Today in History, English
Today in History, English

98851August 31Event1982 – Anti-government demonstrations are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.
98852August 31Event1986 – Aeroméxico Flight 498 collides with a Piper PA-28 Cherokee over Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.
98853August 31Event1986 – The Soviet passenger liner Admiral Nakhimov sinks in the Black Sea after colliding with the bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev, killing 423.
98854August 31Event1987 – Thai Airways Flight 365 crashes into the ocean near Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.
98855August 31Event1991 – Kyrgyzstan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
98856August 31Event1992 – Pascal Lissouba is inaugurated as the President of the Republic of the Congo.
98857August 31Event1993 – Russia completes removing its troops from Lithuania.
98858August 31Event1994 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire.
98859August 31Event1996 – Saddam Hussein's troops seized Irbil after the Kurdish Masoud Barzani appealed for help to defeat his Kurdish rival PUK.
98860August 31Event1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
98861August 31Event1998 – North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, its first satellite.
98862August 31Event1999 – The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
98863August 31Event1999 – A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
98864August 31Event2005 – The 2005 Al-Aaimmah bridge stampede in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
98865August 31Event2006 – Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream, stolen on August 22, 2004, is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.
98866August 31Event2012 – A 7.6-magnitude earthquake strikes the Philippine province of Eastern Samar.
98867August 31Birth12 – Caligula, Roman emperor (d. 41)
98868August 31Birth161 – Commodus, Roman emperor (d. 192)
98869August 31Birth1602 – Amalia of Solms-Braunfels (d. 1675)
98870August 31Birth1652 – Ferdinando Carlo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat (d. 1708)
98871August 31Birth1663 – Guillaume Amontons, French physicist and instrument maker (d. 1705)
98872August 31Birth1721 – George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (d. 1775)
98873August 31Birth1741 – Jean-Paul-Égide Martini, French composer and educator (d. 1816)
98874August 31Birth1748 – Jean-Étienne Despréaux, French ballet dancer, choreographer, composer, and playwright (d. 1820)
98875August 31Birth1767 – Henry Joy McCracken, Irish businessman and activist, founded the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
98876August 31Birth1775 – Agnes Bulmer, English poet and author (d. 1836)
98877August 31Birth1802 – Husein Gradaščević, Ottoman general (d. 1834)
98878August 31Birth1821 – Hermann von Helmholtz, German physician and physicist (d. 1894)
98879August 31Birth1822 – Galusha A. Grow, American lawyer and politician, 28th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1907)
98880August 31Birth1834 – Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer and educator (d. 1886)

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