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This Day In History: Aug. 31

This Day in History

1887: Thomas Edison receives a patent for his Kinetoscope, which produces moving pictures.
1895: The first official professional football game is played, with the Jeanette Athletic Club defeating the Latrobe YMCA by a 12-0 score.
1980: The Solidarity labor movement is born in Poland under an agreement reached with striking shipyard workers in Gdansk.
1990: Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father and son baseball players to play together in the major leagues, during a Seattle Mariners game.
1997: Diana, Princess of Wales, is killed in an auto accident in Paris, France, along with her companion, Mohammed (Dodi) al-Fayed, and their driver.
2001: A Little League baseball team from the Bronx is forced to forfeit all of its season's victories after its star, Danny Almonte, is revealed to be 14 instead of 12.

Today's Birthdays

1870: Maria Montessori, educator/physician (Chiaraville, Italy; died 1952)
1897: Frederic March, actor (Racine, WI; died 1975)
1907: William Shawn, magazine editor (Chicago, IL; died 1992)
1908: William Saroyan, novelist/playwright/short-story writer (Fresno, CA; died 1981)
1918: Alan J. Lerner, lyricist (New York, NY; died 1943)
1924: Buddy Hackett, comedian/actor (Brooklyn, NY; died 2003)
1928: James Coburn, actor (Laurel, NE; died 2002)
1935: Frank Robinson, baseball player/manager (Beaumont, TX)
1945: Van Morrison, singer/songwriter (Belfast, Northern Ireland). Itzhak Perlman, violinist (Tel Aviv, Israel)
1949: Richard Gere, actor (Philadelphia, PA)
1955: Edwin Moses, Olympic champion track athlete (Dayton, OH)
1968: Hideo Nomo, baseball pitcher (Osaka, Japan)
1970: Deborah Gibson, singer (New York, NY)
1972: Chris Tucker, actor (Atlanta, GA)

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