August 31, 2005
Today in History: August 31
1422: England’s Henry V, who has just about won the Hundred Years War and had himself named heir to the French throne, dies suddenly at age 34, undoing pretty much the entire plan.
1897: Thomas Edison received the patent for the Kinetoscope, the forerunner of the modern motion picture camera.
1931: The last of 4.3 million Ford Model A automobiles runs off the assembly line.
1973: Director John Ford dies at Palm Desert, California. He won four Academy Awards for Best Director, but none for a Western.
1980: The Polish Solidarnosc (“Solidarity”) labor union is formed.
2002: Lionel Hampton, the only jazz musician to have a university school of music named for him (at the University of Idaho) dies at 94.
2004: The DVD of Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ sells 4.1 million copies in its first day of release.
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