July 31 in the history of the Birmingham District:
- 2014: The 2014 Helena plane crash injured four people.
- 2007: BPD officer Nolan Shivers retired with 49 years of service.
- 2005: Singer Bo Bice broke his foot during a performance in Manchester, New Hampshire.
- 1997: Center Point 6 cinemas were closed.
- 1991: Compass Bank acquired Promenade Bancshares of Richardson, Texas.
- 1990: The Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club announced that Louis Willie had become its first African-American member.
- 1977: Country singer Marty Robbins set a track speed record of 64.645 miles per hour for the electric Sears XDH-1 at the Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega.
- 1975: Pizitz opened their Brookwood Village store.
- 1964: Ollie McClung filed a challenge to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
- 1886: The cornerstone of Temple Emanu-El at 17th Street and 5th Avenue North was laid.
- 1962: Political strategist Stephen Gordon was born.
- 1955: Birmingham Bulls left winger Gilles Bilodeau was born in Saint-Prime, Quebec.
- 1950: Government and college administrator Frank Topping was born.
- 1937: Bar owner T. C. Cannon was born.
- 1916: Infielder and Southern League president Billy Hitchcock was born in Bullock County.
- 1867: Banker J. M. P. Otts Jr was born.
- 2008: Harpist Alice Chalifoux died in Winchester, Virginia.
- 1994: Berry High School head football coach Bob Finley died.
- 1841: Pioneer pastor Hosea Holcombe died at Fort Jonesboro.