On this day: August 31

POSTED: 4:30 PM Aug 30 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 31 2012

Jack the Ripper claims his first victim, Coca-Cola makes its European debut, Jimi Hendrix rocks in the early morning hours at the Isle of Wight, and the "People's Princess" dies in a car crash, all on this day.

OTD August 31 - Meriweather Lewis
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1803: Meriwether Lewis starts his expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pa., at 11 in the morning. He sailed down the Ohio River to meet up with William Clark and other members of the expedition in St. Louis.

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