31 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Emperor Caligula, AD 12
  • Theophile Gautier, 1811
  • Rudolf Diesel, 1858
  • Maria Montessori, 1870
  • Lytton Strachey, 1880
  • Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, 1880
  • Fredric March, 1897
  • Arthur Godfrey, 1903
  • Dore Schary, 1905
  • William Shawn, 1907
  • William Saroyan, 1908
  • Richard Basehart, 1914
  • Ted Williams, 1918
  • Alan Jay Lerner, 1918
  • Buddy Hackett, 1924
  • James Coburn, 1928
  • Eldridge Cleaver, 1935
  • Itzhak Perlman, 1945
  • Van Morrison, 1945
  • Richard Gere, 1949
  • Edwin Moses, 1955
  • Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, 1970
  • Debbie Gibson, 1970

Died On This Day:

  • King Henry V, 1422
  • John Bunyan, 1688
  • Charles Pierre Baudelaire, 1867
  • Harley Granville-Barker, 1946
  • Georges Braque, 1963
  • Rocky Marciano killed, 1969
  • John Ford, 1973
  • Sally Rand, 1979
  • Henry Moore, 1986
  • Dodi Fayed killed, 1997
  • Diana, Princess of Wales killed, 1997
  • Lionel Hampton, 2002
  • David Frost, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1836 - Henry Blair of Glenross, Md. receives patent on cotton seed planter.
  • 1886 - Major earthquake in east; 41 dead $5 million damage in Charleston, SC.
  • 1887 - Thomas Edison receives patent on the Kinetoscope, a movie projector, really invented by his assistant.
  • 1888 - Jack the Ripper commits his first murder (Mary Ann Polly Nichols) in Whitechapel, London.
  • 1900 - Coca-Cola goes on sale in Britain for the first time.
  • 1919 - Communist Labor Party of America formed in Chicago, IL; motto: 'Workers of the world unite.'
  • 1920 - Radio station 8MK in Detroit is first to broadcast news program and election returns.
  • 1928 - "The Threepenny Opera" by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht first performed in Berlin.
  • 1934 - First all-star football game played at Soldier Field, Chicago
  • 1968 - 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Khorasan province of Iran kills 12,000.
  • 1997 - Car crash in Paris tunnel ends life of Britain's favorite princess, now legend, Diana at age 36.
  • 1998 - Wall Street in 2nd biggest fall - Dow loses 512.61 points reacting to Russian fiscal crisis. (now3rd)
  • 2005 - 1,000+ Shia pilgrims killed in stampede due to rumours of a suicide bomber in Northern Bagdad, Iraq.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Paulinus of Trier
  • Aidan of Lindisfarne
  • Raymund Nonnatus

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Malaysia (1957), Trinidad & Tobago (1962)
  • Queen Wilhelmina's birthday celebrated in The Netherlands

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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