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August 31 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 31. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 51 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 1056
    After a sudden illness a few days previously, Byzantine Empress Theodora dies childless, thus ending the Macedonian dynasty.
  • 1218
    Al-Kamil becomes Sultan of Egypt, Syria and northern Mesopotamia on the death of his father Al-Adil I.
  • 1314
    King Håkon V Magnusson moves the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.
  • 1422
    King Henry V of England dies of dysentery while in France. His son, Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months.
  • 1795
    War of the First Coalition: The British capture Trincomalee (present-day Sri Lanka) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands.
  • 1798
    Irish Rebellion of 1798: Irish rebels, with French assistance, establish the short-lived Republic of Connacht.
  • 1803
    Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh at 11 in the morning.
  • 1813
    At the final stage of the Peninsular War, British-Portuguese troops capture the town of Donostia (now San Sebastián), resulting in a rampage and eventual destruction of the town. Elsewhere, Spanish troops repel a French attack in the Battle of San Marcial.
  • 1864
    During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta.
  • 1876
    Ottoman Sultan Murad V is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abdul Hamid II.
  • 1886
    An earthquake kills 100 in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • 1888
    Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.
  • 1895
    German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
  • 1897
    Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
  • 1907
    Count Alexander Izvolsky and Sir Arthur Nicolson sign the St. Petersburg Convention, which results in the Triple Entente alliance.
  • 1913
    Police attack a union rally during the Dublin Lock-out, killing two people and injuring hundreds.
  • 1918
    World War I: Start of the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin, a successful assault by the Australian Corps during the Hundred Days Offensive.
  • 1920
    Polish–Soviet War: A decisive Polish victory in the Battle of Komarów.
  • 1920
    The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit.
  • 1935
    In an attempt to stay out of the growing turmoil in Europe, the United States passes the first of its Neutrality Acts.

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