History of the day: List of major events
Everything that happened on 31 August is highlighted in the blog below. What were the major events and challenges of this day? What happened on 31 August? History and famous personalities.
History – Indian
1751- Arcot occupied
On August 31, 1751, English troops under Sir Robert Clive occupied Arcot, India.
1778 – Indian massive killing
On August 31, 1778, the British killed 17 Stockbridge Indians in The Bronx during Revolution.
1995 – Beant Singh, CM of Punjab killed
On August 31, 1995, In India blast, a bomb killed 18 people, including Beant Singh, chief minister of the northern state of Punjab. Singh had become the chief minister of Punjab, home to most Indian Sikhs, in 1992, and began crushing a Sikh militant movement that sought a separate homeland.
2006 – Bihar Floods
On August 31, 2006, in eastern India, at least 30 people drowned when a crowded boat capsized in the rain-swollen Ganges River in the state of Bihar.
2007 – Free Trade Agreement
On August 31, 2007, Australia and India agreed to study the possibility of a free trade agreement. Trade Minister Warren Truss said it was a natural result of New Delhi’s rising economic power.
Births – Indian
Emperor Fatehpur Sikri
On August 31, 1569, Fourth Mughal Emperor Fatehpur Sikri was born. He directed the building of the · Jama Masjid (Great Mosque; 1571).
Composer Yuvan Shankar Raja
On August 31, 1979, Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer-songwriter.
Author Amrita Pritam
On August 31, 1919, Amrita Pritam was an Indian novelist, essayist and poet, who wrote in Punjabi and Hindi.
Director Rituparno Ghosh
On August 31, 1963, Rituparno Ghosh was an Indian film director, actor, writer and lyricist. After pursuing a degree in economics, he started his career as a creative artist at an advertising agency.
History – International
1512- Florence Governor
On August 31, 1512, Giuliano de Medici became the new governor of Florence.
1707 – Treaty of Altranstadt
On August 31, 1707, The Treaty or Convention of Altranstädt was signed between Charles XII of Sweden and Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor.
1756 – British surrendered to France
On August 31, 1756, The British at Fort William Henry, New England, surrendered to Louis Montcalm of France.
1802 – Pacific Ocean trek
On August 31, 1802, Captain Meriwether Lewis left Pittsburgh to meet up with Captain William Clark and begin their trek to the Pacific Ocean.
1999 – Lapa Airline crash
On August 31, 1999, In Argentina 72 people were killed, including 5 on the ground, when a Lapa Airlines Boeing 737 crashed after takeoff from Jorge Newberry airport in Buenos Aires. There were 26 survivors.
Births – International
On August 31, 12 AD, Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, was the third Roman emperor, ruling from AD 37 to 41. The children (Germanicus and Agrippina) were born in the first ruling family of the Roman Empire.
Composer Johann Paul
On August 31, 1741, Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, the composer was born who was best known for reggae music.
Poet Theophile Gautier
On August 31, 1811, Théophile Gautier a French poet, novelist and author of “Art for Art’s Sake,” was born.
Serial killer Andrew Cunanan
On August 31, 1969, Andrew Phillip Cunanan a professional serial killer was born. His victims included fashion designer Gianni Versace.
Educator Marva Collins
On August 31, 1936, Marva Collins, innovative an educator who started Chicago’s one-room school, Westside Preparatory, was born.
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