On This Day

What Happened on August 31

Historical Events

  • 1142 Possible date for establishment of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) League [disputed date - other research places date between 1450 and 1660]
  • 1888 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London's East End

Aug 31 in Film & TV

  • 1897 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device which produces moving pictures
  • 1993 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion

Aug 31 in Music

  • 1999 "Fly" 5th studio album by Dixie Chicks is released (Grammy Award Best Country Album 2000, Billboard Album of the Year 2000)

Aug 31 in Sport

  • 1947 NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)

Did You Know?

A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball

On August 31, 1909

Would You Believe?

Pentium computer beats world chess champ Garry Kasparov

On August 31, 1994

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