July 31st History, Trivia and Fun Facts
July 31st History Highlights
July 31st is...
National Avocado Day
National Cotton Candy Day
National Jump for Jelly Beans Day
July 31st Quotes
"Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are
going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara
Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."
"I never took myself too seriously."
"There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes."
"Every man is our brother, and every mans burden is
our own. Where poverty exists, all are poorer. Where hate flourishes,
all are corrupted. Where injustice reins, all are unequal."
"It's not in the dreaming, it's in the doing."
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if
one only remembers to turn on the light."
"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs
by their intentions rather than their results."
"The songwriters whom we think of being the greatest songwriters
usually write one hit and six or seven flops."
July 31st Birthdays
1858 Marion Talbot, influential American educator (d. 1948)
1886 Fred Quimby, American animation producer (d. 1965)
1912 Milton Friedman, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2006)
1919 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and actor (d. 2006)
1921 Whitney Young, American activist (d. 1971)
1923 Ahmet Ertegun, Turkish-American songwriter and producer, founded Atlantic Records (d. 2006)
1932 Ted Cassidy, American actor (d. 1979)
1943 Lobo (Roland Kent LaVoie), American singer-songwriter
1943 William Bennett, American journalist and politician
1958 Mark Cuban, American businessman
1965 J. K. Rowling, English author and film producer
1966 Dean Cain, American actor
1978 Zac Brown, American country singer-songwriter
1979 B.J. Novak, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter
1981 M. Shadows, American musician, lead singer of Avenged Sevenfold
July 31st History
781 - The oldest recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
1492 - Jews were expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree took effect.
1790 - The first US patent (X000001) as issued, to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
1930 - The radio mystery program The Shadow aired for the first time.
1931 - New York television station W2XAB (now known as WCBS) began broadcasting.
1948 - Idlewild Field in New York, New York International Airport (now John F. Kennedy International Airport) was dedicated.
1961 - At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in Major League Baseball history happened, after the game was stopped in the ninth inning because of rain.
1971 - #1 Hit July 31, 1971 - August 6, 1971: James Taylor - You've Got a Friend
July 31, 1980 Birthday (fictional) Harry Potter, Harry Potter
July 31, 1989 - Game Boy released, Video game
1995 - The Walt Disney Company announced their plans to purchase both ABC and ESPN
1999 - #1 Hit July 31, 1999 - September 3, 1999: Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle
2003 - Broadway Show - Avenue Q (Musical) July 31, 2003
2006 - Cuba's Fidel Castro handed over power to brother, Raul Castro.
2010 - #1 Hit July 31, 2010 - September 17, 2010: Eminem featuring Rihanna - Love the Way You Lie
2015 - Millions of people went outside and looked up, and when they came back in they said, "They lied to us. That moon's not blue."
2015 - Descendants aired on The Disney Channel
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
"So, when you divide the world into music lovers, music fans and then those people who are just very casual about their music, it's wallpaper to them, it's elevator music, it's just the thing that's playing in the background that helps them through their day." - Michael Stipe
The Capital of Mexico is Mexico City
You can't have a depressing scene in a movie without extreme close-ups and rain.
Biggest film of 1949: Samson and Delilah (Drama) earned ~ $29,000,000
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 .
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