Historical Events In August - 31
Monday, 01 March 2021
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 this day in history.
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 this day in history.
1976 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81 on this day in history.
1977 On August - 31 aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')
1977 Ian Smith wins the Rhodesian general election with 80 per cent of the overwhelmingly white electorate's vote on August - 31.
1978 Symbionese Liberation Army founders William & Emily Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst on August - 31.
1979 On this day in history comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with the Sun
1979 Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador on this day in history.
1979 Movie actress Sally Rand dies of heart failure at age 76 in Glendora, CAug 31, on August - 31.
1979 On August - 31 e J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
1980 Poland's Solidarity labor union founded on this day in history.
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 August - 31 aeromexico jet & small plane collide kill 82
1986 Soviet passenger ship Adm Nakhimov, collides with a merchant vessel on August - 31.
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 On this day in history a Delta Boeing 727 crashes during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, killing 14 passengers.
1990 On this day in history johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies
1991 On this day in history leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93
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 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88 on this day in history.
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 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36 on this day in history.
1999 On August - 31 a Boeing 737 jet crashes during takeoff from Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 72 people.