31st August

Born on this day 31st August
1889 Bombardier Billy Wells
1897 Frederic March
1932 Roy Castle
1916 Robert Hanbury Brown
1938 Martin Bell
1944 Clive Lloyd
1949 Richard Gere
1962 Todd Carty
1970 Debbie Gibson
1975 Daniel Harding
1992 Holly Earl
1995 Ceallach Spellman

1969 Rocky Marciano
1973 John Ford
1997 Diana, Princess of Wales


1965 In their 10th & final concert of their North American tour, the Beatles returned to the first venue San Francisco’s Cow Palace

1973 The Rolling Stones’ album ‘Goat’s Headed Soup’ was released

1986 Bob Geldof married Paula Yates in Las Vegas. The witnesses at the wedding were Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox

1998 Titanic became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600m


1976 Crowds cheered when rain stopped play at Lords, ending the country’s worst drought in 250 years

1988 A trainer was blamed for the death of a Brazilian swimmer who drowned 3 miles off the French coast. Eyewitnesses said the trainer pushed the swimmer to far and refused to let her give up


1848 Charles Dickens’ ‘Daily News’ became the first newspaper to print daily weather forecasts

1989 Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Anne was to be separated from Captain Mark Phillips


1422 King Henry V died from dysentry whilst in France, with 9 month old Henry V succeeding him to the throne

1535 Pope Paul II deposed and excommunicated Henry VIII

1900 Coca-cola went on sale in the UK for the first time

1994 The IRA called a halt to 25 years of violence with a cease-fire

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.

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