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 - John Ford
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1973: Film director John Ford, best known for movies such as "Stagecoach," "The Searchers," "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" and "The Grapes of Wrath," dies from stomach cancer at the age of 79 in Palm Desert, California. Ford, seen here in 1973, holds the record for most Best Director Oscars with four, including the 1941 Best Picture winner "How Green Was My Valley."

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