On 31st August 1292, King Edward I stayed at Kilham, on his return from Scotland, where he judged on the claims of Robert the Bruce and John Balliol for the crown, he also made several other stops in East Yorkshire.
On 31st August 1516, Robert Chorkyls, husbandman, of Wyton, claimed sanctuary at the church of St John, Beverley, for the murder of John Rotheram.
On 31st August 1579, Howden records state that 158 people died in the previous 5 months, at least 110 above the average, due to plague. The city of York forbade anyone from Howden or Snaith from entering the city.
On 31st August 1941, Minnie Leveson, nurse, aged 20, was killed by an air-raid on her home in Willerby; she is buried in De la Pole Hospital cemetery.
On 31st August 1943, 15 Wellington bombers took off from RAF Leconfield and 2 of them collided over Goole, killing both crews and 2 residents of North Street.
On 31st August 1946, Hull Lord Mayor Herbert Harrison officially opened Hull City AFC’s new stadium, Boothferry Park. The crowd of 25,586 were entertained by the band of the 2ndBattalion East Yorkshire Regiment. The match was against Lincoln City, the result 0-0.