Born on this Day 31st July
1803 John Ericsson
1931 Kenny Burrell
1944 Geraldine Chaplin
1944 Jonathan Dimbleby
1953 Hugh McDowell
1957 Daniel Ash
1962 Wesley Snipes
1965 J.K. Rowling
1966 Dean Cain
Died on this Day
1886 Franz Liszt
1994 Anne Shelton
2001 John Walters
1970 The Rolling Stones contract with Decca Records expired
1970 James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend’. Taylor scored 90 other solo US top 40 hits during the 1970’s.
1878 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club was founded.
1993 Former Wales soccer player Mickey Thomas from Mochdore, Clwyd, was jailed for 18 months for his involvement in supplying counterfeit money.
People & Showbiz
1984 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber received an apology for libel over an article in the Daily Mail which attacked his professionalism as a musical producer.
1989 Scientists who were investigating 98 crop-circles on 2 hilltops in Llanthony, near Abergavenny, Gwent, discovered that had been mowed by a local farmer to encourage more grouse to settle.
1942 Oxfam was founded, with the first meeting under its original name, the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, at the Friend’s Meeting House in Oxford. The charity was formed to help the growing numbers of European refugees.
1988 The British Medical Association asked the government for guidelines on the use of animal organs for transplants.
1989 Under Secretary of State for the Environment Virginia Bottomley announced that Britain was to spend £10 million on research in an attempt to understand weather and climatic change.
1992 Russia announced that it was suffering a condom shortage due to condom factories running out of rubber.
1995 The British Trust for Ornithology said that 10 bird species commonly associated with farmland had dropped in number by more than 50% in the last 25 years.
1997 The government announced plans for a new Data Protection Bill which would enable people inundated with junk mail to raise objections free of charge if they object to their personal data being used for marketing purposes.
1997 BT angered the City by announcing cuts of up to 5,000 jobs. The announcement came only days after the company announced it had been making profits of £100 a second over the previous 3 months.