Today in History for 31st July 2019

Historical Events

1941 – U-boats sink and damage 21 allied ships this month (80,521 tons)
1948 – American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating team mate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
1961 – PGA Championship, Olympia Fields CC: Jerry Barber wins his only major title in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Don January (67-68)
1983 – Dutch July average temperature is 20.1°C; warmest July since 1852
1988 – Jose Canseco is 1st to hit 30 HRs in 1st 3 years
1994 – Stockholm averages 21.5°C; the warmest July since 1855

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Famous Birthdays

1808 – Frederick Crouch, English-born composer, born in London, England (d. 1896)
1830 – František Zdeněk Skuherský, Czech composer, born in Opočno, Bohemia (d. 1892)
1860 – Mary Vaux Walcott, American artist and naturalist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
1916 – Verdun Scott, NZ cricketer and rugby player, born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
1927 – Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, born in Zurich (d. 1988)
1939 – John R. West, rock guitarist (Gary Lewis and Playboys-This Diamond Ring), born in Uhrichsville, Ohio

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Famous Deaths

1648 – Benedictus J van Haeften, poet (Regia thru Crucis), dies at about 60
1917 – Francis Ledwidge, Irish poet (b. 1881)
1961 – Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame), dies at 77
1992 – G Harold Carswell, supreme court justice candidate 1970, dies at 72
2001 – Friedrich Franz, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (b. 1910)
2016 – Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88

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