31st July in history

31st July in history

Joanne Rowling, better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British author, philanthropist, film producer, television producer, and screenwriter born on this day in 1965.

Did you know that:

• Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad on his third voyage on this day in 1498
• “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect” by Robert Burns was published by John Wilson in Kilmarnock, Scotland on this day in 1786
• Samuel Hopkins was issued the first U.S. patent for manufacturing potash on this day in 1790

// Compiled by Zoya Siddiqui

Zoya Siddiqui

Zoya is a fledgling journalist with a natural penchant for wordsmithery and a soft corner for environment and wildlife. A literature student, she contributes articles on history, environment and latest fads.

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