Historical Events In August - 31
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
1971 Dave Scott becomes first person to drive a car on the Moon on this day in history.
1972 Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics on August - 31.
1973 The first heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman) on August - 31.
1973 On this day in history john Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78
1974 William Pershing Benedict, American pilot on August - 31.
1975 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24 on this day in history.
1976 On this day in history 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 August - 31.
1977 Ian Smith wins the Rhodesian general election with 80 per cent of the overwhelmingly white electorate's vote on this day in history.
1978 On this day in history 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 On August - 31 donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador
1979 Movie actress Sally Rand dies of heart failure at age 76 in Glendora, CAug 31, on this day in history.
1979 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies on August - 31.
1980 Poland's Solidarity labor union founded on August - 31.
1981 On this day in history joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82
1984 On this day in history pinklin Thomas defeats Tim Witherspoon for the WBC heavyweight title
1985 On August - 31 night Stalker suspect that terrorized S Calif captured in East LA
1986 On August - 31 a private plane collides with an Aeromexico jet over Cerritos, CA, killing 82 people.Aug 31,
1986 On this day in history aeromexico jet & small plane collide kill 82
1986 Soviet passenger ship Adm Nakhimov, collides with a merchant vessel on August - 31.
1986 On August - 31 henry Moore, English sculptor/cartoonist, dies at 88
1987 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for the year record ($697,385) on August - 31.
1988 On August - 31 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
1988 On this day in history a Delta Boeing 727 crashes during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, killing 14 passengers.
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 this day in history.
1993 On this day in history russians pull last 500 military personnel left from cold war, out of Lithuania
1993 Gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter (communist), dies at 80 on August - 31.
1994 On August - 31 artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88
1995 On this day in history beant Singh, PM of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73
1996 David Scott, priest, dies at 72 on this day in history.
1997 On August - 31 diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36
1999 On August - 31 a Boeing 737 jet crashes during takeoff from Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 72 people.