Aug 31, 2019
August 31. In 1895, German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patented the navigable balloon. In 1920, Lincoln Logs were patented (as Toy-Cabin Construction). In 1935, the act of exporting arms to belligerents was prohibited by an act signed by FDR. In 1943, the first US Navy ship to be named after a Black person (USS Harmon) was commissioned. In 1950, Gil Hodges hit 4 home runs by 4 different pitchers in the same game. In 1962, Trinidad and Tobago became independent. In 1991, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kirghiziz declared their independence from the Soviet Union. In 1993, Russia finished removing its troops from Lithuania. In 1994, Russia finished removing its troops from Estonia, East Germany and the Baltics. And a cease-fire was declared by the IRA in Northern Ireland. In 1997, Princess Diana died in a Parisian car crash. And James Brown became the first US artist to appear in Lebanon. . In 2006, Munch's "The Scream" was recovered two years after it was stolen. Happy Birthday, Maria Montessori, LilyLaskine, Van Morrison, Richard Gere, Kim Kashkashian. It's the Day of Solidarity & Freedom in Poland, Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan, Malaya, Trinidad and Tobago, National Language Day in Moldova, and Self-Government Day in Borneo and Sabah. MIssion: Be impeccable with your word. And get free.