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Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 31 - This Day in History

July 31: General Interest
1975: Jimmy Hoffa disappears

On July 31, 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labor leaders of the 20th century, disappears in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit... read more

American Revolution
1777 : Marquis de Lafayette becomes a major-general without pay

1916 : "First Lady" of NASCAR Louise Smith born

Civil War
1816 : Union General George Thomas is born in Virginia

Cold War
1953 : Senator Robert A. Taft dies

1975 : Jimmy Hoffa vanishes

1715 : Hurricane sinks Spanish treasure ships

General Interest
1556 : Ignatius of Loyola dies

1945 : Fugitive Vichy leader surrenders in Austria

1964 : Ranger 7 photographs moon

1965 : J.K. Rowling born

1703 : Daniel Defoe is put in the pillory

1923 : Ahmet Ertegun is born in Istanbul, Turkey

Old West
1937 : Apache scout Martine dies

1875 : Former President Andrew Johnson dies

1990 : Nolan Ryan wins 300th game

Vietnam War
1964 : Agreement on conduct of war

1972 : Hanoi claims that U.S. bombers have struck dikes

World War I
1917 : Third Battle of Ypres begins in Flanders

World War II
1941 : Goering orders Heydrich to prepare for the Final Solution
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