Out of respect for history, the followings are some significant events that happened on this day in history : .
August 31, 1997 - Princess Diana, her boyfriend Dodi al-Fayed, driver Henrie Paul, and bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones were involved in an auto accident at Place d'Alma, France. The Princess died at 4:00 a.m. in the hospital. She was 36 years old at time of her death.
August 31, 1989 - Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips announced their separation.
August 31, 1983 – South Korea Airliner' flight 007 was shot down by Russia. All 269 passengers and crew died.
August 31, 1980 - Poland's Solidarity labor union was founded
August 31, 1972 - Mark Spitz wins his fifth swimming gold medal of the Munich Olympics. He won a total of 7 gold medals during the games.
August 31st 1968 - 6,000 people died and 60,0000 buildings destroyed in an earth quake in Iran.
August 31, 1939 - Adolf Hitler ordered his troop to invade Poland
August 31, 1900 - Coca Cola first goes on sale in Britain.
August 31, 1897 - Thomas Edison received a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph.