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On This Day in History - 31st July


1803John Ericsson, American naval engineer
1927Peter Nichols, English author
1929Lynne Reid Banks, English writer
1944Jonathon Dimbleby, Broadcaster
1944Geraldine Chaplin, Actress & daughter of Charlie
1951Evonne Crawley, Australian tennis player


1943Jim Reeves, the American country and western singer, died in an aircrash
1950Sainsbury's opened Britains first self-service store
1954The Mountain K2 was climbed for the first time by an Italian team
1964Spacecraft Ranger 7 transmited the first close-up photographs of the Moons surface
1965The advertising of cigarettes on British television was banned
1969The halfpenny ceased to be legal tender in Britain
1973The Ulster Assembly, Northern Ireland, sat for the first time