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 This day in History - August 31
390 Historic Events for August 31
1973

Reggie Geary, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs)

Birth
1973

1st heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)

Event
1974

Jessy Viceisza, Miss Universe-Bonaire (1996)

Birth
1974

Jeremy O'day, CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)

Birth
1974

Pirate Radio Veronica moves into Scheveningen harbor

Event
1974

Andrei Medvedev, Kiev Ukraine, tennis star (1991 French Open junior)

Birth
1975

Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)

Birth
1975

Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24

Death
1975

Former Teamsters' president James Hoffa reported missing

Event
1976

Mexican peso devalued

Event
1976

George Harrison found guilty of plagurizing "My Sweet Lord"

Event
1976

Trinidad and Tobago adopts constitution

Event
1976

Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81

Death
1976

Waldemar Cierpinski wins 18th Olympics Marathon (2:09:55.0)

Event
1977

Ian Smith, espousing racial segregation, wins Rhodesian general election with 80% of overwhelmingly white electorate's vote

Event
1977

Aleksandr Fedotov sets aircraft alt rec of 38.26 km (125,524')

Event
1977

Spyros Kyprianou appointed president of Cyprus

Event
1978

US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event
1978

Emily and William Harris plead guilty to 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst

Event
1978

Constitution adopted by Sri Lanka

Event
1979

E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies

Death
1979

Sally Rand, stripper, dies at 75

Death
1979

16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open

Event
1979

Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun

Event
1979

Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN ambassador

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