#TodayInHistory – August 31
August 31 – Some important events on this day.
1142 👉🏼 Possible date for establishment of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) League – with the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah
1422 👉🏼 Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months
1772 👉🏼 Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica
1888 👉🏼 The body of Jack the Ripper’s first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London’s East End.
Jack the Ripper was a serial Killer that, thanks to his horrible crimes, sadly became a celebrity. His failure to be capture, and the uncertainty about his identity contribute to keep alive, after more than a century from the events, the interest in his criminal life, the places where the murders took place, and the modalities of the crimes.
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1897 👉🏼 Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope (kinetographic camera), a device which produces moving pictures
1909 👉🏼 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
1920 👉🏼 Belgium starts paying old age pensions
1945 👉🏼 The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies
1957 👉🏼 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain
1978 👉🏼 Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka
1994 👉🏼 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (Sinn Féin) declares a ceasefire in Northern Ireland
1994 👉🏼 Pentium computer beats world chess champ Garry Kasparov
1997 👉🏼 Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel in Paris.
Shortly after midnight on this day, Diana, affectionately known as “the People’s Princess” dies. She was 36. Her boyfriend, the Egyptian-born socialite Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the car, Henri Paul, died as well.
Princess Diana was one of the most popular public figures in the world. Her death was met with a massive outpouring of grief. Mourners began visiting Kensington Palace immediately, leaving bouquets at the home where the princess, also known as Lady Di, would never return.
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.