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31st of August 1056 EVENT Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill, dying suddenly a few days later without children to succeed the throne, thus ending the Macedonian dynasty.
31st of August 1218 EVENT Al-Kamil becomes Sultan of Egypt, Syria and northern Mesopotamia on the death of his father Al-Adil.
31st of August 1314 EVENT King Hakon V Magnusson moves the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.
31st of August 1422 EVENT King Henry V of England dies of dysentery while in France.
31st of August 1422 EVENT Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months.
31st of August 1803 EVENT Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 11 in the morning.
31st of August 1813 EVENT At the final stage of the Peninsular War British-Portuguese troops capture the town of Donostia (now San Sebastian), resulting in a rampage and eventual destruction of the town.
31st of August 1864 EVENT During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta, Georgia.
31st of August 1876 EVENT Ottoman sultan Murat V is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abd-ul-Hamid II.
31st of August 1886 EVENT An earthquake kills 100 in Charleston, South Carolina.
31st of August 1888 EVENT Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper's confirmed victims.
31st of August 1897 EVENT Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
31st of August 1907 EVENT Count Alexander Izvolsky and Sir Arthur Nicolson sign the St. Petersburg Convention, which results in the Triple Entente alliance.
31st of August 1920 EVENT Polish-Bolshevik War: a decisive Polish victory in the Battle of Komarow.
31st of August 1920 EVENT The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit, Michigan.
31st of August 1939 EVENT Nazi Germany mounts a staged attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day thus starting World War II in Europe.
31st of August 1940 EVENT Pennsylvania Central Airlines Trip 19 crashes near Lovettsville, Virginia. The CAB investigation of the accident is the first investigation to be conducted under the Bureau of Air Commerce act of 1938.
31st of August 1943 EVENT The USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, is commissioned.
31st of August 1945 EVENT The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies.
31st of August 1948 EVENT Actor Robert Mitchum is arrested in a Hollywood drug raid. He would later be found guilty of criminal conspiracy to possess marijuana and sentenced to 60 days in prison.
31st of August 1949 EVENT The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
31st of August 1957 EVENT The Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
31st of August 1958 EVENT A parcel bomb sent by Ngo Dinh Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, fails to kill King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
31st of August 1962 EVENT Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent.
31st of August 1963 EVENT Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore achieve technical independence pending accession to the Federation of Malaysia
31st of August 1965 EVENT The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft makes its first flight.
31st of August 1978 EVENT William and Emily Harris, founders of the Symbionese Liberation Army, plead guilty to the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst.
31st of August 1980 EVENT Zimbabwe establishes diplomatic relations with Algeria.
31st of August 1986 EVENT The Soviet passenger liner Admiral Nakhimov sinks in the Black Sea after colliding with the bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev, killing 423.
31st of August 1986 EVENT Aeromexico Flight 498 collides with a Piper PA-28 over Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.
31st of August 1991 EVENT Kyrgyzstan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
31st of August 1992 EVENT Pascal Lissouba is inaugurated as the President of the Republic of the Congo .
31st of August 1993 EVENT HMS Mercury closes after 52 years in commission.
31st of August 1994 EVENT The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire.
31st of August 1997 EVENT Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
31st of August 1998 EVENT North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong-1, its first satellite.
31st of August 1999 EVENT The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
31st of August 1999 EVENT A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including 2 on the ground.
31st of August 2005 EVENT A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
31st of August 2006 EVENT Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.
31st of August 0012 BIRTHDAY Gaius Caligula, Roman Emperor (d. 41)
31st of August 0161 BIRTHDAY Commodus, Roman Emperor (d. 192)
31st of August 1569 BIRTHDAY Jahangir, Mughal Emperor of India (d. 1627)
31st of August 1602 BIRTHDAY Countess Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1675)
31st of August 1652 BIRTHDAY Ferdinand Charles, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat (d. 1708)
31st of August 1663 BIRTHDAY Guillaume Amontons, French physicist and instrument maker (d. 1705)
31st of August 1721 BIRTHDAY George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (d. 1775)
31st of August 1741 BIRTHDAY Jean Paul Egide Martini, French composer (d. 1816)
31st of August 1767 BIRTHDAY Henry Joy McCracken, Irish political activist, founder of the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
31st of August 1802 BIRTHDAY Husein Gradascevic, Bosnian general (d. 1834)
31st of August 1821 BIRTHDAY Hermann von Helmholtz, German scientist (d. 1894)
31st of August 1822 BIRTHDAY Galusha A. Grow, American politician (d. 1907)
31st of August 1834 BIRTHDAY Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (d. 1886)
31st of August 1842 BIRTHDAY Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, American publisher, journalist, suffragist and civil rights leader (d. 1924)
31st of August 1843 BIRTHDAY Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1919)
31st of August 1870 BIRTHDAY Maria Montessori, Italian educator (d. 1952)
31st of August 1871 BIRTHDAY James E. Ferguson, American politician, 26th Governor of Texas (d. 1944)
31st of August 1878 BIRTHDAY Frank Jarvis, American sprinter (d. 1933)
31st of August 1879 BIRTHDAY Alma Mahler, Austrian socialite, wife of composer Gustav Mahler (d. 1964)
31st of August 1879 BIRTHDAY Emperor Taisho of Japan (d. 1926)
31st of August 1880 BIRTHDAY Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (d. 1962)
31st of August 1885 BIRTHDAY DuBose Heyward, American playwright (d. 1940)
31st of August 1893 BIRTHDAY Lily Laskine, French harpist (d. 1988)
31st of August 1894 BIRTHDAY Albert Facey, Australian writer (d. 1982)
31st of August 1896 BIRTHDAY Felix-Antoine Savard, Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)
31st of August 1897 BIRTHDAY Fredric March, American actor (d. 1975)
31st of August 1900 BIRTHDAY Gino Lucetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1943)
31st of August 1903 BIRTHDAY Arthur Godfrey, American television host (d. 1983)
31st of August 1903 BIRTHDAY Vladimir Jankelevitch, French philosopher (d. 1985)
31st of August 1905 BIRTHDAY Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher (d. 1997)
31st of August 1907 BIRTHDAY Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (d. 2007)
31st of August 1907 BIRTHDAY William Shawn, American editor (d. 1992)
31st of August 1907 BIRTHDAY Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines (d. 1957)
31st of August 1907 BIRTHDAY Altiero Spinelli, Italian advocate of European federalism (d. 1986)
31st of August 1908 BIRTHDAY William Saroyan, American novelist (d. 1981)
31st of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Edward Brongersma, Dutch politician, writer and political activist (d. 1998)
31st of August 1913 BIRTHDAY Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer
31st of August 1913 BIRTHDAY Helen Levitt, American photographer (d. 2009)
31st of August 1914 BIRTHDAY Richard Basehart, American actor (d. 1984)
31st of August 1916 BIRTHDAY Daniel Schorr, American journalist (d. 2010)
31st of August 1916 BIRTHDAY Danny Litwhiler, American baseball player and coach
31st of August 1916 BIRTHDAY John S. Wold, American politician
31st of August 1918 BIRTHDAY Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (d. 1986)
31st of August 1919 BIRTHDAY Amrita Preetam, Indian poet and author (d. 2005)
31st of August 1920 BIRTHDAY Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (d. 2010)
31st of August 1920 BIRTHDAY G. D. Spradlin, American actor
31st of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Raymond Williams, Welsh academic (d. 1988)
31st of August 1924 BIRTHDAY Buddy Hackett, American actor and comedian (d. 2003)
31st of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Jaime Sin, Philippine cardinal and patriot (d. 2005)
31st of August 1928 BIRTHDAY James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)
31st of August 1931 BIRTHDAY Jean Beliveau, Canadian ice hockey player
31st of August 1931 BIRTHDAY Noble Willingham, American actor (d. 2004)
31st of August 1934 BIRTHDAY Nikos Xanthopoulos, Greek actor
31st of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Eldridge Cleaver, American political activist (d. 1998)
31st of August 1935 BIRTHDAY Frank Robinson, American baseball player and manager
31st of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Bobby Parker, American blues-rock guitarist
31st of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Warren Berlinger, American actor
31st of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Martin Bell, British journalist
31st of August 1938 BIRTHDAY Murray Gleeson, Chief Justice of Australia
31st of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Jerry Allison, American drummer (The Crickets)
31st of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Jack Thompson, Australian actor
31st of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Roger Newman, British-born American television actor and writer (d. 2010)
31st of August 1941 BIRTHDAY William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman
31st of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Leonid Ivashov, Russian general
31st of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Clive Lloyd, Guyanese West Indies cricketer
31st of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Roger Dean, English artist
31st of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Jos LeDuc, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999)
31st of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Van Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter
31st of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Itzhak Perlman, Israeli violinist
31st of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Jerome Corsi, American writer
31st of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Mona Marshall, American voice actress
31st of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Yumiko Oshima, Japanese manga artist
31st of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Somchai Wongsawat, 26th Prime Minister of Thailand
31st of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Luca di Montezemolo, Italian businessman
31st of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter
31st of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Ken McMullen, English film director
31st of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)
31st of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Holger Osieck, German footballer and coach
31st of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Rudolf Schenker, German guitarist (Scorpions)
31st of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Richard Gere, American actor
31st of August 1949 BIRTHDAY H. David Politzer, American physicist, Nobel laureate
31st of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Herbert Reul, German politician
31st of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Miguel Angel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
31st of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Gyorgy Karoly, Hungarian author
31st of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Pavel Vinogradov, Russian cosmonaut
31st of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Julie Brown, American actress, singer-songwriter and screenwriter
31st of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Edwin Moses, American hurdler
31st of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Olek Krupa, Polish actor
31st of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Gary Webb, American journalist (d. 2004)
31st of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Maria Balazova, Slovak painter
31st of August 1956 BIRTHDAY Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
31st of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Gina Schock, American drummer (The Go-Go's)
31st of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Colm O'Rourke, Irish footballer and commentator
31st of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Glenn Tilbrook, English singer and guitarist (Squeeze)
31st of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer
31st of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Ralph Krueger, Canadian ice hockey coach
31st of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Chris Whitley, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
31st of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper
31st of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Dee Bradley Baker, American voice actor
31st of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Reb Beach, American guitarist (Winger, Whitesnake)
31st of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Todd Carty, Irish actor
31st of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Sonny Silooy, Dutch footballer
31st of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Raymond P. Hammond, American poet and editor
31st of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Daniel Bernhardt, Swiss actor
31st of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Willie Watson, New Zealand cricketer
31st of August 1965 BIRTHDAY Celine Bonnier, French-Canadian actress
31st of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Jan Einar Thorsen, Norwegian alpine skier
31st of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Nigel Avery, New Zealand weightlifter
31st of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Cake, British actor
31st of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Gene Hoglan, American drummer (Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Fear Factory)
31st of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Anita Moen, Norwegian cross-country skier
31st of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Valdon Dowiyogo, Nauruan politician and Australian football player
31st of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Hideo Nomo, Japanese baseball player
31st of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Nathalie Bouvier, French alpine skier
31st of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Andrew Cunanan, American spree killer (d. 1997)
31st of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Jonathan LaPaglia, Australian actor
31st of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Javagal Srinath, Indian cricketer
31st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Deborah Gibson, American singer
31st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Arie van Lent, Dutch-born German footballer
31st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Nikola Gruevski, 6th Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia
31st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Queen Rania of Jordan
31st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Amy Stein, American photographer
31st of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Zack Ward, Canadian actor
31st of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Padraig Harrington, Irish golfer
31st of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Chris Tucker, American actor and comedian
31st of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Scott Niedermayer, Canadian ice hockey player
31st of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Andriy Medvedev, Ukrainian tennis player
31st of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Craig Cumming, New Zealand cricketer
31st of August 1975 BIRTHDAY John Grahame, American ice hockey player
31st of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Daniel Harding, British conductor
31st of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Sara Ramirez, American actress
31st of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Takahiro Suwa, Japanese professional wrestler
31st of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
31st of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Roque Junior, Brazilian footballer
31st of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Radek Martinek, Czech ice hockey player
31st of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Craig Nicholls, Australian singer and guitarist (The Vines)
31st of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Jeff Hardy, American wrestler
31st of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Ian Harte, Irish footballer
31st of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Philippe Christanval, French footballer
31st of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Clay Hensley, American baseball player
31st of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Mark Johnston, Canadian swimmer
31st of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Mickie James, American professional wrestler
31st of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian film music composer
31st of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Simon Neil, Scottish singer and guitarist (Biffy Clyro)
31st of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Ramon Santiago, Dominican baseball player
31st of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Joe Budden, American rapper
31st of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Dwayne Peel, Welsh rugby union footballer
31st of August 1981 BIRTHDAY Steve Saviano, American ice hockey player
31st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Chris Duhon, American basketball player
31st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Lien Huyghebaert, Belgian sprinter
31st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Ian Crocker, American swimmer
31st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Josh Kroeger, American baseball player
31st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Alexei Mikhnov, Ukrainian-born Russian ice hockey player
31st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Jose Manuel Reina, Spanish footballer
31st of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Michele Rugolo, Italian racing driver
31st of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Deniz Aydogdu, Turkish footballer
31st of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Larry Fitzgerald, American football player
31st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Ted Ligety, American alpine skier
31st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Matti Breschel, Danish road bicycle racer
31st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Ryan Kesler, American ice hockey player
31st of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer
31st of August 1985 BIRTHDAY Andrew Foster, Australian rules footballer
31st of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player
31st of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer
31st of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Ondrej Pavelec, Czech ice hockey player
31st of August 1989 BIRTHDAY Dezmon Briscoe, American football player
31st of August 0651 DEATH Aidan of Lindisfarne, Irish bishop and missionary (birth date unknown)
31st of August 0683 DEATH Pacal II, ruler of the Maya polity of Palenque (Born 603)
31st of August 1218 DEATH Al-Adil I, Sultan of Egypt, Syria and northern Mesopotamia (Born 1145)
31st of August 1234 DEATH Emperor Go-Horikawa of Japan (Born 1212)
31st of August 1372 DEATH Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (Born 1301)
31st of August 1422 DEATH King Henry V of England (Born 1387)
31st of August 1645 DEATH Francesco Bracciolini, Italian poet (Born 1566)
31st of August 1654 DEATH Ole Worm, Danish physician (Born 1588)
31st of August 1688 DEATH John Bunyan, English writer (Born 1628)
31st of August 1730 DEATH Gottfried Finger, Czech composer
31st of August 1741 DEATH Johann Gottlieb Heineccius, German jurist (Born 1681)
31st of August 1772 DEATH William Borlase, English naturalist (Born 1695)
31st of August 1795 DEATH Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, French chess player (Born 1726)
31st of August 1799 DEATH Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect (Born 1720)
31st of August 1814 DEATH Arthur Phillip, British admiral (Born 1738)
31st of August 1817 DEATH John Thomas Duckworth, Royal Navy admiral (Born 1747)
31st of August 1867 DEATH Charles Baudelaire, French poet (Born 1821)
31st of August 1869 DEATH Mary Ward, Irish scientist (Born 1827)
31st of August 1888 DEATH "Polly" Nichols, British victim of Jack the Ripper (Born 1845)
31st of August 1920 DEATH Wilhelm Wundt, German psychologist (Born 1832)
31st of August 1920 DEATH Jens Oliver Lisberg, Faroese law student (Born 1896)
31st of August 1924 DEATH Todor Aleksandrov, Bulgarian revolutionary (Born 1881)
31st of August 1927 DEATH William Carver, American sharpshooter & show hoster (Born 1851)
31st of August 1940 DEATH Georges Gauthier, French-Canadian religious figure (Born 1871)
31st of August 1941 DEATH Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (Born 1892)
31st of August 1948 DEATH Billy Laughlin, American actor (Born 1932)
31st of August 1952 DEATH Henri Bourassa, French-Canadian politician (Born 1868)
31st of August 1954 DEATH Elsa Barker, American writer (Born 1869)
31st of August 1963 DEATH Georges Braque, French painter (Born 1882)
31st of August 1967 DEATH Ilya Ehrenburg, Russian writer (Born 1891)
31st of August 1969 DEATH Rocky Marciano, American boxer (Born 1923)
31st of August 1973 DEATH John Ford, American film director (Born 1894)
31st of August 1974 DEATH Norman Kirk, New Zealand prime minister (Born 1923)
31st of August 1974 DEATH William Pershing Benedict, American pilot (Born 1928)
31st of August 1978 DEATH John Wrathall, Rhodesian politician (Born 1913)
31st of August 1979 DEATH Sally Rand, American dancer and actress (Born 1904)
31st of August 1979 DEATH Tiger Smith, England cricketer (Born 1886)
31st of August 1984 DEATH Audrey Wagner, American baseball player [AAGPBL] (Born 1927)
31st of August 1985 DEATH Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (Born 1899)
31st of August 1986 DEATH Henry Moore, English sculptor (Born 1898)
31st of August 1986 DEATH Urho Kekkonen, Finnish politician (Born 1900)
31st of August 1995 DEATH Barry Lee Fairchild, American convicted murderer (Born 1954)
31st of August 1997 DEATH Dodi Al-Fayed, Egyptian film producer (Born 1955)
31st of August 1997 DEATH Diana, Princess of Wales (Born 1961)
31st of August 2000 DEATH Lucille Fletcher, American screenwriter (Born 1912)
31st of August 2000 DEATH Patricia Owens, Canadian actress (Born 1925)
31st of August 2000 DEATH Dolores Moore, American baseball player (Born 1932)
31st of August 2002 DEATH Farhad Mehrad, Persian singer, guitarist and pianist (Born 1944)
31st of August 2002 DEATH George Porter, English chemist, Nobel laureate (Born 1920)
31st of August 2002 DEATH Lionel Hampton, American vibraphone player (Born 1908)
31st of August 2004 DEATH Carl Wayne, English singer (Born 1943)
31st of August 2005 DEATH Joseph Rotblat, Polish-born British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (Born 1908)
31st of August 2005 DEATH Michael Sheard, British actor (Born 1940)
31st of August 2006 DEATH Mohamed Abdelwahab, Egyptian footballer (Born 1983)
31st of August 2006 DEATH Tom Delaney, British racing driver (Born 1911)
31st of August 2006 DEATH Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (Born 1977)
31st of August 2007 DEATH Jean Jacques Paradis Canadian general (Born1928)
31st of August 2007 DEATH Gay Brewer, American golfer (Born 1932)
31st of August 2007 DEATH Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler (Born 1928)
31st of August 2008 DEATH Victor Yates, New Zealand rugby player (Born 1939)
31st of August 2008 DEATH Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (Born 1933)
31st of August 2009 DEATH Erano Manalo, Filipino religious figure (Born 1925)
31st of August 2010 DEATH Laurent Fignon, French bicycle racer (Born 1960)

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