TODAY IN HISTORY
July 31, 1777
During the Revolutionary War, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a majorgeneral in the American Continental Army.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1930
The radio character “The Shadow” made his debut as narrator of the “Detective Story Hour” on CBS Radio.
The Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations designed to detect Soviet bombers approaching North America, went into operation.
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Thomas Eagleton withdrew from the ticket with George McGovern following disclosures that Eagleton had once undergone psychiatric treatment.
President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Moscow.