What Happened on August 31

Historical Events

  • 1056 Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill, dying suddenly a few days later, without children to succeed the throne, ending the Macedonian dynasty
  • 1142 Possible date for establishment of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) League - with the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah
  • 1945 The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies
  • 1957 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1994 The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire
  • 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris
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Did You Know?

A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball

On August 31, 1909

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 "Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)
  • 1940 Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York
  • 1952 Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)
  • 1991 Musician Jan Berry (Jan & Dean) weds Gertie Filip
  • 2010 Actress Leelee Sobieski (27) weds fashion designer Adam Kimmel in Italy
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