Historical Events for July 31

0781 – The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji (Traditional Japanese date: July 6,0781).
1498 – Christopher Columbus discovers island of Trinidad
1620 – Pilgrim Fathers depart (through England) to America
1774 – Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen
1777 – Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army
1790 – First U.S. patent is issued; granted to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
1809 – 1st practical U.S. railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars)
1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat
1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis
1930 – The radio mystery program The Shadow is aired for the first time.
1948 – Pres Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (Kennedy Airport), NY
1948 – “Brigadoon” closes at Ziegfeld Theater New York City after 581 performances
1951 – Japan Airlines is established
1954 – First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio.
1962 – Federation of Malaysia formed
1970 – Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends “Huntley-Brinkley Report”
1976 – Seychelles Independence, Independence day
1990 – Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence

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