August 31 in Pop Culture History

August 31st History, Trivia and Fun Facts

August 31st History Highlights

  • 1888 – Mary Ann Nichols was murdered; the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.
  • 1962 – Trinidad and Tobago became independent, within the British Commonwealth.
  • 1980 – The Solidarity Movement began in Poland against the Soviet Union. It was led by Lech Walesa.
  • 1997 – Princess Diana was killed in a car crash, involving photographers chasing her and alcohol in the system of her driver.
  • If you were born on August 31st,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 8th (prior year)

August 31st is…

Diatomaceous Earth Day
Eat Outside Day
Matchmaker Day
South Carolina Day
Trail Mix Day

August 31st Birthday Quotes

” Do not tell them how to do it. Show them how to do it and do not say a word. If you tell them, they will watch your lips move. If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.”
– Maria Montessori

“It’s not an act, it’s just my way. “
– Arthur Godfrey

“As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”
– Buddy Hackett

“It takes intelligence to make real comedy, and it takes a reality base to create all that little stuff I like to do that makes you giggle inside.”
– Chris Tucker

“Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”
– Van Morrison

“The first job I went out on in New York I got, and when I came back, the first job I went out on, I got.”
– James Coburn

“I don’t just want to be successful I want to have fun”
– Julie Brown

August 31st Birthdays

12 AD – Caligula, Roman emperor (died in 41 AD)
1870 – Maria Montessori, Italian physician, and educator (died in 1952)
1897 – Fredric March, American actor (died in 1975)
1903 – Arthur Godfrey, American radio and television host (died in 1983)
1913 – Helen Levitt, American photographer, and cinematographer (died in 2009)
1914 – Richard Basehart, American actor (died in 1984)
1924 – Buddy Hackett, American comedic actor (died in 2003)
1928 – James Coburn, American actor (died in 2002)
1944 – Roger Dean, English illustrator, and painter
1945 – Van Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter
1945 – Bob Welch, American singer (died in 2012)
1954 – Julie Brown, American comedic actress
1957 – Glenn Tilbrook, English singer-songwriter
1962 – Dee Bradley Baker, American voice actor
1970 – Debbie Gibson, American singer-songwriter
1971 – Chris Tucker, American comedian, and actor

August 31st History

1803 – Lewis and Clark started their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols was murdered, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.

1897 – Thomas Edison received his patent (# 589168) for his Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.

1957 – #1 Hit August 31, 1957 – September 13, 1957: Debbie Reynolds – Tammy

1962 – Trinidad and Tobago became independent from Britain.

1963 – #1 Hit August 31, 1963 – September 20, 1963: The Angels – My Boyfriend’s Back

1965 – The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft made its inaugural flight.

1987 – Comic strip “Crankshaft” by Tom Batiuk, debuted in syndication.

1993 – Barney’s Favorites Volume 1, was released featuring 27 songs by the purple dinosaur.

1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed (with driver Henri Paul) died in a car crash in Paris.

2006 – Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, stolen on August 22, 2004, was recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

If you stopped by the Pop Culture Madness office and looked at the television, chances are, Full House would be on! #nowyouknow

What’s the difference between a nook and a cranny?
A nook is a corner and cranny is a crack.

A duck’s quack does not echo. (actually, there is a slight echo-ey sound, according to TV’s Mythbusters)

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

A jellyfish is 95% water. You are about 60% water.

The first human-made object to break the sound barrier was a whip.

There are 63,360 inches in a mile.

The Capitol building in Washington DC has 365 steps fro the basement to the top of the dome.

You weigh less at the top of a mountain then sea level.

The first lighthouse to use electricity was the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

There are more than 30,000 different diets you can try.

Heard in Summer School: “Germinate: To become a naturalized German.”

Emus and Kangaroos cannot walk backward.

The first penny had the motto “Mind your (own) business”

If you doubled your money, starting with a penny, just one penny, every day for 30 days, you would have $5,368,709.

Brady Bunch Address:
Carol, Mike, Greg, Marcia, Jan, Peter, Bobby, Cindy, and Alice Nelson lived at
11222 Dilling St., Studio City, California, NOT the fictional 4222 Clinton Way, somewhere around Los Angeles

A “jiffy” is actually 1/100 of a second.

In 1878, the first telephone book ever issued contained only 50 names, all New Haven CT businesses (that had phones).