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MILESTONES: July 31 birthdays for Wesley Snipes, J.K. Rowling, Dean Cain

July 31, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Knots Landing” star Don Murray, who was born in 1929; “The Bold and the Beautiful” star Susan Flannery, who was born in 1939; “Doctor Zhivago” star Geraldine Chaplin, who was born in 1944; former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing, who was born in 1944; “The Terminator” star Michael Biehn, who was born in 1952; lawyer and media personality Ron Kuby, who was born in 1956; Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was born in 1958; jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan, who was born in 1959; “Blade” star Wesley Snipes, who was born in 1962; “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, who was born in 1965; “Lois & Clark” star Dean Cain, who was born in 1966; Pro Football Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden, who was born in 1974; and “Pitch Perfect” star Alexis Knapp, who was born in 1989. 


A NEW CREATION: The U.S. Patent Office opened on this day in 1790. The first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making pearl ash and potash. The patent was signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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ECONOMY CLASS: Milton Friedman was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1912. The Nobel Prize-winning economist and author became a professor at the University of Chicago, where he did some of his best-known work. He was a member of the Chicago school of economic thought, which advanced influential free-market theories, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988. He died in 2006.


Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.





“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program.”

— Milton Friedman, who was born on this day in 1912

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