August 31

This Day in History

1997

Princess Diana Dies

Princess Diana is killed with her lover Dodi Fayed in a car accident in Paris, sending the world into mourning. She was 36 years old. A police investigation indicated that the driver, who also died in … (more...)

1997

Death of a Princess – Timeline to Tragedy

Few events of modern history produced the incredible worldwide reaction following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales on 31 August 1997, when she was only 36 years of age. Although she was divorced … (more...)

1867

Baudelaire Dies

On this day in 1867, the celebrated French poet Charles-Pierre Baudelaire died at the age of 46. It brought to an end the brief life of a figure who is now held in the highest regard in French and … (more...)

1056

Theodora Dies, Macedonian Dynasty Ends

On this day in 1056, after a sudden illness weakened the 76-year old ruler of the Byzantine Empire, Empress Theodora died without children to succeed the throne. With her death came the end of the … (more...)