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On This Day: July 31st

This is 212th day of the year and 153 days remain in the year.

in history
1498
Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad.
1777
The Marquis de Lafayette became a major-general in the American Continental Army.
1790
The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process of making fertilizer.
1875
Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, died in Tennessee.
1954
Mount Godwin-Austen (K2), the world's second-highest peak, was climbed for the first time, by an Italian team led by Ardito Desio.
1964
The U.S. space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the Moon’s surface.
July 31 BirthdaysJ. K. Rowling1965–, writer

Whitney M. Young, Jr.social reformer
S. S. Kresgemerchant, philanthropist
Milton Friedmaneconomist
Wesley Snipesactor, producer
Jean Dubuffetpainter and sculptor



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