August 31, 1422 - Henry V died. His son, Henry VI, aged nine months, acceded as King of England.
August 31, 1888 - The body of Mary Ann 'Polly' Nichols, Jack the Ripper's first victim, was found mutilated in Buck's Row.
August 31, 1997 - Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Fayed, and their driver were killed in a car crash in the Place de l'Alma underpass in Paris. It is believed they were trying to avoid the paparazzi.