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 - Fidel Castro
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2006: Fidel Castro hands over power to brother Raúl Castro while recovering from surgery he underwent due to intestinal problems. Although the move was described as temporary, Raul Castro would remain acting president until February 2008 when he was chosen as his brother's successor.

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