Almanac

Almanac

August 31, 2004

Aug. 31

1886: An earthquake rocked Charleston, S.C., killing up to 110 people.

1888: Mary Ann Nicholls was found murdered in London's East End in what is generally regarded as the first slaying committed by Jack the Ripper.

1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an act prohibiting the export of U.S. arms to belligerents.

1980: Poland's Solidarity labor movement was born with an agreement signed in Gdansk that ended a 17-day-old strike.

1985: Richard Ramirez, later convicted of California's Night Stalker killings, was captured by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood. Associated Press

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