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Historical Events In August - 31

Tuesday, 07 July 2020

1971  On August - 31 dave Scott becomes first person to drive a car on the Moon  

1972  On August - 31 olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics  

1973  On August - 31 the first heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)  

1973  John Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78 on August - 31.  

1974  On August - 31 william Pershing Benedict, American pilot  

1975  Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24 on August - 31.  

1976  On August - 31 kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81  

1977  Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524') on this day in history.  

1977  Ian Smith wins the Rhodesian general election with 80 per cent of the overwhelmingly white electorate's vote on August - 31.  

1978  On August - 31 symbionese Liberation Army founders William & Emily Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst  

1979  On August - 31 comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with the Sun  

1979  Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador on August - 31.  

1979  On August - 31 movie actress Sally Rand dies of heart failure at age 76 in Glendora, CAug 31,  

1979  E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies on this day in history.  

1980  Poland's Solidarity labor union founded on August - 31.  

1981  Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82 on this day in history.  

1984  On August - 31 pinklin Thomas defeats Tim Witherspoon for the WBC heavyweight title  

1985  Night Stalker suspect that terrorized S Calif captured in East LA on August - 31.  

1986  A private plane collides with an Aeromexico jet over Cerritos, CA, killing 82 people.Aug 31, on August - 31.  

1986  On this day in history aeromexico jet & small plane collide kill 82  

1986  On this day in history soviet passenger ship Adm Nakhimov, collides with a merchant vessel  

1986  Henry Moore, English sculptor/cartoonist, dies at 88 on this day in history.  

1987  On this day in history curtis Strange sets golf's earning for the year record ($697,385)  

1988  On August - 31 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins  

1988  A Delta Boeing 727 crashes during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, killing 14 passengers on August - 31.  

1990  Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies on this day in history.  

1991  Leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93 on August - 31.  

1993  Russians pull last 500 military personnel left from cold war, out of Lithuania on this day in history.  

1993  Gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter (communist), dies at 80 on this day in history.  

1994  On this day in history artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88  

1995  Beant Singh, PM of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73 on August - 31.  

1996  David Scott, priest, dies at 72 on August - 31.  

1997  On August - 31 diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36  

1999  A Boeing 737 jet crashes during takeoff from Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 72 people on this day in history.  

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Famous Birthdays In August - 31

Famous People Born On This Day In History

1569  Djehangir/Jahangir, great mogol of India was born on August - 31.  

1602  On August - 31 birth of amalia, countess of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Gov Frederik Hendrik  

1663  On August - 31 birth of guillaume Amontons, French physicist  

1696  Johann Paul Kunzen, composer was born on this day in history.  

1721  On this day in history birth of george Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (d. 1775)  

1741  Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer was born on this day in history.  

1741  Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general (d. 1834) was born on this day in history.  

1748  On August - 31 birth of jean-Etienne Despreaux, composer  

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Famous Deaths In August - 31

Famous People Died On This Day In History

0651  Death of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and missionary on this day in history.  

0683  On August - 31 death of pacal II ruler of the Maya polity of Palenque  

1056  Death of Theodora, Byzantine Empress (b. 981) on this day in history.  

1057  Leofric, count of Mercia/husband of Lady Godiva, dies on August - 31.  

1158  On August - 31 sancho III, King of Castile, dies  

1218  On August - 31 al-Malik ab-Adil/Saphadin/Saif al-Din), brother of Saladin, dies  

1234  On this day in history death of emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (b. 1212)  

1372  On this day in history death of ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (b. 1301)  

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