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  1. On August 31, 1986, five-year-old Levan Merritt fell into the gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness. Jambo stood guard over the boy when he was unconscious, placing himself between the boy and other gorillas in what ethologists analyze as a protective gesture.

  2. Under Julius Caesar, February had 30 days, but when Caesar Augustus was emperor he was peeved that his month - August - had only 29 days, whereas the month named after his predecessor Julius - July - had 31. He pinched a couple of days for August from February to make it the same as July.

  3. On August 31, 1861, Meade was made a brigadier general in the Union Army.

  4. Henry VI died while campaigning in France on August 31, 1422 at the age of thirty-five. The cause of his death is unknown, although most scholars believe it was either from dysentery or heat stroke.

  5. Mary Ann Nichols (1845-1888) was the first known victim. She was an alcoholic and part-time prostitute who was found dead and probably raped in the early morning hours of August 31. Nichols" throat had been cut and her stomach mutilated and was probably killed at another location.

  6. The population inside Andersonville Prison's walls in April, 1864 was 7,160. By the end of August the same year the population had risen to 31,693.

  7. The world’s first road traffic death involving a motor vehicle is alleged to have occurred on 31 August 1869. Irish scientist Mary Ward died when she fell out of her cousins' steam car and was run over by it.

  8. The Cerritos mid-air collision which occurred on August 31, 1986. An Aeromexico plane and a privately owned Piper PA-28 181 Archer collided while descending into LAX, killing all 67 passengers on both aircraft. The air traffic controller responsible for the collision was named Walter White

  9. On August 31, 1916, Harry Butters, a young U.S. citizen serving with British forces, was killed, becoming the first American casualty of World War I

  10. The Battle of Jonesboro, fought on August 31 and September 1, was the last major battle of the campaign. The Union forces won the battle but were also able to draw the Confederate forces away from Atlanta, allowing them to capture the city.

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The shortest baseball game in MLB history. In August, 1916, the Asheville Tourists and the Salem Twins played a 31 minute game in which pitchers lobbed the ball and batters swung at the first pitch. Why? The game was scheduled for 2 o'clock but Asheville had to catch train back home at 3pm.

A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere . . . erupted out into space" on 31 August 2012. This coronal mass ejection (CME) "did not travel directly toward Earth, but did connect with Earth's" magnetosphere. The CME "traveled at over 900 miles per second."

The first lawn mower was invented by Edwin Budding in 1830 in England. Budding's mower was designed primarily to cut grass on sports grounds and extensive gardens, as an alternative to the scythe, and was granted a British patent on August 31, 1830.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy. In 1954, in response to the communist threat, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God" creating the 31-word pledge we say today.