Death of Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths
Arabic prophet Mohammed founder (Islam) born
Death of St. Fiacre of Ireland
Duke Lotharius of Supplinburg elected king of Germany
European leaders outlaw crossbow intending to end war for all time
Death of Pope Alexander III
Pedro, the Cruel, King of Castilia & Leon born
Election of Paul II as Pope
Pietro Barbo elected to succeed Pope Pius II (Paul II)
2 Latvian monarchs executed for conspiracy to Polish king Kazimierz IV
Death of Louis XI, King of France
Jewish community of Neutitschlin Moravia expelled
Flemish sculptor Artus I Quellinus "the Old" born
Canonization of St. Rosa de Lima (Peru), first American Saint
The creator of "Frankenstein," Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. born
Unauthorized Puritan preacher was Anne Hutchinson tried in Massachusetts and banished.
1st Congregational Church synod held, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Treaty of peace between Dutch & Indians.
William Penn sailed from England on this day. He later established the colony of Pennsylvania
Composer Francesco Maria Vallara born
Dutch composer and organist Jacobus Nozeman born
Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David(Death of Marat) born
Composer Christian Frederich Gottlieb Schwencke born
George F. Root, American sacred music editor and composer. Root helped edit 75 musical collections, as well as composing several hundred original sacred melodies. One of these, JEWELS, is the tune to which is commonly sung the hymn, "When He Cometh." born
Felix Mendelssohn took his post as music director of Leipzig. He was then 26. It was in Leipzig that the composer produced his Second Piano Concerto and started work on the Violin Concerto.
Wilberforce University was established in Xenia, Ohio under auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1863, the university was transferred to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
The Union Army commanded by Maj. Gen. John Pope was defeated by Confederate troops in the second Battle of Bull Run.
Educator Maria Montessori. born
Character actor Raymond Massey was born in London, England. (The President's Plane is Missing, McKenna's Gold, How the West was Won. The Great Impostor, Battle Cry, The Naked and the Dead, East of Eden, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Dr.Kildare) born
Civil rights leader Roy Wilkins (Executive Director of NAACP) born
Journalist-author John Gunther born
Ty Cobb appeared in his first major-league baseball game. He played for the Detroit Tigers.
Actress Shirley Booth (Thelma Booth Ford) (Come Back Little Sheba, Hot Spell, The Matchmaker; Emmy Award-winner : Hazel; A Touch of Grace) born
Actor Fred MacMurray My Three Sons, The Caine Mutiny, Egg and I, Above Suspicion, The Apartment, The Happiest Millionaire, The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, Son of Flubber,The Miracle of the Bells) born
Actress Joan Blondell (The Baron, The Champ, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Public Enemy) born
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ted Williams born
Country singer Kitty Wells born
Opera singer Regina Resnik born
The New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded "Tiger Rag", one of the most familiar ragtime jazz tunes ever. It was released on General Records.
Singer John Phillips born
Actress Elizabeth Ashley born
Actor Ben Jones ("The Dukes of Hazzard") born
The World War Two siege of Leningrad began as Nazi forces took Mga. It was the start of a 900-day siege of Leningrad. When it ended, the Russian city lay in ruins and hundreds of thousands of people had died.
Cartoonist Robert Crumb born
Skier Jean-Claude Killy born
General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan, and set up Allied occupation headquarters.
Actress Peggy Lipton born
Actor Timothy Bottoms born
The "Hot Line" communications link between Washington and Moscow went into operation.
Actor Michael Chiklis ("The Commish") born
After 40 years in baseball, Casey Stengel announced his retirement.
Actress Michael Michele born
The US Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as the first black justice on the US Supreme Court.
Country singer Sherrie Austin born
Actress Cameron Diaz born
TV personality Lisa Ling ("The View") born
Hurricane "David" devastated the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica as it began a rampage through the Caribbean and up the eastern US seaboard that claimed some 1,100 lives.
Rock singer-musician Aaron Barrett (Reel Big Fish) born
PLO leader Yasir Arafat bid an emotional farewell to Beirut and left for Greece. Carrying a large olive branch, Arafat began his last day in Beirut with a farewell courtesy call on the headquarters of the People's Socialist Party.
Guion S. Bluford Junior became the first black American astronaut to travel in space, blasting off aboard the "Challenger."
President Ronald Reagan, along with Red Barber, Bill Stern, Graham McNamee, Don Dunphy and Ted Husing were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame, in ceremonies at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Following 3 postponements over 2 months, the space shuttle Discovery finally blasted off on its maiden voyage, deploying the first of 3 communications satellites from its cargo bay after several hours in orbit.
Residents of Florida and Louisiana continued to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Elena, which was packing winds of 100 mph as it approached the Gulf Coast.
Soviet authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff, the Moscow correspondent for "US News and World Report," after he was handed a package by a Russian acquaintance. (He was later released.)
Franco Zefferelli's movie, "Otello," a presentation of Verdi's opera, was itself first presented at the Vienna Opera.
A redesigned.space shuttle booster, created in the wake of the "Challenger" disaster, roared into life in its first full-scale test-firing near Brigham City, Utah.
Actor Cameron Finley born
Top aides to Republican presidential nominee George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis met in Washington without reaching agreement on a schedule for debates in the fall.
A federal jury in New York found so-called hotel queen Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion. Helmsley served her sentence at a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, and was released in January 1994.
U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar arrived in Jordan to try to mediate the Persian Gulf crisis. President Bush told a news conference that a "new world order" could emerge from the Gulf crisis.
Azerbaijan declared its independence, joining the stampede of republics seeking to secede from the Soviet Union.
The television series "Northern Exposure" won six Emmy Awards, including best drama series, while "Murphy Brown" received three Emmys, including best comedy series, in a ceremony marked by satirical jabs directed at Vice President Dan Quayle.
15 or more people were killed and 31 wounded when an artillery shell exploded in a crowded Sarajevo market.
Israel's Cabinet approved a framework for Palestinian autonomy in the occupied territories.
Robert Malval was installed as prime minister of Haiti during a ceremony at the Haitian Embassy in Washington.
"The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered on CBS TV.
Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955 helped touch off the civil rights movement, was robbed and beaten in her Detroit apartment by Joseph Skipper.(Joseph Skipper later pleaded guilty to assault and robbery and was sentenced to prison.)
The Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger that would create the largest U.S. defense contractor.
At a lavish opening ceremony in Beijing, organizers of the largest women's conference ever vowed to fight to fight for empowerment and equality.
The West pounded the Bosnian Serbs with artillery and air attacks in hopes of bludgeoning them into serious peace talks.
A commercial expedition to raise part of the sunken British luxury liner "Titanic" ended in failure. Nylon lines being used to lift a 21-ton section of the hull snapped, sending the section back to the bottom of the North Atlantic.
President Clinton and Vice President Gore, following their renominations at the just-concluded Democratic national convention in Chicago, set out with their wives on a bus caravan through America's heartland.
Philip Noel Johnson, an armored car driver believed to have stolen $22 million, was arrested at the Texas border. Johnson later pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, money laundering and interfering with interstate commerce.
Americans (and others in the Western Hemisphere) learned of the deaths of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul, in a car crash in a Paris traffic tunnel. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones survived. (Because of the time difference, it was the morning of August 31st in Paris when Diana was pronounced dead.)
The largest union of U S West, the regional telphone service, ended a 15-day strike with a tentative agreement on a three-year contract.
Residents of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia in a U.N.-sponsored ballot. (Afterward, pro-Indonesia militiamen reacted by going on a violent rampage that ended when international forces were sent in.)
Suspects apprehended after car chase through Denver, US
Sydney prepares for Forbes Conference and 30A protest
At least 55 killed by Hurricane Katrina; serious flooding across affected region
Green Day dominates at MTV's Video Music Awards
Louisiana locked down; New Orleans could become a "toxic soup"
Protests over UK preparations to deport Kurd Iraqi asylum seekers
U.S. calls for sanctions against Iran
Canada's Defence Minister visits Canadian troops in Afghanistan
Audience in Ireland watches circus acrobat fall to his death
New Zealand police to trial tasers from Friday
Thailand may create new province to honour King
Rebel leader, 56 inmates escape from East Timorese jail
27 die from pipeline explosion in Diwaniya, Iraq
Canadian Prime Minister Harper plays small role in television show Corner Gas
Tropical Storm Ernesto weakens
Iraqi activist forced to change t-shirt with Arabic peace slogan
Canadian Idol top four eliminations
Jimmy Carter blasts Blair for "subservience" to Bush
Three-year-old girl found unharmed at site of fatal shooting
Two new cases of West Nile Virus reported in Indiana
Horse flu infects Australian thoroughbreds
Silent protest in Athens over recent fires
'Mega Millions' lottery nears record high in US
Canadian court clears Stephen Truscott of 1959 murder
Immigration raid at Ohio poultry plant
Iraqi peace talks to begin in Finland within days
UEFA Champions League 2007/08: Group Stage Draw
NHL: Vancouver Canucks showcase new uniform
New species of dart frog discovered in Colombia
Cricket: England defeats India in fourth one-day international
Australian short-term inmates have their right to vote reinstated
Nokia Inc. announces plans for iPhone rival
YouTube access returns to Thailand
Four Boeing 737's found with similar fault to China Airlines plane; inspection deadline shortened
Suspected poisonous gas found in New York
Peace activists propose 'Fast for Freedom'
FIFA U17 World Cup: Germany eliminates Americans; sets up England quarter final
South Ossetia says it will join North Ossetia-Alania as a federal subject of Russia
Memorial for toddler who died under care of controversial '1 Mind Ministries' group
Former head of comedy for the BBC, Geoffrey Perkins dies in a road accident age 55
Barack Obama accepts US presidential nomination from the Democratic Party
Hurricane Gustav batters Caribbean, threatens US Gulf Coast
Girl found dead in truck in Northamptonshire, England
Dalai Lama begins trip to Taiwan
Yukio Hatoyama named as Japan's new Prime Minister
Bodies found in trailer park in Brunswick, Georgia, US
British TV and radio presenter Simon Dee dies at age 74
Tobacco attracts predators with chemicals in response to caterpillars, a study finds
Support for an Australian republic slips
FIBA World Championship starts
Young motorcycle racer Peter Lenz dies in race crash aged 13
Teachers at Australian school shocked at no warning over redundancies, can apply before 'externals'
Australian rules football: Gippsland Football League finals week one
Six U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan over two days
Didier Drogba withdraws from Cote DâIvoire national football team
South African police probe 'racist' image on Facebook
South Korean men's national goalball team defeats Algeria 4-3
Australia wins its first medal of the Paralympics with shooting bronze
Australian shooters start their Paralympic campaign
Egyptian President Morsi makes state visit to China
Micronesia left behind by the Paralympic movement
Kate Lundy watches Australian women qualify for the women's R2-10m air rifle final
UK House of Commons vote against Syria intervention
UK beer, soft drinks delivery drivers vote to strike