The Courier-Mail

ON THIS DAY

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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.

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