On this day in 1997 Princess Diana, Dodi Al-Fayed, and their driver are killed in a car accident in Paris. They were attempting to flee from paparazzi when their speeding car struck a pylon in a tunnel. The driver, Henri Paul, was said to have been drunk and was found to be at fault for the crash. But the Al-Fayed family thought it was a conspiracy and cover up by the British Royal family to get rid of the popular princess.
On this day in 1888 Jack the Ripper claims his first victim in Mary Ann Nichols, a London prostitute. The killing of prostitutes has been common practice throughout history, but in this particular instance it became headline material by the brutality shown by the killer. The killer would strike again four more times in the same manner, all victims prostitutes in London's East End, and remain at large for all of history. He slice the victim's throat, then proceed to mutilate the body while the woman was still alive.
On this day in 1949 Richard Gere was born. Gerbils, hamsters, and other small rodents have cowered in fear every since.
On this day in 1939 after moving their troops to the Polish border, Germany created a ruse to use as an excuse to attack Poland. Nazi soldiers dressed like the Polish army attacked a radio station on the German side of the border. Dead German prisoners were dressed in Polish uniforms as further "evidence" of the attack. WWII would start the next day.