What Happened on August 31

Significant Events

  • 1142 Possible date for establishment of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) League - with the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah
  • 1945 The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies
  • 1957 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1994 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland
  • 1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris
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August 31 in Film & TV

  • 1993 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion

August 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)

August 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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