1856 – Christchurch, New Zealand was chartered as a city on the 31st July 1856.
1944 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry the French pilot and writer died on the 31st July 1944 (born 1900).
1951 – Evonne Goolagong the Australian tennis player was born on the 31st July 1951.
1953 – Ted Baillieu the 46th Premier of Victoria in Australia was born on the 31st July 1953.
1962 – Wesley Snipes the American martial artist, actor, and producer was born on the 31st July 1962.
1964 – Ranger 7 sent back the 1st close-up photographs of the moon on the 31st July 1964, with images 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from the earth-bound telescopes.
1965 – J. K. Rowling the British novelist was born on the 31st July 1965.
1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts became the 1st to ride in a lunar rover on the 31st July 1971.
1989 – Victoria Azarenka the Belarusian tennis player was born on the 31st July 1989.
2012 – Michael Phelps broke the record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the greatest number of medals won at the Olympics on the 31st July 2012.
Today in History for July 31st ~ video presented by the Associated Press…