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.