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)
- 1314King Håkon V Magnusson moves the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.
- 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.
- 1876Ottoman Sultan Murat V is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abd-ul-Hamid II.
- 1895German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
- 1897Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
- 1941World War II: Serbian paramilitary forces defeat Germans in the Battle of Loznica.
- 1943The USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, is commissioned.
- 1949The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
- 1982Anti-government demonstrations are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.
- 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?
- 1894Albert Facey, Australian writer (d. 1982)
- 1928James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)
- 1937Warren Berlinger, American actor
- 1944Jos LeDuc, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999)
- 1945Itzhak Perlman, Israeli violinist
- 1947Mona Marshall, American voice actress
- 1948Lowell Ganz, American screenwriter
- 1952Herbert Reul, German politician
- 1963Reb Beach, American guitarist (Winger, Whitesnake)
- 1970Queen Rania of Jordan
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