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Other Notable Events for August 31

On this date in history:

In 1897, Thomas Edison was awarded a patent for his movie camera, the Kinetograph.

In 1888, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols became the first reported victim of the London serial killer known as Jack the ...

Notable Birthdays for August 31

Those born on this date include:

- Roman Emperor Caligula in A.D. 12
- Italian educator Maria Montessori in 1870
- actor Fredric March in 1897
- entertainer Arthur Godfrey in 1903
- writer William Saroyan in 1908<...

Astronomy

Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014 with 122 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn.