August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2018 was the 243rd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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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)
- 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.
- 1897Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
- 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.
- 1949The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1992Pascal Lissouba is inaugurated as the President of the Republic of the Congo.
- 1999A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
- 2010The last episode of The Bill, the longest-running police procedural television series in the United Kingdom, is aired on ITV1.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1602Countess Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1675)
- 1821Hermann von Helmholtz, German scientist (d. 1894)
- 1907Altiero Spinelli, Italian advocate of European federalism (d. 1986)
- 1907Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines (d. 1957)
- 1938Martin Bell, British journalist
- 1944Roger Dean, English artist
- 1946Tom Coughlin, American football coach
- 1955Gary Webb, American journalist (d. 2004)
- 1976Radek Martínek, Czech ice hockey player
- 1987Petros Kravaritis, Greek footballer
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