July 31st: 2022

View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

1786 – The satirical book “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” by Robert Burns was published.
Celebrity : birthdays
Bill Berry, drummer/songwriter (R.E.M) 64; Sue Jenkins, actress, 64; Andrew Marr, journalist, 63; Kim Newman, journalist, 63; Pete Tong, DJ, 62; Wesley Snipes, actor, 60; Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook), DJ/Musician, 59; Jim Corr, musician (The Corrs) 58; J K (Joanne) Rowling, writer, 57; Dean Cain, actor, 56; Antonio, Conte, football manager, 53; Michael Eklund, actor, 50; Terri (Teresa) Dwyer, actress/TV presenter, 49; Emilia Fox, actress, 48; Paulo Wanchope, footballer, 46; Will Champion, drummer (Coldplay) 44; Titus Bramble, footballer, 41; Rico Rodriguez, actor, 24.

What : day is it

July 31st celebrates Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day, Jump for Jelly Beans Day and Avocado Day.
This day : in history

1786 – The satirical book “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect” by Robert Burns was published. 

1956 – Yorkshire born cricketer Jim Laker (who played for Surrey) became the first man to take all 10 wickets in a Test match innings as he returned figures of 10 wickets for 53 runs against Australia’s in the second innings at Old Trafford, Manchester. His match figures for the two innings gave him an incredible 19 wickets for a mere 90 Australian runs.

1959 – Cliff Richard had his first British No.1 with ‘Living Doll’.

1968 – The first episode (entitled The Man and the Hour) of Dad’s Army, a British comedy about the Home Guard in the Second World War. The TV series regularly gained audiences of 18 million viewers during the 1970s and is still repeated today.

1969 – The pre-decimal half penny ceased being legal tender. It had been a regular feature of British coinage since the 13th century.

1970 – Black Tot Day occurred On This Day. It was the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy that dated back to 1665. It was poured as usual at 6 bells in the forenoon watch (11am) after the pipe of ‘up spirits’. Some sailors wore black armbands, tots were ‘buried at sea’ and in one navy training camp there was a mock funeral procession complete with black coffin and accompanying drummers and piper.

1972 – The British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the no-go areas controlled by the Provisional IRA. On the same day, nine civilians are killed when three car bombs explode in Claudy, Co Londonderry.

1973 – Militant Protestants, led by Rev Ian Paisley, disrupted the first sitting of the new Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast.

1990 – In the England v India Test Match at Lords, a total of 1603 runs were scored, in exactly 1603 minutes.

1992 – The death of Leonard Cheshire, the British pilot and philanthropist who created the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.

1998 – The British Government announced a total ban on landmines, a month before the first anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

1999 – NASA intentionally crashes the Lunar Prospector into the Moon, ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.

2009 – The death (aged 76) of Sir Robert William “Bobby” Robson CBE, English footballer and football manager. He was manager of Newcastle from September 1999 to 30th August 2004.

2012 – The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips wins a silver medal as part of the GB Olympic Equestrian team and Michael Phelps becomes the greatest medal winner in Olympic history as part of the winning American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team.

2019 – Russian President Vladimir Putin orders the Russian army to help put out huge wildfires in Siberia covering three million hectares (7.4 million acres) after 700,000 people sign petition. On the same day, US officials announce Osama bin Laden’s son and potential successor Hamza has been killed in US air strikes in Pakistan.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1970, the Royal Navy stopped its issue of daily rum to its sailors? This was mainly due to problems of drunkenness aboard their naval vessels.

The Capital of Mexico is Mexico City

You can’t have a depressing scene in a movie without extreme close-ups and rain.

The biggest film of 1949: Samson and Delilah (Drama)

Clark Kent (Superman) is the male movie counterpart to the girl who takes off her glasses, and everyone realizes she’s pretty. #movies

Alan Napier, the actor who played Alfred in the 1960s version of Batman, was the show’s only cast member who had never heard of Batman and had no idea who the character was before the show began filming.

The Capital of Mauritius is Port Louis

I think Freud would have something to say about all of the people who upload pictures of their attractive mothers onto Facebook.

“I suggest you not underestimate the staggering drawing power of the Garden State, and show up two hours in advance.” – Ticket Lady #moviequotes

There are 18 different animal shapes in the animal cracker zoo.

TV Quotes… “Up your nose with a rubber hose” (Vinnie Barbarino) on “Welcome Back, Kotter”

Helen Keller was once a pupil of Alexander Graham Bell at his school for the deaf.

Birthday : quotes

“Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.” – Mark Cuban

“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.” – Milton Friedman

“I never took myself too seriously.” – Curt Gowdy

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.” – William Bennett

“Every man is our brother, and every man’s burden is our own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes, all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal.” – Whitney M. Young

“It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.” – Mark Cuban

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – J.K. Rowling

“One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” – Milton Friedman

“The songwriters whom we think of being the greatest songwriters usually write one hit and six or seven flops.” – Ahmet Ertegun

Disclaimer: All content on this website is provided "as is". Whilst we do link to reputable and well known sources, Radio Essentials will not be held responsible for the inaccuracy of posts provided on our feeds via the sources we link to.

© 2023 Radio Essentials / Privacy Policy