Today is Wednesday, August 31, the 244th day of the year 2016.  Let’s take a look at the things that happened on this day in world history:

In 1897: Thomas Edison was awarded a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph.

In 1888: A prostitute, Mary Ann Nichols, became the first reported victim of the London serial killer known as “Jack the Ripper.”

In 1903: A Packard automobile completed a 52-day journey from San Francisco to New York, becoming the first car to cross the nation under its own power.

In 1986: An Aeromexico DC-9 collided with a single-engine plane over Cerritos, California, killing 82 people, including 15 on the ground.

In 1997: Britain’s Princess Diana died of injuries following a car accident in Paris that also killed her companion, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul.

In 2003: A Russian K-159 nuclear-powered submarine was lost in the Barent Sea claiming the lives of nine of its 10-member crew. Russian authorities blamed negligence by navy officials.

In 2004: In the first major attacks inside Israel in nearly six months, Palestinian suicide bombers blew up two buses almost simultaneously in Beersheba, killing 16 passengers and wounding more than 80.

In 2005: Close to 1,000 people, most of whom were Shiite pilgrims, died in a stampede and the partial collapse of a bridge over the Tigris River in northern Baghdad.

In 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama announced the end of the American combat mission in Iraq, seven years after the war began.

In 2014: Iraqi officials said the country’s military, with help from Shiite militias, ended the militant Islamic State’s two-month siege on the town of Amerli.


Author: Dotun Obatuyi

My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.