August 31


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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