What’s Happening Today?
Independence Day (Trinidad & Tobago). Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence from Great Britain on August 31st, 1962. At midnight on 30th August 1962, the Union Jack (British flag) was lowered and the Trinidad and Tobago flag was raised for the first time. Bells tolled and sirens rang out to herald the birth of the newly independent nation.
Romanian Language Day (Romania). It is a public holiday of Romania celebrated every 31 August for the Romanian language. It is a Romance language, being part of the same linguistic family as the French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages.
What Happened Today?
1. In 1995, Ugandan government troops killed 16 LRA rebels after they had attacked and killed 13 civilians near Lokung, in the present-day Lamwo district in Northern Uganda. This was during the days of the heavy LRA insurgency, and the attack came hot on the heels of another one when LRA rebels attacked and killed between 170 and 220 civilians in Gulu District on April 22, 1995.
2. In 1997, Diana, the Princess of Wales, died. She died from the injuries she sustained in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris. Her partner, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140 S-Class, Henri Paul, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was seriously injured, but survived the crash. In 1999, a French investigation found that Paul, who lost control of the vehicle at high speed while intoxicated by alcohol and under the effects of prescription drugs, was solely responsible for the crash.
3. In 2016, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed from office. On 31 August 2016, the Senate removed President Rousseff from office by a 61–20 vote, finding her guilty of breaking Brazil's budget laws. However, she did not receive enough votes from the Senate to be disqualified from her political rights.
1. 1969 - Richard Gere, American actor and producer.
2. 1985 - Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia since 21 June 2017.