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   July 31

   1498: Columbus sights La Trinidad, Christopher Columbus, on his third
   voyage to the New World, first sighted the island he called La
   Trinidad. Upon his return to Spain, he told the King about the island
   -- describing it as very lush and pleasant. Spain ruled Trinidad and
   nearby Tobago until 1797, Britain took over. Trinidad and Tobago
   became independent in 1962.

   1777: Major General Lafayette, The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old
   French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental

   1792: U.S. Mint cornerstone, The cornerstone for the first federal
   government building was laid in Philadelphia. It was the cornerstone
   for the U.S. Mint.

   1875: Andrew Johnson d., the 17th president of the United States,
   Andrew Johnson, died in Carter Station, Tennessee, at age 66.

   1919: Weimar Constitution, Germany's Weimar Constitution was adopted.

   1948: NY International, President Truman helped dedicate New York
   International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at
   Idlewild Field.

   1953: Sen. Taft d., Senator Robert A. Taft of Ohio, known as "Mr.
   Republican," died in New York at age 63.

   1964: Ranger Seven transmits, the American space probe "Ranger Seven"
   transmitted pictures of the moon's surface.

   1972: McGovern loses a VP, American vice presidential choice of
   Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern Sen. Thomas Eagleton,
   D-Mo., withdrew from the ticket. Six days earlier, Eagleton had
   revealed that he had previously been hospitalized for psychiatric

   1974: Ehrlichman sentenced, Watergate figure John Ehrlichman was
   sentenced to 20 months in prison for his role in the break-in at the
   office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. Ellsberg was the Pentagon
   consultant who leaked the "Pentagon Papers," documents about the war
   in Vietnam.

   1981: Torrijos d., The leader of Panama, General Omar Torrijos, was
   killed in a plane crash.


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