This Day in History- August 31

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This Day in History- August 31

As the world progresses, several events unfold. Some of these events must be used as lessons for current situations that we witness. In this blog, let’s revisit the major incidents that occurred on this day in history- August 31.

What Happened in India on August 31?

1751: British troops occupy Arcot, India

The Siege of Arcot took place at Arcot, India between forces of the British East India Company led by Robert Clive and forces of Nawab of the Carnatic, Chanda Sahib, assisted by a small number of troops from the French East India Company. 

Source: Wikipedia

1956: States Reorganisation Bill

The President of India gave his consent to the States Reorganisation Bill, making it the States Reorganisation Act.

1993: Pranab Mukherjee rejoined the Union cabinet

Pranab Mukherjee rejoined the Union cabinet as commerce commissioner.

1977:  Lok Sabha created history

 Lok Sabha created history with its largest-ever sitting of about 22 hours for a special golden jubilee session debating issues of national importance.

What Happened Around the Globe on August 31?

1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie

Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Blair Castle, Scotland.

1837: “The American Scholar” speech

Ralph Waldo Emerson gave his famous “The American Scholar” speech to the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College and declared American literary independence from Europe.

1864: Atlanta Campaign

The Battle of Jonesboro Georgia ended with 1900 casualties.

1888:  Mary Ann Nichols

The mutilated body of Mary Ann Nichols was discovered in the Whitechapel district of London’s East End, and many believe she was the first victim of Jack the Ripper.

Source: History Extra

1897:  Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope

Thomas Edison patented the Kinetoscope [kinetographic camera], a device that produces moving pictures.

Source: History 101

1978: Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka.

The new Constitution promulgated on 7 September 1978, provided for a unicameral parliament and an Executive President was adopted by Sri Lanka.

1966: Harrier “jump-jet”

The Harrier “jump-jet” fighter bomber made its first flight.

1991: Independence for Uzbekistan 

On August 31, 1991, Uzbekistan declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

1994:  Pentium computer as the chess champion

 Pentium computer beats world chess champion, Garry Kasparov.

1997: Princess Diana dies in a car crash

In the early hours of 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died from the injuries she sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. 

Source: History

2006:  “The Scream” painting recovered

Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” was recovered from a raid by Norwegian police in a better-than-expected condition.

Youtube: Munch

2009:  The Walt Disney and Marvel Entertainment

The Walt Disney Company announced it will acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion.

2016: President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment

Brazilian Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from office.

2020: COVID-19

On August 31, 2020, US cases of COVID-19 passed 6 million with 183,300 deaths.

Famous Birthdays 

1970: Rania al-Abdullah, Queen of Jordan.

Source: Biography

1949: Richard Gere, American actor and humanitarian.

Source: Biography

1945: Van Morrison, Irish singer-songwriter.

Source: Rolling Stone

1569: Jahāngīr, Emperor of India.

Source: Culture India

161: Commodus, Roman emperor.

Source: Wikipedia

This was all about this day in History August 31. Hope you’re now familiar with the major events that took place on August 31. For more blogs like these and regular abroad education updates, stay tuned to Leverage Edu.

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