On this day: July 31

POSTED: 08:36 PM PDT Jul 30, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 30, 2016 

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 - Michael Phelps
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2012: Michael Phelps (second from left) wins a gold medal as part of the U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the Summer Olympics in London, England. The medal was his 19th Olympic medal, breaking the record set in 1964 by Larisa Latynina for the most Olympic medals won. He would win three more at the 2012 games, for a total of 22 in his career, including 18 golds.


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