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Today In History - July 31

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Today in History in 1498 Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Trinidad on his third voyage; in 1876 the U.S. Coast Guard Officer’s Training School was established in New Bedford, Mass.; and in 1971 the Apollo 15 astronauts take a 6-1/2 hour electric car ride in the Moon.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 30 BC - Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide.
  • 1498 - Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad
  • 1703 - Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.
  • 1864 - Ulysses S. Grant is named General of Volunteers
  • 1876 - US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford MA)
  • 1928 - 1st woman to win a track and field Olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland
  • 1930 - Lou Gehrig grand slams as Yanks beat Red Sox 14-13
  • 1938 - Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis.
  • 1971 - Apollo 15 astronauts take 6½ hour electric car ride on Moon
  • 2006 - Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro. This leads to a celebration in Little Havana (La Pequeña Habana in Spanish), Miami, Florida, where many Cuban Americans participated.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1919 - Curt Gowdy, Green River Wyo, sportscaster (ABC)
  • 1929 - Don Murray, California, actor (Bus Stop, Advise & Consent, Endless Love)
  • 1932 - Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1944 - Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1946 - Gary Lewis, Jerry's son, singer, (& The Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • 1951 - Barry Van Dyke, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1957 - Dirk Blocker, actor (Baa Baa Black Sheep, Ryan's Four), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 - Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood
  • 1951 - Musician Ray Charles (20) weds Eileen Williams in Georgia
  • 1954 - "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)
  • 1964 - George Lascelles marries Patricia Tuckwell
  • 1985 - Bee Gees member Robin Gibb (35) weds author and artist Dwina Murphy
  • 1999 - Actor Patrick Dempsey (33) weds makeup artist Jillian Fink
  • 1999 - NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh
  • 2004 - "Ed" actor Tom Cavanagh (35) weds "Sports Illustrated" photo editor Maureen Grise (33) at a 19th-century, cedar-shingled Roman Catholic church in Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • 2010 - R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys (31) weds Grammy Award winning rapper Swizz Beatz (33) at a private home on the French island of Corsica
  • 2010 - Daughter of former US President Bill Clinton Chelsea Clinton (30) weds investment banker Marc Mezvinsky (32) at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York

Famous Divorces

  • 1980 - Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 54 BC - Aurelia Cotta, mother of Julius Caesar, dies at 66
  • 1784 - Denis Diderot, French writer/philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1875 - Andrew Johnson, 17th president, dies in Tennessee at 66
  • 1886 - Franz Liszt [Ferencz], Hungarian pianist/composer, dies at 74
  • 1964 - Jim Reeves, US country singer, dies in air crash at 39
  • 1980 - Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
  • 2012 - Gore Vidal, American author, dies from pneumonia at 86
  • 2013 - Michael Ansara, American actor, dies at 91

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