On Your Birthday: July 31



1792 – The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the first building to be used only as a government building.

1928 – MGM’s “Leo the Lion” roared for the first time to introduced MGM’s first talking picture, “White Shadows on the South Seas.”

1948 – U.S. President Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport at Idlewild Field. It was later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in December of 1963.

1955 – Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel at the age of 17.

1964 – The American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon’s surface.

1971 – Astronauts rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle.

1981 – The seven-week baseball players’ strike came to an end when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.

1984 – Leeza Gibbons makes her first appearance on Entertainment Tonight.

1988 – The last Playboy Club closes.

1989 – The Game Boy handheld video game was released in the U.S.

1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

1995 – The Walt Disney Company purchased Capital Cities/ABC for $19 billion.

1997 – TV ad legend Edith Fore, who cried, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” dies at the age of 81.

1998 – Nicolas Cage receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospect crashed into the moon. It was on a mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface. The craft had launched on January 6, 1998.

2007 – The iTunes Music Store reached 3 billion songs sold and 2 million feature length films sold.



John West 1939 – Musician (Gary Lewis and the Playboys)

Lobo (Roland Kent LaVoie) 1943 – Singer, songwriter

Susan Flannery 1939 – Actress (Played Stephanie Forrester on “The Bold and the Beautiful”, played Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on “Days of Our Lives”)

Geraldine Chaplin 1944 – Actress (“Dr. Zhivago”, “Nashville”, “Welcome to LA”, “Chaplin”)

Bob Welch 1946 – Musician (Fleetwood Mac)

Gary Lewis 1946 – Musician (Gary Lewis and the Playboys)

Karl Green 1947 – Musician (Herman’s Hermits)

Barry Van Dyke 1951 – Actor (Played Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan on TV’s “Diagnosis: Murder”). Son of Dick Van Dyke.

Evonne Goolagong 1951 – Tennis player

Alan Autry 1952 – Actor (“In the Heat of the Night”)

Bill Berry 1956 – Musician (R.E.M.)

Michael Biehn 1956 – Actor (“The Rock”, “Tombstone”, “The Abyss”, “Aliens”, “Terminator”, TV’s “Hill Street Blues”)

Wesley Snipes 1962 – Actor (“Blade” series, “Unstoppable”, “7 Seconds”, “White Men Can’t Jump”, “Demolition Man”, “The Fan”)

Fatboy Slim 1963 – Musician

J.K. Rowling 1965 – Author and one of the richest women in England (“Harry Potter” series)

Dean Cain 1966 – Actor (“Out of Time”, TV’s “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, TV host “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”)

Loren Dean 1969 – Actor (“Enemy of the State”)

Ben Chaplin 1970 – Actor (“The Truth About Cats and Dogs”, “Birthday Girl”, “Murder by Numbers”)

Annie Parisse 1975 – Actress (“Law and Order”)

Will Champion 1978 – Musician (Coldplay)

Zac Brown 1978 – Country music singer, musician

B.J. Novak 1979 – Actor (TV’s “The Office”, “The Newsroom”)



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