31st July

The events happened on 31st July are :

1971 : Lunar Roving Vehicle first used on the Moon : Apollo 15 was launched July 26, 1971, and landed near Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains 744 km (462 miles) north of the lunar equator. On this day, U.S. astronauts James B. Irwin and David Scott first used the Lunar Roving Vehicle, a four-wheeled, battery-powered vehicle, to extensively explore the Moon's surface. Apollo 15 returned on August 7, 1971, with 77 kg (170 pounds) of lunar material.

1994 : A UN Security Council resolution authorized the use of “all necessary means” to restore democracy to Haiti.

1948 : President Harry S. Truman dedicated Idlewild Airport as New York International Airport; in 1963 it was rededicated as John F. Kennedy International Airport.

1667 : The Treaty of Breda ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War and transferred New Netherland (New York and New Jersey) to England.

1556 : St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic church, died in Rome.

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