Today in History- August 31st
1870 Maria Montessori, pioneer in the field of education
1903 Arthur Godfrey, early radio host
1908 William Saroyan, author (The Human Comedy)
1918 Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist (I Could Have Danced All Night, Almost Like Being in Love)
1935 Frank Robinson, baseball player
1935 Eldridge Cleaver, author/ activist (Soul On Ice, also, the leader of the Black Panther Party)
1945 Itzhak Perlman, violinist
1945 Van Morrison, singer (Brown Eyed Girl)
1949 Richard Gere, actor (American Gigolo, An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman)
1970 Deborah Gibson, singer (Lost in Your Eyes)
1969 Rocky Marciano, boxer
1973 John Ford, director (Donovan's Reef, The Grapes of Wrath)
1997 Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed
1888 Jack the Ripper kills Mary Ann Nichols, his first victim.
1997 Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed die after being in a car accident.
There are many agruments about who Jack the Ripper was. One theory is that it was a woman, Jill the Ripper.