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 This day in History - August 31
390 Historic Events for August 31
1945

Itzhak Perlman, Tel Aviv Israel, violinist/polio victim (14 Grammys)

Birth
1945

[George I] Van Morrison, Belfast, singer (Here Comes the Night)

Birth
1945

Leonid Ivanovich Popov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 35/37, 40, T-7)

Birth
1946

Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer/conductor, dies at 63

Death
1947

Hungarian communist party wins election

Event
1947

NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)

Event
1948

Andrei A Zjdanov, Rus politician (against kosmopolitism), dies at 52

Death
1948

Queen Wilhelmina celebrates 50th jubilee

Event
1949

Andr‚ Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies

Death
1949

Paul Hoffer, composer, dies at 53

Death
1949

Richard Gere, Phila Pa, actor (Breathless, Cotton Club, Pretty Woman)

Birth
1949

Rick Roberts, rocker (Firefall)

Birth
1950

Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs and a single in a game vs Braves

Event
1951

1st 33 1/3 album introduced in Dusseldorf

Event
1952

Bruce Soboroff, Chic Il, rocker (Buckinghams)

Birth
1952

Rudolf Schenker, German rock guitarist (Scorpions-Virgin Killer)

Birth
1953

Marcia Clark, [Kleks], Berkeley CA, LA DA (OJ Simpson Case)

Birth
1953

WKBG (now WLVI) TV channel 56 in Cambridge-Boston, MA (IND) begins

Event
1953

KRBC TV channel 9 in Abilene, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event
1954

Indians beat Yanks 6-1 for record tying 26 wins in August (1931 A's)

Event
1954

Census Bureau forms

Event
1954

Tula, [Barry Kenneth Cossey], Engld, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)

Birth
1954

Hurricane Carol (1st major named storm) hits New England, 70 die

Event
1954

WMTW TV channel 8 in Portland-Poland Spring, ME (ABC) begins

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1955

KTRE TV channel 9 in Lufkin, TX (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting

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