On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 2011

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 68th Venice Film Festival: "Faust" directed by Alexander Sokurov wins Golden Lion

Famous Deaths

  • Peter Twiss, British test pilot (breaking the World Air Speed Record and being the first person to exceed 1,000 mph in flight), dies at 90
  • Valery Rozhdestvensky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), dies at 72
  • Wade Belak, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1976)