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On This Day: August 31st

This is 243rd day of the year and 122 days remain in the year.

in history
1887
Thomas Edison received a patent for his "Kinetoscope," and moving pictures were born.
1888
Mary Ann Nicholls, considered to be Jack the Ripper's first victim, was found murdered in London.
1962
Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Great Britain.
1980
Poland's Solidarity labor movement had its beginnings when an agreement ending a 17-day strike was signed in Gdansk.
1994
Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states.
1997
Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a car accident in Paris.
2012
Armenia severed diplomatic relations with Hungary, after the pardoning of Ramil Safarov. In 2004, Safarov was convicted of killing an Armenian soldier.
August 31 BirthdaysMaria Montessori1870–1952, Italian educator and physician.
Wilhelminaqueen
Georg Jensensilversmith
Itzhak Perlmanconcert violinist
Alan Jay Lernerlyricist and librettist
Van Morrisonsinger, songwriter
Richard Gereactor



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