August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2020 was the 244th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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.
- 1422King Henry V of England dies of dysentery while in France. His son, Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of 9 months.
- 1897Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
- 1920The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit, Michigan.
- 1965The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft makes its first flight.
- 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.
- 1997Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
- 1999The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
- 2005A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1896Félix-Antoine Savard, Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)
- 1900Gino Lucetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1943)
- 1913Helen Levitt, American photographer (d. 2009)
- 1928James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)
- 1938Murray Gleeson, Chief Justice of Australia
- 1953Pavel Vinogradov, Russian cosmonaut
- 1955Gary Webb, American journalist (d. 2004)
- 1957Glenn Tilbrook, English singer and guitarist (Squeeze)
- 1976Vincent Delerm, French singer-songwriter, pianist and composer
- 1985Rolando, Portuguese footballer
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