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Historical Events In August - 31

Thursday, 13 May 2021

1971  Dave Scott becomes first person to drive a car on the Moon on August - 31.  

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  On this day in history pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24  

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  On this day in history ian Smith wins the Rhodesian general election with 80 per cent of the overwhelmingly white electorate's vote.  

1978  Symbionese Liberation Army founders William & Emily Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst on this day in history.  

1979  On this day in history comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with the Sun  

1979  On August - 31 donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador  

1979  On this day in history movie actress Sally Rand dies of heart failure at age 76 in Glendora, CAug 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 August - 31 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  A private plane collides with an Aeromexico jet over Cerritos, CA, killing 82 people.Aug 31, on August - 31.  

1986  On August - 31 aeromexico jet & small plane collide kill 82  

1986  On August - 31 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  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  A Delta Boeing 727 crashes during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, killing 14 passengers on this day in history.  

1990  On this day in history johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies  

1991  On August - 31 leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93  

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 August - 31 beant Singh, PM of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73  

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 this day in history.  

1602  On this day in history birth of amalia, countess of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Gov Frederik Hendrik  

1663  Guillaume Amontons, French physicist was born on August - 31.  

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  On this day in history birth of johann Paul Aegidius Martini, composer  

1741  Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general (d. 1834) was born on August - 31.  

1748  On this day in history birth of jean-Etienne Despreaux, composer  

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Famous Deaths In August - 31

Famous People Died On This Day In History

0651  On this day in history death of saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and missionary  

0683  Death of Pacal II ruler of the Maya polity of Palenque on this day in history.  

1056  Death of Theodora, Byzantine Empress (b. 981) on August - 31.  

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

1158  On this day in history sancho III, King of Castile, dies  

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

1234  Death of Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (b. 1212) on this day in history.  

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

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