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Notable Historical Events for August 31st

1924Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:06.2)

1976George Harrison found guilty of plagiarising "My Sweet Lord"

1950Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves

1535Pope Paul II excommunicates King Henry VIII of England

200623rd MTV Awards: Panic! At the Disco, Kelly Clarkson & James Blunt wins

1999Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

1968Private Eye magazine reports a John Lennon & Yoko Ono album will have a picture of them nude on cover

1923Mussolini's troops occupy Corfu

1945The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies.

1910Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in Kansas advocating a 'square deal': property shall be 'the servant and not the master of the commonwealth'

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Notable Birthdays on August 31st

161Commodus, Lanuvium, Roman Emperor (180-92)

1931Jean Marc Beliveau, Trois-Rivieres Quebec, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups)

1870Maria Montessori, Italy, educator (spontaneous response), (d. 1952)

1949Richard Gere, Phila Pa, actor (Breathless, Cotton Club, Pretty Woman)

1907Ramon Magsaysay, politician and 7th President of the Philippines (US Legion of Merit-1952) at Iba Philippines (d. 1957)

12Caligula, [Gaius Caesar], 3rd Roman emperor (37-41 AD)

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Notable Weddings on August 31st

1952Soprano singer Leontyne Mary Violet Price (25) weds concert bass-baritone singer William Warfield (32)

1940Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

August 31st Weddings
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Notable Deaths on August 31st

1888Mary Ann Nichols, a 42-year-old prostitute, was found stabbed to death in London, 1st of at least five murders by Jack the Ripper

1973John Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78

1997Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

1969Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

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