1888 – Jack the Ripper’s first victim murdered in London. The city saw four more victims of the murderer over the next few months, but no suspect was ever found.
1897 – Thomas Edison receives a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph. It is based on photographic principles discovered by still-photograph pioneers Joseph Nicephone Niepce and Louis Daguerre of France.
1980 – The communist Polish government signs accord with Gdansk shipyard workers, led by former electrician Lech Walesa. He later won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize and in 1989 was elected Poland’s president.
1997 – Princess Diana, also known as Lady Di, dies in a car crash in Paris at age 36. She was one of the most popular public figures in the world and her death was met by a massive outpouring of grief.