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Friday August 31, 2018

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 French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.

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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1795
    War of the First Coalition: The British capture Trincomalee (present-day Sri Lanka) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands.
  • 1813
    At 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.
  • 1895
    German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
  • 1920
    Polish-Bolshevik War: a decisive Polish victory in the Battle of Komarów.
  • 1940
    Pennsylvania 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.
  • 1980
    After two weeks of nationwide strikes, the Polish government was forced to sign the Gdańsk Agreement, allowing for the creation of the trade union Solidarity.
  • 1998
    North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, its first satellite.
  • 1999
    A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
  • 1999
    The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
  • 2010
    The 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?

  • 1741
    Jean Paul Egide Martini, French composer (d. 1816)
  • 1909
    Ferenc Fejtő, Hungarian-born journalist and political scientist (d. 2008)
  • 1913
    Helen Levitt, American photographer (d. 2009)
  • 1949
    Richard Gere, American actor
  • 1958
    Serge Blanco, French rugby union footballer
  • 1965
    Willie Watson, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1969
    Nathalie Bouvier, French alpine skier
  • 1973
    Scott Niedermayer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Ian Harte, Irish footballer
  • 1985
    Rolando, Portuguese footballer

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