On This Day in History for August 31 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 140 of 140

  • 1980 Poland's Solidarity trade union federations forms and is offically recognised by the Polish government
  • 1980 The Gdańsk Agreement is signed.
  • 1981 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser
  • 1982 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1983 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
  • 1985 "Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Illinois
  • 1985 Night Stalker suspect that terrorized California captured in East Los Angeles
  • 1986 Aeromexico DC-9 & small plane collide in LA, killing 82 (15 on the ground)
  • 1986 Russian cargo ship crashes into cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov; 398 die
  • 1987 South Africa's longest mine strike in history ends
  • 1988 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
  • 1988 Arbitrator George Nicolau rules owners conspired against free agents
  • 1988 Bomb attack on office of South Africa Council of Churches
  • 1989 Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion
  • 1990 Dennis Eckersley saves his 40th game of the season
  • 1990 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems
  • 1991 Richard J Kerr, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 1991 Rockies bat out of order against Expos in 1st inning
  • 1991 William H. Webster ends term as 14th director of CIA
  • 1992 Dynamite explosion in Philipines mine; 500 die
  • 1992 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Cleveland, Ohio on WNCX 98.5 FM
  • 1993 Venezuela president Carlos Perez flees
  • 1993 HMS Mercury, the Royal Navy's communications training establishment, closes after 52 years in commission.
  • 1994 Last Russian soldiers leave Estonia & Latvia
  • 1994 Pentium computer beats world chess champ Gari Kasparov
  • 1994 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland
  • 1997 Last episode of Rolanda airs

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1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 1998 North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.
  • 1999 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
  • 1999 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.
  • 1999 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

2004 Barbara Pierce Bush gives a speech to the Republican Convention

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
  • 2005 A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.

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2006 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • 2012 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2015 Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured

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2015 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015 US President Barack Obama arrives in Alaska on a 3 day tour highlighting climate change
  • 2016 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office

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