Historical Events on August 31 (Part 2)

The Scream

2006 Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" is recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.

Disney Acquires Marvel

2009 The Walt Disney Company announces it will acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion

  • 2011 68th Venice Film Festival: "Faust" directed by Alexander Sokurov wins Golden Lion


2012 "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck and starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2013)

  • 2012 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

Event of Interest

2015 President Obama officially re-designates Alaska’s Mt. McKinley as Denali, its native American name

  • 2015 US President Barack Obama arrives in Alaska on a 3 day tour highlighting climate change
  • 2015 Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured

Event of Interest

2016 Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office

  • 2017 Indications that Neanderthals were the first to make glue out of tar strengthened by research published in "Scientific Reports"
  • 2017 International Organization for Migration states 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have fled from violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state after 110 deaths, making for Bangladesh

A Star is Born

2018 "A Star is Born" film remake directed by and starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga premieres at the Venice Film Festival

  • 2018 19-year old Indonesian boy rescued after 49 days afloat when his floating fish trap became adrift
  • 2019 Gunman kills seven and injures 22 during high speed chase in Odessa, Texas
  • 2019 India removes citizenship status from 1.9 million people in state of Assam, leaving them off its new National Register of Citizens
  • 2019 Major track crash during Formula 2 race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium kills Anthoine Hubert and critically injures Juan Manuel Correa
  • 2019 Minnesota Twins smash 6 HRs in 10-7 loss to the Tigers in Detroit; break MLB record by hitting 268th home run of the season
  • 2019 US missile attack in al-Qaeda jihadist training camp in Idlib province, Syria, kills 40

Music History

2020 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"

  • 2020 US cases of COVID-19 pass 6 million with 183,300 deaths with California (699.000), Florida (619,000) recording the most (Johns Hopkins)

Appointment of Interest

2021 36-year old Cristiano Ronaldo is confirmed as a Manchester United player for a second time when his transfer from Juventus is ratified; Ronaldo left United in 2009 to join Real Madrid

  • 2022 Mary Peltola is the first Alaskan Native to be elected to US Congress, defeating Sarah Palin in a special election [1]
  • 2022 UN releases report accusing China of serious human rights abuses against Uyghurs in its western Xinjiang region, “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity” [1]
  • 2022 UN weather agency predicts a rare "triple dip" La Nina pattern to last till the end of 2022, the first this century, likely to extend droughts in Horn of Africa, South America [1]
  • 2022 US life expectancy falls to its lowest level since 1996 (76.1 yrs vs. 79 yrs in 2019), with COVID-19 the main contributing factor according to the CDC [1]
  • 2023 At least 74 die in a fire in a office building housing migrants and vulnerable people in Johannesburg, South Africa [1]
  • 2023 New computer model study suggests humanity was almost wiped out 900,000 years ago with just 1,280 reproducing individuals left [1]
  • 2023 Two leaders of right wing group the Proud Boys given lengthy sentences for sedition for their assault on the US Capitol - Joseph Biggs 17 years and Zachary Rehl 15 years [1]