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  • On This Day: What happened on 31 August?

    On This Day: What happened on 31 August?

    Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 31 August, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


    2012 | Anti-apartheid activist Sister Bernard Ncube dies at the age of 80.

    1979 | Former South African Prime Minister Botha visited Soweto on this day. 

    1997 | Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, died in a car accident in Paris

    2006 | Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, stolen on August 22, 2004, was found in a Norwegian police raid.

    1999 | The first of a series of bombings in Moscow killed one person and 40 others were injured. 

    1999 | A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashed during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, 65 people were killed including two on the ground.

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    1937 | American actor, Warren Berlinger. 

    1940 | American actor, director, and producer, Larry Hankin. 

    1955 | English saxophonist and bass player, Anthony Thistlethwaite. 

    1958 | Venezuelan-French rugby player and businessman, Serge Blanco. 

    1983 | American football player, Larry Fitzgerald. 


    2013 | English journalist and game show host, David Frost, 74.

    1984 | American baseball player, obstetrician, and gynecologist, Audrey Wagner, 57.

    1986 | Finnish journalist, lawyer, and politician, 8th President of Finland, Urho Kekkonen, 86.

    2013 | English footballer and manager, Jimmy Greenhalgh, 90.

    2002 | American pianist, composer, and bandleader, Lionel Hampton, 94.


    2006 | Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez joined West Ham United on this day despite being on the wanted list of Real Madrid and Manchester United. 


    2012 | In the United States, “Secret of the wings” was released on this day for the first time. 


    For the first 30 years of independence, Malawi was ruled by a one-party rule under President Hastings Banda.

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