August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2018 is the 243rd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 31 Historical Event(s)
- 1795War of the First Coalition: The British capture Trincomalee (present-day Sri Lanka) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands.
- 1813At the final stage of the Peninsular War, British-Portuguese troops capture the town of Donostia (now San Sebastián), resulting in a rampage and eventual destruction of the town. Elsewhere, Spanish troops repel a French attack in the Battle of San Marcial.
- 1864During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1895German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
- 1939Nazi Germany mounts a staged attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day thus starting World War II in Europe.
- 1940Pennsylvania Central Airlines Trip 19 crashes near Lovettsville, Virginia. The CAB investigation of the accident is the first investigation to be conducted under the Bureau of Air Commerce act of 1938.
- 1943The USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, is commissioned.
- 1963Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore achieve technical independence pending accession to the Federation of Malaysia
- 1997Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
- 2006Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1741Jean Paul Egide Martini, French composer (d. 1816)
- 1822Galusha A. Grow, American politician (d. 1907)
- 1920Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (d. 2010)
- 1949H. David Politzer, American physicist, Nobel laureate
- 1956Maria Balazova, Slovak painter
- 1963Reb Beach, American guitarist (Winger, Whitesnake)
- 1963Todd Carty, Irish actor
- 1969Andrew Cunanan, American spree killer (d. 1997)
- 1971Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer
- 1977Jeff Hardy, American wrestler
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