On This Day In History – 8-31-18

  • 1864 – During the Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta.
  • 1888 – Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.
  • 1897 – Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
  • 1939 – Nazi Germany mounts a false flag attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day, starting World War II in Europe.
  • 1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in Paris.


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