Thursday, the 31st of July, 2014 is the 212th day in 2014 and in the 31st calendar week.
General Events:
Harry Potter’s Birthday
July 31, 2014 in the World
 
If you’re a Potterhead, then you already know that July 31 is Harry Potter’s birthday! (Not surprisingly, it is also the birthday of J.K. Rowling, Harry’s literary creator.) If you haven’t already planned your festivities for the day, it’s not too late. Perhaps you can celebrate by settling in with your closest friends and enjoying a Harry Potter movie marathon.
 
You can be the envy of all your other Potterhead friends by serving up some delicious Harry Potter treats like acid pops, licorice wands or jelly slugs.
 
Mutt’s Day 2014
July 31, 2014 in the World
Mutt’s Day is observed on July 31, 2014. A mongrel, mutt, or mixed-breed dog is a dog that belongs to no single organizationally recognized breed and is not the result of selective breeding. Mutt is commonly used in the U.S.A and Canada, often in an affectionate manner.
When breeds mix, their offspring manifest a wide variety of appearances; some resembling one breed closely, while others clearly exhibit features of both. However, as mixed breeds continue to interbreed, subsequent generations moderate toward a roughly similar appearance.
Where is Mutt’s Day?
Worldwide
National Jump for Jelly Beans Day
July 31, 2014 in the USA
It’s National Jump for Jelly Beans Day! Today, we encourage candy-lovers everywhere to jump for joy and show your appreciation for jelly beans. These tiny candies evolved from an ancient confection called “Turkish delight,” which was one of the earliest forms of hard candy. Our modern-day jelly beans gained popularity during the American Civil War. A candy company in Boston began marketing jelly beans as the perfect treat to send to soldiers, and soon everyone was hooked. One of the most famous jelly bean fans is President Ronald Reagan. He served them at his inauguration!
To celebrate National Jump for Jelly Beans Day, treat yourself to a delicious handful of jelly beans. Jump for joy when you stumble upon your favorite flavor!
Where is National Jump for Jelly Beans Day?
Nationwidw USA
Historical Events:
30 BC – Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian’s forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide.
781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6, 781).
1291 – Egyptian Mamelukken occupies Akko, crusaders driven out of Palestine
1498 – Christopher Columbus on his third voyage discovers the island of Trinidad
1658 – Aurangzeb appoints himself Mongol emperor
1703 – Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers.
1751 – Fire in Stockholm destroys 1,000 houses
1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon
1865 – The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia.
1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat
1914 – German Emperor Wilhelm II threatens war, orders Russia to demobilize
1925 – Unemployment Insurance Act passed in Britain
1938 – Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis.
1958 – Anti-Chinese uprising in Tibet
1960 – Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, calls for a black state
1962 – Federation of Malaysia forms
1970 – Black Tot Day: the last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy.
1976 – Seychelles Independence (Independence day)
1987 – A rare, class F-4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage.
1988 – Last Playboy club closes (Lansing Michigan)
1990 – Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence
1991 – Senate votes to allow women to fly combat aircraft
1999 – Discovery Program: Lunar Prospector – NASA intentionally crashes the spacecraft into the Moon, thus ending its mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface.