Berlin (dpa) - The current calendar page for July 31, 2020:

31st calendar week, 213rd day of the year

153 days until the end of the year

Astrological sign Leo

Name day: Germanus, Ignatius, Justinus

HISTORICAL DATA

2019 - In Siberia, fires are raging on an area the size of the German state of Brandenburg. Russian President Vladimir Putin sends military to curb fire. Clouds of smoke spread to the USA and Canada.

2017 - Hasan Salihamidzic becomes FC Bayern's new sports director. The 40-year-old ex-football professional is the successor to Matthias Sammer.

2015 - The International Olympic Committee awards the 2022 Winter Games to Beijing - the first city to host Winter Games after the Summer Games.

2010 - The Unesco World Heritage Committee in Brasília declares the Harz water management to be a World Heritage Site. The water system generated energy for mining 800 years ago.

2005 - In a garage in Brieskow-Finkenheerd (Brandenburg) nine baby corpses are discovered during clearing out. They are in an aquarium filled with sand, in buckets and flower boxes. The mother is later sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter.

2002 - Franziska van Almsick wins another European title at the European Swimming Championships in Berlin for the first time since 1995. She won over 100 meters freestyle in a set German record time of 54.39 seconds.

2000 - Federal Minister of Labor Walter Riester (SPD) presents the first «Green Card» to an Indonesian computer specialist in Nuremberg. The program with the special work permit for specialists officially starts on August 1st.

1970 - Free ration is issued on British warships for the last time. The daily free drink for sailors and mates was a centuries-old tradition, but according to the Admiralty it no longer fits into the image of the modern Navy.

1945 - After a devastating explosion in a collective camp for captured Wehrmacht ammunition in Aussig (Usti) in the Czechoslovakia, many Germans are gruesome, who are blamed for the "sabotage act". German and Czech historians estimate the death toll to be at least 50, probably 100 and up to 220.

BIRTHDAYS

1965 - Joanne K. Rowling (55), British writer ("Harry Potter")

1942 - Hartmut Mehdorn (78), German manager, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG 1999-2009

1940 - Frido Mann (80), German psychologist and writer ("Roller Coaster - A Way of Life"), grandson of Thomas Mann

1933 - Cees Nooteboom (87), Dutch writer («The Following Story», «All Souls' Day)

1930 - Oleg Popow, Russian clown and comedian, long-time star of the Moscow State Circus, died 2016

DEATH DAYS

2005 - Wim Duisenberg, Dutch bank manager, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) 1998-2003, born 1935

1980 - Pascual Jordan, German physicist, co-founder of quantum mechanics; 1957-1961 Member of the Bundestag of the CDU, born 1902

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