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On August 31st, 1980, Poland's
Solidarity labor movement was born with an
agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a
On this date:
In 1886, an earthquake rocked
Charleston, South Carolina, killing up to 110
In 1887, Thomas
A. Edison received a patent for his
"Kinetoscope," a device which produced
In 1888, Mary Ann
Nicholls was found murdered in London's East End
in what is generally regarded as the first
slaying committed by "Jack the Ripper."
In 1935, President
Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of
U-S arms to belligerents.
In 1941, the radio
program "The Great Gildersleeve"
debuted on NBC.
In 1954, Hurricane
"Carol" hit the northeastern United
States, resulting in nearly 70 deaths.
In 1969, boxer
Rocky Marciano died in a light airplane crash in
Iowa, a day before his 46th birthday.
In 1985, Richard
Ramirez, later convicted of California's
"Night Stalker" killings, was captured
by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood.
In 1986, 82 people
were killed when an Aeromexico jetliner and a
small private plane collided over Cerritos,
In 1988, 14 people
were killed when a Delta Boeing 727 crashed
during takeoff from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
Ten years ago: UN
Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met
twice with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz in
Amman, Jordan, trying to negotiate a solution to
the Persian Gulf crisis.
Five years ago: At
the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles, Judge
Lance Ito ruled the defense could play only two
examples of police detective Mark Fuhrman's
racist comments from taped conversations with a
One year ago:
Detroit's teachers went on strike, wiping out the
first day of class for 172-thousand students in
one of the largest teachers' strikes in years.
(The walkout lasted nine days.) An LAPA Boeing
737-200 crashed on takeoff from Buenos Aires,
Argentina, killing 72 people, including five on
"Marriage is a great
institution, but I'm not ready for an
Mae West, American actress (1892-1980).