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Births on this Day
  • 1811-08-31 - Goode Bryan: Brigadier General (Confederate Army), died in 1885
  • 1821-08-31 - Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal: Composer
  • 1828-08-31 - George Leonard Andrews: Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1822-08-31 - Fitz John Porter: Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1901
  • 1823-08-31 - Galusha Aaron Grow: MC (Union), died in 1907
  • 1852-08-31 - Georges / Joris Helleputte: Belgian Catholic minister
  • 1855-08-31 - Stefan Surzynski: Composer
 

Deaths on this Day
  • 1688-08-31 - John Bunyan: Preacher / Novelist / Author (Pilgrim's Progress)
  • 1795-08-31 - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor: Composer, dies at 68
  • 1805-08-31 - Joseph Marie Clement dall' Abaco: Composer, dies at 95
  • 1862-08-31 - George William Taylor: US Union Brigadier General, dies in battle
  • 1862-08-31 - Ignaz Assmayer: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1864-08-31 - Ferdinand Lassalle: French politician (ADA), dies at 39
  • 1867-08-31 - [Pierre-]Charles Baudelaire: French Poet (Journaux Intimes), dies at 46
 

Events on this Day
  • 1909-08-31 - Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)
  • 1836-08-31 - HMS Beagle anchors in Postage Praia, Cape Verde Islands
  • 1843-08-31 - Liberty Party nominates James Birneyas presidential candidate
  • 1850-08-31 - California pioneers organized at Montgomery and Clay Streets
  • 1864-08-31 - Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 1881-08-31 - 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, RI)
  • 1886-08-31 - 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
 

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