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August 31 Birthdays

Maria Montessori
1870–1952, Italian educator and physician.

Georg Jensen
silversmith (1866)

queen (1880)

Alan Jay Lerner
lyricist and librettist (1918)

Itzhak Perlman
concert violinist (1945)

Van Morrison
singer, songwriter (1945)

Richard Gere
actor (1949)

August 31 in History


Thomas Edison received a patent for his "Kinetoscope," and moving pictures were born.


Mary Ann Nicholls, considered to be Jack the Ripper's first victim, was found murdered in London.


Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Great Britain.


Poland's Solidarity labor movement had its beginnings when an agreement ending a 17-day strike was signed in Gdansk.


Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states.


Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a car accident in Paris.


Armenia severed diplomatic relations with Hungary, after the pardoning of Ramil Safarov. In 2004, Safarov was convicted of killing an Armenian soldier.

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