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  • Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad." class="wp-simple-rss-link">July 31, 1498: Columbus arrived at the island of Trinidad.

  • Marquis de Lafayette became a major-general in the American Continental Army." class="wp-simple-rss-link">July 31, 1777: The Marquis de Lafayette became a major-general in the American Continental Army.

  • Vermont for a process of making fertilizer." class="wp-simple-rss-link">July 31, 1790: 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." class="wp-simple-rss-link">July 31, 1875: 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." class="wp-simple-rss-link">July 31, 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.

  • Moon’s surface." class="wp-simple-rss-link">July 31, 1964: The U.S. space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the Moon’s surface.

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