Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
August 31st

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1535*Pope Paul II deposed & excommunicated King Henry VIII.Ref: 5
1742*Swarms of grasshoppers destroy pastures and crops in Pennsylvania. 
1772*Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica.Ref: 5
1807*Chief Justice John Marshall issues an important ruling excluding evidence of Burr's conduct subsequent to the transaction on Blennerhassett Island.Ref: 87
1837*Ralph Waldo Emerson gives a Phi Beta Kappa oration at Harvard University. 
1839*The U.S. Treasury Department moved to its headquarters at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. The Treasury Building was designed in high Greek Revival style by architect Robert Mills. 
1842*The US Naval Observatory is authorized by an act of Congress.Ref: 5
1850*California pioneers organized at Montgomery & Clay Streets.Ref: 5
1852*The United States Congress passed legislation creating the first prestamped envelopes.Ref: 4
1864*At the Democratic convention in Chicago, General George B. McClellan is nominated for president.Ref: 2
1886*Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized.Ref: 5
1902*Split skirt first worn by Mrs Adolph Landeburg (horse rider).Ref: 5
1903*The first automobile trip from San Francisco to NY City was completed. A Packard made the trip in 52 days.Ref: 4
1907 England, Russia & France form the Triple Entente.Ref: 5
1908*Xenia [OH] Homecoming celebration takes place. (XDG, p 3B, 9/30/2003)Ref: 1
1919 The Communist Labor Party is founded in Chicago, with the motto, "Workers of the world unite!" (Also: 20th Century Day By Day, ISBN 0-7894-4640-5)Ref: 2
1926 Non-aggression pact signed by U.S.S.R. & AfghanistanRef: 62
1935*President Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of US arms to belligerents.Ref: 5
1939*The British fleet mobilizes; Civilian evacuations begin from London.Ref: 36
1939*Bohr and John A. Wheeler publish a theoretical analysis of fission. This theory implies U-235 is more fissile than U-238, and that the undiscovered element 94-239 is also very fissile. These implications are not immediately recognized.Ref: 91
1940*Joseph Avenol steps down as Secretary-General of the League of Nations.Ref: 2
1940*The FBI created a Disaster Squad to assist civilian authorities in identifying persons who died in a Virginia plane crash. FBI personnel were among the victims.Ref: 14
1949*Six of the 16 surviving Union veterans of the Civil War attend the last-ever encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.Ref: 2
1954*The Census Bureau is established.Ref: 5
1954*Hurricane Carol (1st major named storm) hits New England, 70 die.Ref: 5
1957*Malaya (Malaysia) gains independence from Britain (National Day).Ref: 5
1958*The US Census Bureau reported that there were 902 women sailors in the US Navy and 2,365 male launderers in the country.Ref: 4
1960 Agricultural Hall of Fame established.Ref: 5
1961 (Berlin Wall) A concrete wall replaces the barbed wire fence that separates East and West Germany, it will be called the Berlin wall.Ref: 2
1962*The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became independent within the British CommonwealthRef: 70
1965*Congress establishes the Dept of Housing & Urban Development.Ref: 62
1970*Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted.Ref: 5
1977*Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524').Ref: 5
1978*Boeing begins production of the 757. 
1978*(Patty Hearst) Symbionese Liberation Army founders William & Emily Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst.Ref: 9
1979*Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador.Ref: 5
1980*Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day-old strike.Ref: 5
1985*Richard Ramirez, later convicted of California's "Night Stalker" killings, is captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood. (XDG, p. 4A, 8/31/2000)Ref: 83
1986*Soviet passenger ship Adm Nakhimov, collides with a merchant vessel.Ref: 5
1988*A 5-day power blackout of downtown Seattle begins.Ref: 5
1991*UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met twice with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz in Amman, Jordan, trying to negotiate a solution to the Persian Gulf crisis.Ref: 6
1992*White separatist Randy Weaver surrendered to authorities in Naples, Idaho, ending an 11-day siege by federal agents that claimed the lives of Weaver's wife, son and a deputy U.S. marshal.Ref: 70
1993*Soviet troops withdrawn from Lithuania (not Latvia & Estonia)Ref: 89
1994 Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after half a century.Ref: 70
1995*(OJ Simpson) Judge Ito rules that jury will hear two excerpts of controversial tapes.Ref: 87
1996*Lebed and Aslan Maskhadov sign peace accord in ChechnyaRef: 89
1998*Wall Street in 2nd biggest fall Dow loses 512.61 points reacting to Russian fiscal crisis. (now 3rd)Ref: 10
2000*Detroit's teachers went on strike, wiping out the first day of class for 172-thousand students in one of the largest teachers' strikes in years. (The walkout lasted nine days.)Ref: 6
2003*Sinclair Community College president Dr Ned J Sifferlen retires. (XDG, p 1, 5/19/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(I-270 Sniper) A 41-year old woman from Akron OH finds a bullet hold in the back of her horse trailer after driving eastbound on I-270. (XDG, p 2A, 12/03/2003)Ref: 83
1802*Captain Merriwether Lewis leaves Pittsburgh to meet up with Captain William Clark and begin their trek to the Pacific Ocean.Ref: 2
1803*Lewis & Clark: The government-sponsored transcontinental expedition under the leadership of Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark set off from Pittsburgh down the Ohio River for the winter and a training camp outside St. Louis. 
1805*Lewis & Clark: With 29 horses, one mule, and a Shoshone guide called Old Toby, the expedition sets off overland. They head north, over a mountain pass and into the valley of a beautiful river, now called the Bitterroot.Ref: 65
1836*Henry Blair of Glenross, Md. receives patent on cotton seed planter.Ref: 10
1887*Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures).Ref: 5
1899*A Stanley Steamer, driven by F.O. Stanley, became the first car to reach the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire. 
1944*The British Eighth Army penetrates the German Gothic Line in ItalyRef: 2
1955*The world’s first solar-powered automobile, designed by William G. Cobb, was demonstrated at the General Motors Powerama in Chicago.Ref: 5
1971*Dave Scott becomes first person to drive a car on the Moon.Ref: 5
1974*Aleksandr Fedotov sets an aircraft altitude record of 38.26 km (125,524').Ref: 5
1979*Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with the Sun, the 1st recorded occurrence of such an event (energy=1 mil hydrogen bombs).Ref: 62
1303 The War of Vespers in Sicily ends with an agreement between Charles of Valois, who invaded the country, and Frederick, the ruler of Sicily.Ref: 2
1521*Cortes captures the city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico, and sets it on fire.Ref: 2
1756*The British at Fort William Henry, New York, surrender to Louis Montcalm of France.Ref: 2
1778*British kill 17 Stockbridge indians in the Bronx during Revolution.Ref: 5
1864*Atlanta Campaign-Battle of JonesboroughRef: 5
1914*Russian army of invasion in East Prussia defeated at Tannenberg by Germans under Von Hindenburg.Ref: 38
1915*Lutsk, Russian fortress, captured by Austrians.Ref: 38
1916*Bulgaria at war with Roumania. Turkey at war with Roumania.Ref: 38
1916*Germany suspends submarine assaults. 
1942*The British army under General Bernard Law Montgomery defeats Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps in the Battle of Alam Halfa in Egypt.Ref: 2
1944*The Russians capture Bucharest.Ref: 36
1951*The 1st Marine Division begins its attack on Bloody Ridge in Korea. The four-day battle results in 2,700 Marine casualties.Ref: 2
1994 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) announces a "complete cessation of military operations," opening the way to a political settlement in Ireland for the first time in a quarter of a century.Ref: 2
1881*First US tennis championships (Newport, RI).Ref: 5
1894*Phillies Billy Hamilton steals 7 bases.Ref: 5
1895*The 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & wins 12-0).Ref: 5
1900*Dodgers' Brickyard Kennedy walks 6 straight Phillies.Ref: 5
1903*Joe McGinnity wins his 3rd doubleheader of the month.Ref: 5
1915*Ted Kid Lewis outpoints Jack Britton in Boston MA to win the welterweight boxing champtionship.Ref: 97
1915*Cubs' hurler Jim Lavender no-hits the Giants, 2-0.Ref: 1
1923*Harry Greb defeats Johnny Wilson to retain the middleweight boxing title in New York.Ref: 97
1931*In his attempt to break Walter Johnson's consecutive game winning streak of 17 games, Lefty Grove loses as Browns' hurler Dick Coffman throws a three-hit shutout against the A's. Reserve Jimmy Moore, playing in place of the absent Al Simmons, misjudges a fly ball which leads to the decisive run and subsequently to Lefty's meltdown in the locker room.Ref: 1
1934*The 1st football all star game-Bears tie collegians 0-0 in Chicago.Ref: 5
1935 The 1st national skeet championship is held in Indianapolis.Ref: 5
1935*In the first no hitter in Comiskey Park history, Vern Kennedy holds the Indians hitless and triples home three runs in a 5-0 White Sox win.Ref: 1
1937*Tiger Rudy York belts his 17th and 18th homers of the month to set a major league record.Ref: 1
1950*Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game. He got homers off of Boston Braves pitchers Warren Spahn, Normie Roy, Bob Hall and Johnny Antonelli.Ref: 4
1955*Nashua defeated Swaps in a match-up of the thoroughbred horses at Arlington Park in Chicago, IL.Ref: 4
1957*Minor league fireballer Steve Dalkowski strikes out 24 batters, but wildness (18 walks, four hit batters and six wild pitches) costs the New Britain, Connecticut native the game as Kingsport loses in Appalachian League action, 9-8.Ref: 1
1959*Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 hitters. Wally Moon connected for a three-run homer as the LA Dodgers downed the San Francisco Giants, 5-2.Ref: 4
1959*Australia defeats the US for tennis' Davis Cup.Ref: 5
1964*Gene Autry wields the first shovel at the Los Angeles Angels Anaheim Stadium's groundbreaking ceremony.Ref: 86
1970*The US defeats the (West) German FR for tennis' Davis Cup.Ref: 5
1972*Olga Korbut, USSR, wins an olympic gold medal in gymnastics.Ref: 5
1973*1st heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman).Ref: 5
1983*Edwin Moses of USA sets the 400m hurdle record (47.02) in Koblenz.Ref: 5
1984*Pinklin Thomas defeats Tim Witherspoon for the WBC heavyweight title.Ref: 5
1985*"Prakas" sets trotting mile record of 1:53.4 at Du Quoin, Ill.Ref: 5
1985*Pinklon Thomas takes a decision over 'Terrible' Tim Witherspoon for the WBC heavyweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1987*Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for the year record ($697,385)Ref: 5
1989*The Toronto Blue Jays defeat Chicago 5-1 to move into a first place tie with Baltimore. They would remain in first place for the remainder of the season.Ref: 86
1990*Refusing to part with Triple-A third baseman Scott Cooper to get Larry Andersen from the Astros for the stretch run, Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman trades the Eastern League's MVP Jeff Bagwell for the right-handed relief pitcher. The University of Hartford standout will go on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award (1991) and will becomes the league's MVP the same year Andersen retires from the Phillies (1994) .Ref: 1
1990*Ken Griffey & Ken Griffey Jr were the first father-and-son teammate combo to play on same baseball team: the Seattle Mariners. Both men hit singles in the first inning. And, that September 14 they hit back-to-back home runs in a game at the CA Angels.Ref: 4
1992*The A's trade Jose Canseco to the Rangers for Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt and Jeff Russell and an undisclosed amount of money.Ref: 1
1997*In front of a crowd of 55,707, Don Mattingly's uniform number 23 is added to the list of retired numbers on the wall at Yankee Stadium Momument Park.Ref: 1
1997*Andruw Jones's grand slam is the Braves' tenth of the season breaking the NL mark for bases-full HRs for a team in single season. Ironically the record is broken in an AL park as Atlanta defeats the Red Sox.Ref: 1
1998*OF Dante Bichette agrees to a three-year contract extension with the Colorado Rockies.Ref: 86
1998*Boxer Mike Tyson is involved in a minor auto accident in Gaithersburg MD, and had to be restrained by bodyguards from fighting the driver of the other car.Ref: 98
1999*With the postseason roster deadline approaching, the Colorado Rockies send Lenny Harris to Arizona for INF prospect Belvani Martinez.Ref: 86
2000*The Red Sox trade two minor league pitchers to the Reds for Dante Bichette. The 36-year-old veteran outfielder will be the designated hitter for his new team.Ref: 1
2001*Due to the fact Little League World Series star pitcher Danny Almonte is 14 years old, not 12 as required by the organization's rules, the Raulindo Paulino All-Stars are stripped of all its wins. The team, which had captured the heart of the community, finished third in Williamsport and were given a parade in New York and honored before a game at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 1
2001*Former minor league catcher Lawrence 'Crash' Davis dies after a year long bout with cancer player. The 82-year old was made famous by the 1982 movie Bull Durham.Ref: 1
2002*Losing their 13th consecutive game at Shea Stadium to Randy Wolf and the Phillies. 1-0, the Mets complete the worst month at home in National League history. The Amazins' join the Seattle Pilots (August-1969 ) and the Tigers (September-1996) as teams that have not won a home game in a calendar month with at least ten games.Ref: 1
2003*Darlington Raceway, SC, hosts its last NASCAR Winston Cup Race. (USA Today, p 1E, 8/29/2003)Ref: 13
1829*The opera "Guillaume Tell" is produced in Paris.Ref: 5
1859*The first Jamestown [Green County] OH is held. (XDG, p 5A, 9/25/2003)Ref: 83
1889*Fiction: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Cardboard Box" (BG).Ref: 5
1920 Radio station 8MK in Detroit is first to broadcast news program and election returns.Ref: 10
1928*Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht first performed in Berlin.Ref: 2
1939*Frank Sinatra recorded All or Nothing at All with the Harry James Band. The tune failed to become a hit until four years later -- after Ol’ Blue Eyes had joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.Ref: 4
1940*Actor Lawrence Olivier and actress Vivian Leigh were married.Ref: 4
1941 The Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee and Molly, started on NBC radio.Ref: 4
1946 “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound ... the caped crusader returned to radio on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Superman had been dropped from the program schedule earlier in the year, but the outrage of youngsters brought the show back to the airwaves. Wow! The amazing power of Kryptonite in the hands of kids! Bud Collyer, later of TV’s Beat the Clock, played Clark Kent aka Superman on the radio series. His identity had been well guarded for years. Most people didn’t have a clue as to the identity of Superman until a TIME magazine article about Collyer appeared in 1946.Ref: 4
1968*Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon & Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on the coverRef: 5
1968*"The City On The Edge Of Forever" (Star Trek) wins a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention on Labor Day weekend. (Ref: "The Encyclopedia of World Science Fiction", ISBN 0-312-09618-6, 1993) 
1969*25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival.Ref: 5
1976*A judge ruled that George Harrison was guilty of copying from the song He’s So Fine (a 1963 Chiffons hit). The judge said that the chorus to Harrison’s My Sweet Lord was identical to He’s So Fine and it eventually (appeals went on for about five years) cost the former Beatle over half a million dollars.Ref: 4
1981*Tickets went on sale for the highest-priced play in Broadway history. Nicholas Nickleby, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Plymouth Theatre in NY, included a 45-minute dinner break -- all for $100 per person.Ref: 4
1981*The 30-year contract between ‘Mr. Television’, Milton Berle, and NBC-TV expired. Uncle Miltie had received $6 million for NOT being on the air since his show, The Texaco Star Theatre, went off the air in the mid-1950s. NBC held Berle to the contract to keep him from appearing on competing networks.Ref: 4
1987*This day saw the largest preorder of albums in the history of CBS Records. 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s Bad album were shipped to record stores. The LP followed in the tracks of the Jackson album, Thriller, the biggest Jackson-seller of all time (35 million copies sold). The Bad album was successful -- but sold only 13 million copies.Ref: 4
12*Caligula (Gaius Caesar), 3rd Roman emperor (37-41 AD), is born.Ref: 5
1811*Theophile Gautier Tarbas France, writer/poet (Albertus), is born.Ref: 5
1824*Birth of Anna B. Warner, American hymnwriter. She never married, but lived with her sister Susan in New York state. In 1860, a novel they co-authored contained a poem which became one of the most beloved of all children's hymns: I Know.'.Ref: 5
1834*Amilcare Ponchielli Paderno Italy, composer (I Lituani), is born.Ref: 5
1852*John Neville Keynes, English philosopher and economist, is born.Ref: 70
1858 Rudolf Diesel is born.Ref: 10
1861*Birth of Jesse Brown Pounds, American hymnwriter. During her lifetime she published nine books, 50 cantatas and over 400 religious song texts. Three of her hymns remain popular today: "Anywhere With Jesus," "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" and "The Way of the Cross Leads Home."Ref: 5
1866*Georg Jensen, Danish silversmith and designer, is born.Ref: 70
1870*Birth of Maria Montessori, Italian educator. She developed a theory of teaching which emphasized a reinforcement of initiative, and a freedom of movement for the child. Her theory of elementary education has since been named, appropriately, the "Montessori Method."Ref: 5
1880*Queen Mother Wilhelmina Netherlands (1890-1948), is born.Ref: 5
1880 Lytton Strachey is born.Ref: 10
1884*George Sarton, Belgian-born American scholar, is born.Ref: 70
1885*Duboise Heyward, novelist, poet and dramatist best know for Porgy which was the basis for the opera Porgy and Bess, is born.Ref: 2
1889*A Provost Idell father of modern volleyball, is born.Ref: 5
1897*Frederic March (Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel) Academy Award-winning actor is born.[1957]; is born.Ref: 4
1899*Lynn Riggs, writer, her book Green Grow the Lilacs was adapted by Rodgers and Hammerstein to become Oklahoma, is born.Ref: 2
1903*Sir Bernard Lovell England, radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank, is born.Ref: 5
1903*Arthur (Morton) Godfrey, radio, TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), is born.Ref: 5
1905*Sanford Meisner, influential acting teacher, is born.Ref: 2
1905*Dore Schary producer/writer/director (Act 1, Boys Town, Big City), is born.Ref: 5
1907*Ramon Magsaysay, Philippine president (1953-7), (US Legion of Merit-1952), is born.Ref: 70
1907*William Shawn magazine editor: The New Yorker; is born.Ref: 4
1908*William Saroyan Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright: The Time of Your Life [1940]; The Human Comedy; is born.Ref: 4
1914*Richard Basehart, Zanesville Oh, actor (Voyage to Bottom of Sea), is born.Ref: 68
1916*Daniel Schorr broadcast journalist (CBS), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Alan Jay Lerner lyricist composer (Lerner & Leowe-My Fair Lady), is born.Ref: 5
1920*G.D. Spradlin actor: Riders of the Purple Sage, The War of the Roses, Tank, North Dallas Forty, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, Part 2, Zabriskie Point, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, is born.Ref: 4
1924*Buddy (Leonard) Hackett Bkln, comedian (God's Little Acre, Music Man), is born.Ref: 5
1928*James Coburn actor: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, The Great Escape, Our Man Flint, The President’s Analyst, Hudson Hawk, Charade, The Magnificent Seven, is born in Laurel NE.Ref: 4
1930*Tiny Little Jr Worthington Minn, pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Dan Rather news anchor (CBS-TV), is born.Ref: 5
1931*Jean Beliveau hockey star (Montreal Canadiens), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther turned Republican, is born.Ref: 5
1935*Frank Robinson Baseball Hall of Famer: Cincinnati Redlegs [ Rookie of the Year: 1956/all-star: 1956, 1957], Cincinnati Reds [all-star: 1959, 1961, 1962, 1965/World Series: 1961/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1961], Baltimore Orioles [World Series: 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971/all-star: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1966], LA Dodgers, California Angels, Cleveland Indians; first black baseball manager, is born.Ref: 4
1936*Marva Collins, innovative educator who started Chicago's one-room school, Westside Preparatory, is born.Ref: 2
1937*Warren Berlinger actor: Love American Style, Sex and the Single Parent, The World According to Garp, is born.Ref: 4
1939*Rock musician Jerry Allison (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) is born.Ref: 99
1940*Jack Thompson actor: Last Dance, The Killing Beach, Ground Zero, Breaker Morant, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Waterfront, Jack Petersen, is born.Ref: 4
1940*Alain Calmat France, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1964), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Carole Wells Shreveport La, actress (Pistols n Petticoats), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Canada ceases production of anthrax for Britain at Grosse Ile, Quebec. The American operation takes over production at their plant for Britain. 
1945*Itzhak Perlman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/polio victim, is born.Ref: 5
1945*Van Morrison songwriter, singer: group: Them: Gloria; solo: Brown Eyed Girl, Domino, Blue Money, She Gives Me Religion, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Leonid I Popov cosmonaut (Soyuz 35, 40, T-7), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Carl Garrett football: Oakland Raiders running back: Super Bowl XI, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Richard Gere Phila Pa, actor (Breathless, Cotton Club), is born.Ref: 68
1952*Rudolf Schenker heavy metal rocker (Scorpions-No One Like You), is born.Ref: 5
1954*Claudell Washington baseball: Oakland Athletics [all-star: 1974/World Series: 1974], TX Rangers, Chicago White Sox, NY Mets, Atlanta Braves [all-star: 1984], NY Yankees, CA Angels, is born. (Sports Encyclopedia: Baseball 2000, ISBN 0-312-20437-X) 
1954*Tula [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transexual (For Your Eyes Only), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Anthony Thistlethwaite musician: saxophone: group: The Waterboys, is born.Ref: 4
1955*Edwin MosesRef: 10
1957*Glenn Tilbrook guitarist/vocalist (Squeeze-Tempted), is born.Ref: 5
1958*Edwin Moses Olympic Gold Medalist [1976, 1984] & Hall of Famer: 400-meter hurdles: the first athlete to use 13 strides between hurdles; 1983 winner of Sullivan Award: the US outstanding amateur athlete, is born.Ref: 4
1958*Von (Francis) Hayes baseball: Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies [World Series: 1983/all-star: 1989], California Angels, is born.Ref: 4
1959*Tony DeFranco singer: group: The DeFranco Family: Heartbeat, It’s a Lovebeat, is born.Ref: 4
1959*Rachel Dennison Knoxville Tn, actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), is born.Ref: 5
1961*David Chastain heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland), is born.Ref: 5
1963*Reb Beach heavy metal rocker (Winger-17), is born.Ref: 5
1970*Debbie Gibson Brooklyn NY, singer (Only in My Dreams), is born.Ref: 5
1972*Chris Tucker actor: Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, House Party 3, Dead Presidents, The Fifth Element, Money Talks, Jackie Brown, is born.Ref: 4
1977*Paul Garber helped establish Air & Space Museum in Washington DC, is born.Ref: 5
1057 Leofric husband of Lady Godiva, dies.Ref: 5
1688*Death of English Puritan clergyman and writer John Bunyan, 69. Imprisoned several times between 1660 and 1672, Bunyan used these periods of isolation to pen his two literary masterpieces, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666) and Pilgrim's Progress (1678).Ref: 5
1757*Jonothan Belcher, American merchant, colonial governor of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York, dies.Ref: 17
1812*Rebecca Junkin, first wife of Xenia's early settler James Galloway Sr, dies.Ref: 54
1867*Charles-Pierre Baudelaire, French poet, translator and literary critic, dies at age 46.Ref: 70
1879*William Barber 6th US chief engraver (1844-79), dies.Ref: 5
1886*The first recorded major earthquake in U.S. history rocked Charleston, S.C., killing up to 110 peopleRef: 5
1888*Mary Ann Nicholls a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, first of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper.Ref: 5
1892*George Curtis, American author and editor, dies at age 68.Ref: 70
1919*Petlyura's Ukranian Army kills 35 members of a Jewish defense group.Ref: 5
1946 Harley Granville-Barker dies.Ref: 10
1951*Abraham Cahan, Russian-born American editor of the Jewish Daily Forward (1903-51), dies at age 91.Ref: 70
1963*Georges F Braque, French Cubist painter, dies at age 81 in Paris.Ref: 70
1964*Carole Coleman singer (Face the Music), dies at 42.Ref: 5
1968*6,000 die in 7.8 quake destroys 60,000 buildings in NE Iran.Ref: 5
1968*Dennis O'Keefe actor (Suspicion), dies at 60.Ref: 5
1969*Boxer Rocky Marciano dies in a light airplane crash in Iowa a day before his 46th birthday. He was World Heavyweight Champion from 1952-56: the only world champion to have won every fight in professional career [1947-56]. (Xenia Daily Gazette, p. 4A, 8/31/2000)Ref: 97
1973*John Ford (Sean Aloysius O’Feeney), director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man), dies at age 78.Ref: 70
1979*Sally Rand (Helen Gould Beck) dancer, stripper: inventor of the fan dance; actress: The TX Bearcat, Bachelor Brides, The Night of Love, Getting Gertie’s Garter, Bolero, Sunset Murder Case; dies.Ref: 68
1985*Sir Macfarlane Burnet, Australian Nobel Prize-winning physician and virologist (1960), dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1986*Henry Moore English sculptor: Sheep Piece, Large Oval with Points, Stringed Figure No. 1; dies at age 88.Ref: 4
1986*82 people are killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a small private plane collided over Cerritos CA. (XDG, p. 4A, 8/31/2000)Ref: 83
1988*14 people are killed when a Delta Boeing 727 crashes during takeoff from Dallas-fort Worth Airport. (XDG, p. 4A, 8/31/2000)Ref: 83
1989*Claire Booth Luce playwright: The Women, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, Margin of Error; editor: Vogue, Vanity Fair; politician: U.S. Congresswoman [1943-47]; U.S. Ambassador to Italy [1953-56]; dies.Ref: 4
1990*Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attackRef: 5
1997*Diana, Britain’s Princess of Wales, was killed in an early-morning car crash in Paris, France. Also killed was her millionaire companion, Harrods department store heir, Dodi Fayed. The couple was being chased by aggressive paparazzie (photographers) on motorcycles at the time of the crash.Ref: 4
2000*An LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff from Buenos Aires, Argentina, killing 72 people, including five on the ground.Ref: 6
2002*Jazz musician and bandleader Lionel Hampton died in New York City at age 94.Ref: 70

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