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July 31 Birthdays

J. K. Rowling
1965–, writer

S. S. Kresge
merchant, philanthropist (1867)

Jean Dubuffet
painter and sculptor (1901)

Milton Friedman
economist (1912)

Whitney M. Young, Jr.
social reformer (1921)

Wesley Snipes
actor, producer (1962)

July 31 in History


Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad.


The Marquis de Lafayette became a major-general in the American Continental Army.


The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process of making fertilizer.


Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, died in Tennessee.


Mount Godwin-Austen (K2), the world's second-highest peak, was climbed for the first time, by an Italian team led by Ardito Desio.


The U.S. space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the Moon’s surface.

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