Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 31

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This is a list of selected August 31 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled August 31, 2019 featured article or the August 31, 2019 featured picture.

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Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan (1991), Malaysia (1957) and Trinidad and Tobago (1962) Kyrgyzstan: recentism; Hari Merdeka: unreferenced section; T&T: unreferenced section
1056 – After a sudden illness a few days prior, Byzantine Empress Theodora Porphyrogenita died without children to succeed the throne, ending the Macedonian dynasty. appears on January 11
1422 – As the only heir to the throne, Henry VI became King of England at the age of eight months following the death of his father Henry V. refimprove sections
1813Peninsular War: At the Battle of San Marcial, the Spanish Army of Galicia under Manuel Alberto Freire turned back Nicolas Soult's last major offensive against Arthur Wellesley's allied army. lots of CN tags (relative to length)
1876Abdul Hamid II became Sultan of the Ottoman Empire when his brother Murad V was deposed. refimprove section
1907The Great Game: Russia and the United Kingdom signed the Anglo-Russian Convention, defining their respective spheres of interest in Persia, Afghanistan, and Tibet. needs more footnotes
1920Polish–Soviet War: Polish forces, led by their cavalry, defeated the Bolshevik Red Army in the Battle of Komarów. refimprove
1945 – The Liberal Party of Australia, one of the two major Australian political parties, was founded to replace the United Australia Party. refimprove section
1965 – The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy, a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft used for ferrying outsized cargo components, made its first flight. refimprove section
1986 – After a collision with a freighter, the Soviet ocean liner Admiral Nakhimov sank in the Tsemes Bay area of the Black Sea within seven minutes, killing more than 400 people on board. refimprove
1986 – Aeroméxico Flight 498 collided with a privately owned Piper PA-28 Cherokee aircraft over Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground. external links
1992 – The one-party Marxist rule in the Republic of the Congo officially ended when Pascal Lissouba was inaugurated as its president after a multi-party election. date not in article
1999 – The first of a series of bombings in Moscow killed one person and wounded 40 others. refimprove section
2005 – Up to 1,000 people died following a stampede on the Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad, the biggest loss of life in Iraq in one day since the 2003 invasion. multiple issues
2010 – The last episode of The Bill, the longest-running police drama in British television history, was broadcast. already featured on October 16



August 31

Interior view of Kinetoscope with peephole viewer
Interior view of Kinetoscope with peephole viewer

Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Ta'i (d. 894) · Agnes Bulmer (b. 1775) · Van Morrison (b. 1945)

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