On This Day: July 31st
This is 213th day of the year and 153 days remain in the year.
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.
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.
July 31 BirthdaysJ. K. Rowling
Whitney M. Young, Jr.social reformer
S. S. Kresgemerchant, philanthropist
Wesley Snipesactor, producer
Jean Dubuffetpainter and sculptor