On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 2020

Historical Events

  • Singer Akon lays first stone for Akon city, futuristic solar-powered city to be built in Senegal, saying will be real-life version of Wakanda in "Black Panther"
  • US cases of COVID-19 pass 6 million with 183,300 deaths with California (699.000), Florida (619,000) recording the most (Johns Hopkins)

Famous Deaths

  • John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78
  • Nina Bocharova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (Olympic gold balance beam, team 1952), dies at 95
  • Pranab Mukherjee, Indian politician, 13th President of India (2012-17), dies at 84

Person of interestTom Seaver

Tom Seaver, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Mets; NL Cy Young Award 1969, 73, 75; 12 x MLB All Star), dies of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19 at 75 [1]

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

2020 Highlights

About August 31, 2020

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 11 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Late Summer Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Virgo