On This Day

On This Day in History for August 31 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1983 Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
  • 1985 "Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Illinois
  • 1985 Night Stalker suspect that terrorized California captured in East Los Angeles
  • 1986 Aeromexico DC-9 & small plane collide in LA, killing 82 (15 on the ground)
  • 1986 Russian cargo ship crashes into cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov; 398 die
  • 1987 South Africa's longest mine strike in history ends
  • 1988 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins
  • 1988 Arbitrator George Nicolau rules owners conspired against free agents
  • 1988 Bomb attack on office of South Africa Council of Churches
  • 1989 Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion
  • 1990 East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems
  • 1991 Richard J Kerr, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 1991 Rockies bat out of order against Expos in 1st inning
  • 1991 William H. Webster ends term as 14th director of CIA
  • 1991 Uzbekistan declares independence from the Soviet Union following the failed coup in Moscow
  • 1992 Dynamite explosion in a mine in the Philippines kills 500

  • 1992 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Cleveland, Ohio on WNCX 98.5 FM
  • 1993 Venezuela president Carlos Perez flees
  • 1993 HMS Mercury, the Royal Navy's communications training establishment, closes after 52 years in commission.
  • 1994 Last Russian soldiers leave Estonia & Latvia
  • 1994 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland
  • 1997 Last episode of Rolanda airs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 1998 North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite.
  • 1999 The first of a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, killing one person and wounding 40 others.
  • 1999 A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

2004 Barbara Pierce Bush gives a speech to the Republican Convention

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
  • 2005 A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.

Person of InterestThe 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.

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The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
The Scream, pastel on cardboard by Edvard Munch
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  • 2012 Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan
  • 2015 Violent protests in Kiev after Ukraine parliament vote leave 1 national guard dead, 100 injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015 US President Barack Obama arrives in Alaska on a 3 day tour highlighting climate change

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff
President of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff
  • 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
  • 2017 Indicationss Neanderthals were the first to make glue out of tar strengthened by research published in "Scientific Reports"
  • 2018 19-year old Indonesian boy rescued after 49 days afloat when his floating fish trap became adrift
  • 2019 US missile attack in al-Qaeda jihadist training camp in Idlib province, Syria, kills 40
  • 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
  • 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)

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