Today in History - Thursday August 31, 2000
In 1889, Thomas Edison invented the kinetoscope which was the forerunner of the motion-picture film projector.
In 1888, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of London serial killer "Jack the Ripper," was found murdered and mutilated in Whitechapel's Buck's Row. The East End of London would see four more victims of the murderer over the next few months, but no suspect would ever be found.
In 1839, at noon, despite threats of British and French intervention, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler signed an order to attack Poland, and German forces moved to the frontier.
In 1997, Lady Diana Spencer, the former wife of Charles, prince of Wales, was killed with her companion Dodi Fayed in a car accident in Paris.