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On this day: July 31

Published: Jul 30 2012 11:36:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 31 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Mt. Fuji erupts, the Apollo 15 astronauts go for a ride, major-league baseball players end their strike, and Michael Phelps swims into Olympic history, all on this day.

OTD July 31 - Mount Fuji
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A.D. 781: The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji in Japan takes place.

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