TODAY IN HISTORY
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. ALSO ON THIS DATE
French poet Charles Baudelaire, 46, died in Paris.
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.
The musical revue “The Big Show,” featuring the song “Poor Butterfly” by Raymond Hubbell and John Golden, opened at New York’s Hippodrome.
The first issue of Marvel Comics, featuring the Human Torch, was published by Timely Publications in New York.