ON THIS DAY: August 31, 2016

August 31st is

illustration French edition of The Hunting Book of Gaston Phebus, 15th century

National Trail Mix Day

National Eat Outside Day

Love Litigating Lawyers Day *

We Love Memoirs Day *

International Overdose Awareness Day *



Kyrgyzstan – Independence Dayinternational Flags

Malaysia –Hari Kebangsaan/Merdeka Day
(National/Independence Day)

Moldova – Limba Noastra (Language Day)

Trinidad and Tobago – Independence Day

United States –
Long Beach CA: Indie Film Festival
Orlando, FL: Florida Festival of Chariots
Greensboro NC: Greensboro Grooves


In This Day in HISTORY

1803 – Meriwether Lewis leaves Pittsburgh PA in a keelboat to pick up William Clark and recruits further down the Ohio River

1852 – John Neville Keynes born, influential English economist and philosopher

MORE! Jack the Ripper, Frank Sinatra and Princess Di, click

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols found murdered in London’s East End, believed Jack the Ripper’s first victim

1920 – First news program broadcast on radio in Detroit MI

1928 – Kurt Weill’s Die Dreigoschenoper (Threepenny Opera) premieres in Berlin

Threepenny Opera - Lotte Lenya as Pirate Jenny

1935 – Act prohibiting export of U.S. arms to belligerents signed by FDR

1939 – Frank Sinatra and the Harry James Band record “All or Nothing at All”

1962 – Trinidad and Tobago become independent members of  British Commonwealth

1964 – California officially becomes most populous U.S. state

1965 – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created by act of Congress

1980 – Poland’s Solidarity labor movement starts when Gdansk agreement ends 17-day strike

1985 – “Night Stalker” killer Richard Ramirez captured by East Los Angeles residents

1990 – East and West Germany sign treaty reconciling their political and legal systems

1991 – Metallica “black album” climbs to #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart

1993 – First ‘Lawyer Appreciation Day’ not received favorably, so renamed  ‘Love Litigating Lawyers Day.’ *  These lawyers hired to get justice when someone has done you wrong, such as personal injury cases

1994 – The IRA declares Northern Ireland cease-fire after 25 years of bloodshed

1997 – Princess Diana, Dodi Al-Fayed, driver fleeing paparazzi killed in Paris car crash 

2001 – Sally Finn and Peter Streker started Overdose Awareness Day * as a local Salvation Army program in Australia to acknowledge the grief of bereaved families and support prevention programs. In 2012, the Australian Penington Institute expanded the program and coordinated with efforts in other countries, so it became an International Day. Participants show their support by wearing silver – special IOAD silver badges help fund programs. http://www.penington.org.au/

Overdose Awareness Day

2013 – Victoria Tweed and Alan Parks start the We Love Memoirs chat group on Facebook, and We Love Memoirs Day *


  • Illustration from French edition of The Hunting Book of Gaston Phebus, 15th century
  • International flags
  • Threepenny Opera – Lotte Lenya as Pirate Jenny
  • Overdose Awareness Day promo


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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