31 July 1965
Joanne Rowling (who later wrote as JKR) was born at the Cottage Hospital in Yate
, near Chipping Sodbury
, the elder child of parents both aged twenty, who had got married that March.
4 November 2001
The film of JKR's first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
, directed by Chris Columbus and produced by David Heyman, premiered in the UK to great fanfare, opening a wildly successful series.