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To­day is Thurs­day, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2017. There are 122 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory

On Au­gust 31, 1997, Prince Charles brought Princess Diana home for the last time, es­cort­ing the body of his for­mer wife to a Bri­tain that was shocked, grief-stricken and an­gered by her death in a Paris traf­fic ac­ci­dent ear­lier that day.

On this date

1867 — French poet Charles Baude­laire, 46, died in Paris. In 1886, an earth­quake with an es­ti­mated mag­ni­tude of 7.3 dev­as­tated Charleston, South Carolina, killing at least 60 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey. 1916 — The mu­si­cal re­vue “The Big Show,” fea­tur­ing the song “Poor But­ter­fly” by Ray­mond Hubbell and John Golden, opened at New York’s Hip­po­drome. 1939 — The first is­sue of Marvel Comics, fea­tur­ing the Hu­man Torch, was pub­lished by Timely Publi­ca­tions in New York. 1941 — The ra­dio pro­gram “The Great Gilder­sleeve,” a spinoff from “Fib­ber McGee and Molly” star­ring Harold Peary, de­buted on NBC. 1954 — Hur­ri­cane Carol hit the north­east­ern At­lantic states; Con­necti­cut, Rhode Is­land and part of Mas­sachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which re­sulted in some 70 deaths. 1965 — The U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives joined the Se­nate in vot­ing to es­tab­lish the U.S. Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment. 1972 — At the Mu­nich Sum­mer Olympics, Amer­i­can swim­mer Mark Spitz won his fourth and fifth gold medals in the 100-me­ter but­ter­fly and 800-me­ter freestyle re­lay; Soviet gym­nast Olga Kor­but won gold medals in floor ex­er­cise and the bal­ance beam. 1986 — An Aeromex­ico jet­liner and a small pri­vate plane col­lided over Cer­ri­tos, Cal­i­for­nia, killing 88. 1987 — The Michael Jack­son al­bum “Bad” was re­leased by Epic Records. 1991 — Uzbek­istan and Kyr­gyzs­tan de­clared their in­de­pen­dence, rais­ing to ten the num­ber of re­publics seek­ing to se­cede from the Soviet Union. 1992 — White sep­a­ratist Randy Weaver sur­ren­dered to au­thor­i­ties in Naples, Idaho, end­ing an 11-day siege by fed­eral agents that had claimed the lives of Weaver’s wife, son and a deputy U.S. mar­shal. (Weaver was ac­quit­ted of mur­der and all other charges in con­nec­tion with the con­fronta­tion; he was con­victed of fail­ing to ap­pear for trial on firearms charges and was sen­tenced to 18 months in prison but given credit for 14 months he’d al­ready served.)

One year ago

On Mex­i­can soil for the first time as the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, a firm, but mea­sured Don­ald Trump de­fended the right of the United States to build a mas­sive bor­der wall along its south­ern flank, stand­ing up for the cen­ter­piece of his im­mi­gra­tion plan dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto.

To­day’s Birth­days

Thought for to­day ‘Fash­ion can be bought. Style one must pos­sess.’ Amer­i­can fash­ion edi­tor (1877-1957) Edna Wool­man Chase

Ja­panese mon­ster movie ac­tor Kat­sumi Tezuka (“Godzilla”) is 105. World War 2 vet­eran Paul Brook­shire of Lin­dale is 95. Rock mu­si­cian Ru­dolf Schenker (The Scor­pi­ons) is 69. Singer Tony DeFranco (The DeFranco Fam­ily) is 58. Rhythm-and-blues mu­si­cian Larry Wad­dell (Mint Con­di­tion) is 54. Ac­tor Jaime P. Gomez is 52. Base­ball pitcher Hideo Nomo is 49. Rock mu­si­cian Jeff Russo (Tonic) is 48. Singer-com­poser Deb­o­rah Gib­son is 47. Rock mu­si­cian Greg Rich­ling (Wallflow­ers) is 47. Ac­tor Zack Ward is 47. Golfer Padraig Har­ring­ton is 46. Ac­tor Chris Tucker is 45. Ac­tress Sara Ramirez is 42. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ta­mara (Trina & Ta­mara) is 40.

Paul Brook­shire

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