On this day: July 31

POSTED: 09:36 PM MDT Jul 30, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Jul 31, 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 - Rowdy Roddy Piper
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2015: Professional wrestler and actor "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, who often played the villain as a wrestler, dies in his sleep at the age of 61 from a heart attack triggered by a blood clot in his lungs. Piper, who was born Roderick George Toombs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, was billed as coming from Glasgow, Scotland, due to his Scottish heritage and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He was also known for his appearance in numerous B-grade movies, most notably 1988's "They Live."


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