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August 31st What Happened on the day you were born on This day in History For Those With Birthdays or looking for specific year these years are Included on this date 1928, 1929, 1934, 1945, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1978, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, Born This Day,
France 1997 France Princess Diana Aug. 31, 1997: Diana The Princess of Wales and her constant companion Dodi Fayed are killed in a car crash in Paris as was the driver Henri Paul who was drunk at the time, the driver was trying to escape from Paparazzi photographers. The Princess had divorced from Prince Charles in 1996. Diana was known affectionately as ( The Peoples Princess ) because of her winning smile and caring attitude and her willingness to work for charities close to her heart including Aids and campaigning against the use of Land Mines. Find More What happened in 1997

UK 1888 UK Jack the Ripper Aug. 31, 1888 : The first attributed to victim of Jack the Ripper "Mary Ann Nichols" a prostitute from London's East End was found mutilated and murdered in London's East End close to Whitechapel Rd because of this and other murders in the area the police file was called "the Whitechapel Murders.". Jack the Ripper is thought to have murdered 11 prostitutes from 1885 to 1891 but as he was never caught , it is possible some of the murders were committed by others. "Mary Ann Nichols" and four others were definitely identified as the work of a single serial killer.

U.S. 1928 U.S.A. New Service August 31, 1928: A new service connecting Chicago and the twin cities of St Paul and Minneapolis will begin tomorrow with an integrated rail and Air service from Northwest Airways connecting with express trains to the cities, the new service will cut 8hrs off the current travel time saving a whole day of travelling.

UK 1934 United Kingdom $5.00 to the Pound Aug. 31, 1934: The value of the pound sterling has dropped below the $5.00 mark for the first time since devaluation.

Japan 1945 Japan Japanese Prisoners Of War Aug. 31, 1945: As Japanese prisoners of war are reaching rescue ships more and more stories of Japanese Brutality and many had spent months in solitary confinement, every single prisoner is suffering from malnutrition.

U.S. 1954 U.S.A. Hurricane Carol Aug. 31, 1954 : Hurricane Carol makes landfall on Long Island and Connecticut, resulting in nearly 70 deaths and millions of dollars in damage.

Malaya 1957 Malaya Independence Aug. 31, 1957 : The hand over of power from Britain to the country of Malaya has now taken place making Malaya an independent nation but will continue to be a member of the British Commonwealth.

UK 1959 UK American President Dwight Eisenhower Aug. 31, 1959 : The British prime minister Harold Macmillan and the American President Dwight Eisenhower discuss the threat of Communism to the free world, world peace and global poverty during an historic live television broadcast from Downing Street.

Switzerland 1978 Switzerland Climate Change August 31, 1978: 400 of the worlds top climatologists are meeting in Geneva to discuss climate change and if changes in Climate is influenced by pollution.

UK 1989 England Princess Anne Separation Aug. 31, 1989: Princess Anne the only daughter of the Queen of England announced her separation from her husband Mark Phillips, but they have stated they do not intend to get divorced .

Germany 1992 Germany Anti Immigrant Violence Aug. 31, 1992: A new unhealthy movement is gaining ground in Germany which seeks to blame Immigrants for the current economic downturn, this same movement is creating a surge of racist violence aimed at poor immigrant families.

U.S. 1992 U.S.A. Randy Weaver Aug. 31, 1992: After a stand off siege of Randy Weaver's property in the mountains in Naples, Idaho, with several hundred federal agents surrounding the house for 11 days, during which his wife and one of his sons is killed. A deputy U.S. marshal is also killed during the standoff. Randy Weaver agrees to abandon the stand-off and surrender, He was then charged with murder and multiple firearms charges. He was acquitted of murder when his Attorney argued successfully that Weaver's actions were justifiable as self-defense. He was eventually sentenced to 18 months in prison for the failure to appear charge relating to the original firearms charges.

U.S. 1998 U.S.A. Dow drops 512 points in one day Aug. 31, 1998 : Dow Jones index drops 512 points in a single day, finishing at 7539.1. This brings the drop to close to 20% lower since highs on July 17th when the dow stood at 9337. The fall has been blamed on problems with the Russia financial markets and worry over the latest US economic figures which indicate a slowdown in the US economy.

Argentina 1999 Argentina Plane Crash Aug. 31, 1999 : A Boeing 737 Flight 3142 belonging to Lineas Aereas Privadas Argentinas (Lapa) airlines crashes in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires shortly after take off killing 69 of the 90 passengers and crew.

U.S. 2000 U.S.A. US authorities blame Firestone problem tyres. August 31, 2000 : US authorities have issued a new report increasing the number of fatalaties from 62 to 88 caused through faulty Bridgestone/Firestone tyres fitted to Ford's Explorer range of vehicles.

South Korea 2002 South Korea Typhoon Rusa Aug. 31, 2002 : Typhoon Rusa strikes the South Korea peninsula leaving over 100 dead and the eastern port city of Kangnung nearly fully submerged, with water reaching the roofs of houses.

U.S. 2005 U.S.A. US To release more Oil Aug. 31, 2005 : US authorities are to release additional oil from the country's emergency stocks to provide some relief from the damage hurricane Katrina did to oil rigs and oil platforms based in the Gulf of Mexico. Concerns over the supply of oil had forced the price of a barrel of oil to new highs of $70.85 a barrel

U.S. 2005 U.S.A. Curfew Placed On New Orleans Aug. 31, 2005 : Following the looting and lawlessness in the city a curfew is Imposed On City Of New Orleans, the US Coast Guard continues finding survivors and flying them to safety. Due to lack of clean water a public health emergency is declared for the area. Hurricane Katrina

India 2006 India Execution Sentence Upheld Aug. 31, 2006 : The Indian Supreme Court has upheld the decision to allow the execution of two Indian Women to continue . The women had been found guilty kidnapping, using the children as young as 2 years old to beg and steal and then murdered the children.

2007 Germany Synagogue Re-Opened Aug. 31, 2007 : The largest synagogue in Germany reopened after undergoing a three year restoration on this day. The synagogue in Berlin survived Nazi and Communist rule but fell into disrepair.

2008 Mexico Countrywide Protests Aug. 31, 2008 : Many hundreds of thousands of people across Mexico held protests on this day. The protests were held in a reaction to the continued and increased violence in the country related to gang activities and drugs. The protestors felt that the federal and local governments have not made any major efforts to curb the violence.

Germany 2011 Germany German City Installs Tax Meters for Prostitutes 31st August, 2011 : The German city of Bonn installed a meter to tax prostitutes. The meter would tax prostitutes for soliciting on the streets at a rate of six euros per night and was installed near an industrial area frequented by prostitutes and their clients.

United States 2012 United States Wyoming Gray Wolves Lose Federal Protection
31st August, 2012 : Gray wolves in the US state of Wyoming were dropped from the US government's list of endangered species after a successful twenty year program to repopulate the species. New rules have stated the Wyoming needs to maintain at least ten pairs of breeding wolves and cannot have less than one-hundred of the animals, but citizens can shoot wolves on sight in most areas of the state. The changes came after ranchers complained that the wolves were killing their livestock and posing a threat on their properties.

2013 China Chemical Leak in Shanghai

31st August, 2013 : A chemical leak in the Chinese city of Shanghai killed fifteen people and injured another twenty-six people. The deaths were caused by the leakage of liquid ammonia in a cold storage unit owned by a seafood company.

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