August 31


1803 – Lewis and Clark started their expedition to the west from Pittsburgh, PA.

1809 – Michigan’s first newspaper was printed. “The Michigan Essay” was printed in Detroit, MI. There was only 1 issue ever printed.

1887 – Thomas Edison patented the kinetoscope — the first movie projector.

1914 – Bloomingdale, MI had 9.78″ of rain in 24 hours, breaking the state’s rainfall total.

1920 – The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.

1920 – John Lloyd Wright was issued a patent for “Toy-Cabin Construction,” which we now know as “Lincoln Logs”.

1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.

1965 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

1974 – “The Partridge Family” television show ends its original run.

1985 – The “Night Stalker” killer, Richard Ramirez, was captured in Los Angeles, CA.

1991 – In a “Solidarity Day” protest hundreds of thousands of union members marched in Washington, DC.

1997 – Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul died in a car crash in Paris. Princess Di was 36.

1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

2005 – Martha Stewart was permitted to remove the electronic ankle bracelet that had been monitoring her every move under the terms of her five-month house arrest.



Van Morrison 1945 – Musician

Itzhak Perlman 1945 – Violinist, conductor,

Rudolph Schenker 1948 – Guitarist (Scorpions)

Richard Gere 1949 – Actor (“An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Pretty Woman”, “Chicago”, “Primal Fear”, “American Gigolo”)

Gina Schock 1957 – Drummer (The Go-Go’s)

Glenn Tilbrook 1957 – Singer, guitarist (Squeeze)

Tony DeFranco 1959 – Singer (The DeFranco Family)

Rachel Dennison 1959 – Actress (TV’s “9 to 5”)

Jeff Russo 1969 – Musician (Tonic)

Debbie Gibson 1970 – Singer, Actor

Chris Tucker 1971 – Actor, comedian (“Rush Hour” 1-3, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Money Talks”, “Dead Presidents”, “Friday”)

Sara Ramirez 1975 – Actress (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”)



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