Wednesday, August 31, 2016
History for August 31 - On-This-Day.com
Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) 0012, Arthur Godfrey 1903, Daniel Schorr 1916
Frank Robinson 1935, Eldridge Cleaver 1935, Richard Gere 1949
1920 - The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.
1920 - John Lloyd Wright was issued a patent for "Toy-Cabin Construction," which are known as Lincoln Logs. (U.S. patent 1,351,086)
1940 - Lawrence Olivier and Vivian Leigh were married.
1964 - California officially became the most populated state in America.
1965 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
1980 - Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day strike.
1990 - U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf.
1994 - A cease-fire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.