Historical Events In August - 31
Monday, 10 May 2021
1971 On this day in history dave Scott becomes first person to drive a car on the Moon
1972 On this day in history olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics
1973 On August - 31 the first heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)
1973 On August - 31 john Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78
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 On this day in history kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81
1977 On August - 31 aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')
1977 On August - 31 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 Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with the Sun on August - 31.
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 August - 31.
1980 On August - 31 poland's Solidarity labor union founded
1981 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82 on this day in history.
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 this day in history 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 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for the year record ($697,385) on August - 31.
1988 On this day in history 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 Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies on August - 31.
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 On August - 31 gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter (communist), dies at 80
1994 Artur Balsam, Polish/US pianist, dies at 88 on August - 31.
1995 Beant Singh, PM of Punjab province of India, assassinated at 73 on August - 31.
1996 On this day in history david Scott, priest, dies at 72
1997 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36 on August - 31.
1999 On August - 31 a Boeing 737 jet crashes during takeoff from Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 72 people.