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On this day: July 31

POSTED: 08:36 PM PDT Jul 30, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 30, 2013 

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 - Health Education And Welfare
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Department of Health and Human Services

1953: The Department of Health, Education and Welfare is created. The agency was the precursor to the Department of Health and Human Services, which it became in 1979 when the separate Department of Education was formed.

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