TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
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.