August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2019 is the 243rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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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)
- 1056After a sudden illness a few days previous, Byzantine Empress Theodora dies without children to succeed the throne, thus ending the Macedonian dynasty.
- 1888Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.
- 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.
- 1957The Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia) gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
- 1958A parcel bomb sent by Ngo Dinh Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, fails to kill King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia.
- 1980After two weeks of nationwide strikes, the Polish government was forced to sign the Gdańsk Agreement, allowing for the creation of the trade union Solidarity.
- 1982Anti-government demonstrations are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.
- 1987Thai Airways Flight 365 crashes into the ocean near Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.
- 1999A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1569Emperor Jahangir of India (d. 1627)
- 1842Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, American publisher, journalist, suffragist and civil rights leader (d. 1924)
- 1907Altiero Spinelli, Italian advocate of European federalism (d. 1986)
- 1913Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer
- 1944Clive Lloyd, Guyanese West Indies cricketer
- 1969Nathalie Bouvier, French alpine skier
- 1973Scott Niedermayer, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1982Michele Rugolo, Italian racing driver
- 1984Matti Breschel, Danish road bicycle racer
- 1985Rolando, Portuguese footballer
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