ON THIS DAY
Today is August 31, the 243rd day of 2015. Highlights in history on this date: 1888 - Mary Ann Nicholls is found murdered in London’s East End. She is the first victim of Jack the Ripper. 1933 - The town of Stuart in the Northern Territory is renamed Alice Springs. 1994 - IRA declares an open-ended ceasefire in its 24-year campaign against British rule of Northern Ireland. 1997 - Diana, Princess of Wales, is killed in a car crash in Paris. 2012 - Kofi Annan steps down as a would-be peacemaker among Syria’s warring parties, having failed to end the conflict in the Arab state.