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July 31: This Day That Year

Updated: Aug 10

July 31

- 1803 - Birthday: John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), born in Langban, Sweden

- 1861 - India: 930 cm (world record) rainfall in Cherrapunji, Assam.

- 1875 - Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), dies of a stroke (born December 29, 1808, age 66).

- 1951 - Japan Airlines was established.

- 1961 - Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant.

- 1965 - Cigarette advertising/commercials banned on British TV.

- 1965 - Birthday: Joanne K. Rowling, English writer (Harry Potter novels), born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England.

- 1988 - Last playboy club closes in Lansing, Michigan, USA.

- 2012 - India: Another power grid failure in 2 days leaves 670 million people without electricity.

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