On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1888

Historical Events


MurderMurder of Interest

The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London's East End

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols

Famous Birthdays

  • Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer and diplomat (La Obra de Trajano), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1928)

Famous Deaths


MurderMary Ann Nichols

Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols

1888 Highlights

About August 31, 1888

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 132 years, 1 month and 26 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Lost Generation
Star Sign: Virgo