr, British journalist and political commentator
- 1963Brian Skrudland, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1972Giorgos Kapoutzidis, Greek screenwriter and actor
- 1973Fabulous Flournoy American basketball player and coach Newcastle Eagles
- 1975Randy Flores, American baseball player
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