Historical Events on 31st August

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1056 - Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill, dying suddenly a few days later, without children to succeed the throne, ending the Macedonian dynasty.
1142 - Possible date for establishment of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) League - with the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah
1230 - Bishop Willebrand of Utrecht grants Swells state justice
1310 - German king Heinrich VII makes his son Johan king of Bohemia
1422 - Henry VI, becomes King of England at the age of 9 months.
1535 - Pope Paul II excommunicated King Henry VIII of England
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Blair Castle, Scotland
1751 - British troops under Sir Robert Clive occupy Arcot, India
1772 - Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica
1778 - British kill 17 Stockbridge indians in Bronx during Revolution
King of England Henry VIIIKing of England Henry VIII 1829 - Opera "Guillaume Tell" is produced (Paris)
1836 - HMS Beagle anchors in Postage Praia, Cape Verde Islands
1842 - Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine
1842 - US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress
1843 - Liberty Party nominates James Birneyas presidential candidate
1850 - California pioneers organized at Montgomery & Clay Streets
1864 - Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
1876 - Ottoman sultan Murat V is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abd-ul-Hamid II.
1881 - 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, RI)
1886 - 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
1886 - Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized
1887 - Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures)
1889 - Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Cardboard Box" (BG)
1894 - Phillies Billy Hamilton steals 7 bases
1894 - The Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Act passed by Richard Seddon’s Liberal government, making New Zealand the first country in the world to outlaw strikes in favour of compulsory arbitration
1895 - 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0)
1896 - Louis Napoleon Parker's "Rosemary" premieres in NYC
1897 - General Kitchener occupies Berber, North of Khartoum
Inventor Thomas EdisonInventor Thomas Edison 1897 - Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph)
1900 - British troops over run Johannesburg
1900 - Dodgers' Brickyard Kennedy walks 6 straight Phillies
1902 - Split skirt 1st worn by Mrs Adolph Landeburg (horse rider)
1903 - Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader of month
1905 - 25th US Men's Tennis: Beals C Wright beats Holcombe Ward (6-2 6-1 11-9)
1905 - Mbunga-rebellion takes German Fort Mahenge East-Africa
1907 - Britain & Russia sign treaty with Afghanistan, Persia & Tibet
1907 - Britain, Russia & France form Triple Entente
1909 - A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
1909 - Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt 1910 - Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in Kansas advocating a 'square deal': property shall be 'the servant and not the master of the commonwealth'
1911 - Anthony Fokker's demonstrates aircraft "Snip"
1913 - Soccer club PSV forms in Eindhoven, Netherlands
1913 - Massive protest rally on Sackville Street attacked by the Dublin Metropolitan Police; two strikers killed by the police
1914 - 24.8 cm rainfall at Bloomingdale, Michigan (state record)
1914 - General von Kluck decides not to attack Paris
1914 - German troops reconquer Soldau/Neidenburg East-Prussia
1914 - Germany defeats Russia (battle at Tannenberg/30,000 Russians die)
1914 - Ecuador becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1915 - Chicago White Sox Jimmy Lavender no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
1915 - Brazil becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
1916 - Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
1918 - Boston Red Sox, win earliest AL pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
1919 - John Reed forms American Communist Labor Party in Chicago
1919 - Petlyura's Ukrainian Army kills 35 members of a Jewish defense group
1919 - Ukranian (Petlyura) Army recaptures Kiev
1920 - Belgium starts paying old age pensions
1920 - Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air
1923 - League of Nations gives Belgium mandate of Ruanda-Urundi (was German)
Italian Dictator Benito MussoliniItalian Dictator Benito Mussolini 1923 - Mussolini's troops occupy Corfu
1924 - Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:06.2)
1928 - Brecht & Weils "Dreigroschenoper" premieres
1934 - 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)
1935 - 1st national skeet championship (Indianapolis)
1935 - Chicago White Sox Vern Kennedy no-hits Cleve Indians, 5-0
1935 - FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents
1935 - Russian Aleksei Stachanov digs 6 hours, 105 tons of cabbages
1935 - White Sox Vern Kennedy no-hits Indians 5-0
1937 - Det's rookie Rudy York sets record for HRs of 18 HRs in August
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1938 - 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)
1939 - Japanese invasion army driven out of Mongolia
1939 - Staged "Polish" assault on radio station in Gleiwitz
1940 - 1st edition pf illegal opposition newspaper Free Netherlands
1940 - 56 U-boats sunk this month (268,000 ton)
1940 - RAF Fighter Command loses 39 aircraft against Luftwaffe 41
1940 - German occupiers in Netherlands begin soap rationing
1940 - US National Guard assembles
1941 - 23 U-boats sunk this month (80,000 ton)
1941 - Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC
1942 - Battle at Alam Halfa: German & Italians assault
1942 - U boats sunk this month 108 ships (544,000 ton)
1943 - 1st battle of Essex/new Yorktown: US assault on Marcus Island
1943 - Japanse occupiers intern Jewish Congregation of Sorabajo
1944 - Allied offensive at "Gothen-linie" Italy
1944 - French provisional government moves from Algiers to Paris
1944 - French troops liberate Bordeaux
1944 - Russian-Romanian troops march into Bucharest
1945 - The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies.
1947 - Hungarian communist party wins election
1947 - NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)
1948 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands celebrates golden jubilee
MLB First Baseman Gil HodgesMLB First Baseman Gil Hodges 1950 - Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves
1951 - 1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf
1953 - KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 - WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins
1954 - US Census Bureau forms
1954 - Hurricane Carol (1st major named storm) hits New England, 70 die
1954 - Indians beat Yanks 6-1 for record tying 26 wins in August (1931 A's)
1954 - WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins
1955 - 1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, Tx)
1955 - 1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated, Chicago, Ill
1955 - KTRE TV channel 9 in Lufkin, TX (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1957 - Malaysia (formerly Malaya) gains independence from Britain
1959 - 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
1959 - Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
1959 - Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean's NL mark of 18 strikeouts in a game
1960 - Agricultural Hall of Fame forms
1961 - Amsterdam National Ballet forms
1962 - Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)
1964 - Ground is broken for Anaheim Stadium, future home of Angels
1965 - US House of Representatives and Senate establish Department of Housing & Urban Development
1965 - The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy Aircraft makes its first flight.
1966 - Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)
1968 - 12,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran
1968 - 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
Artist & Musician Yoko OnoArtist & Musician Yoko Ono 1968 - Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon & Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover
1968 - Roy Face ties W Johnson's record of 802 pitching appearances with club
1968 - Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr X) in Minn, to become NWA champ
1968 - Garfield Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over.
1969 - 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival
1970 - 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)
1970 - Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted
1970 - Molukkers occupy Indonesian ambassador's home in Wassenaar
1970 - Peter Yarrow arrested for taking "immoral liberties" with girl, 14
1970 - WKMJ TV channel 68 in Louisville, KY (PBS) begins broadcasting
1971 - Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
1972 - Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
1972 - Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics
1973 - 1st heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)
1973 - PBA National Championship Won by Earl Anthony
1974 - Pirate Radio Veronica moves into Scheveningen harbor
Singer-Songwriter George HarrisonSinger-Songwriter George Harrison 1976 - George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"
1976 - Mexican peso devalued
1976 - Trinidad & Tobago adopts constitution
1976 - Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0)
1977 - Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')
1977 - Spyros Kyprianou appointed president of Cyprus
1977 - Ian Smith, espousing racial segregation, wins Rhodesian general election with 80% of overwhelmingly white electorate's vote
1978 - Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
1978 - Emily & William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
1978 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979 - 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
1979 - Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun
1979 - Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador
1979 - Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green
1980 - "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
1980 - 80th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Hal Sutton
1980 - Poland's Solidarity labor union forms
1980 - The Gdańsk Agreement is signed.
1981 - Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
1981 - Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser
1982 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1983 - Edwin Moses of USA sets 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz
1984 - Pinklon Thomas beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1985 - "Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Ill
1985 - Angel Cordero becomes 3rd jockey to ride horses earning over $100 M
1985 - Night Stalker suspect that terrorized S California captured in East LA
1986 - Aeromexico DC-9 & small plane collide in LA, killing 82
1986 - Russian cargo ship crashes into cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov; 398 die
1987 - Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)
1987 - Michael Jacskon's "Bad" video premieres on CBS TV
1987 - South Africa 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 - Aeromexico DC-9 collides over LA, 82 die (15 on the ground)
1989 - Arbitrator T Roberts orders owners to pay $105 million for collusion
1990 - Dennis Eckersley saves his 40th game of the season
1990 - East & West Germany sign a treaty to join legal & political systems
1990 - Ken Griffey Sr & Jr are 1st father & son to play on same team each goes 1 for 4 for Seattle Mariners
1991 - Houston QB David Klingler sets NCAA record with 6 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter as the Cougars clobbered Louisiana Tech 73-3
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
1992 - 44th Emmy Awards: Northern Exposure, Christopher Lloyd & Dana Delane win
1992 - Dynamite explosion in Philipines mine; 500 die
1992 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Cleveland OH on WNCX 98.5 FM
1993 - Minnesota Twins beat Cleve Indians 5-4 in 22 innings
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 - Northern Ireland Sinn Fein proclaims ceases-fire
1994 - Pentium computer beats world chess champ Gari Kasparov
1994 - The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire.
1997 - "Gin Game" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 144 performances
1997 - Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees
1997 - Last episode of Rolanda airs
1997 - Pittsburgh Senior Golf Classic
1997 - Scott Hoch wins Greater Milwaukee Golf Open with a 268
1997 - Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel, Paris
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.
1999 - Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL
2005 - A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
2006 - Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" was recovered from a raid by Norwegian police. The painting was said to be in a better-than-expected condition.
Singer Kelly ClarksonSinger Kelly Clarkson 2006 - 23rd MTV Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt wins
2012 - Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

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