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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.

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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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