Today in History

What happened on the 31st of August in history?

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  • 1842
    US Naval Observatory is authorized by an act of Congress
  • 1850
    California Pioneers organized at Montgomery & Clay Streets
  • 1886
    1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US at Charleston S.C
  • 1886
    Crocker-Woolworth National Bank organized
  • 1950
    Gil Hodges hits 4 homers in 1 game
  • 1955
    1st microwave television station operated - Lufkin Texas
  • 1955
    1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated Chicago Il
  • 1957
    Malaysia gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1962
    Trinidad & Tobago gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1963
    Malaysia Day
  • 1977
    Aleksandr Fedotov sets world aircraft altitude record of 38.26 km (125 524 ft) in a Mikoyan E-266M turbojet
  • 1980
    Poland's Solidarity labor union founded