August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2017 was the 243rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 1218Al-Kamil becomes Sultan of Egypt, Syria and northern Mesopotamia on the death of his father Al-Adil.
- 1895German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
- 1907Count Alexander Izvolsky and Sir Arthur Nicolson sign the St. Petersburg Convention, which results in the Triple Entente alliance.
- 1965The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft makes its first flight.
- 1997Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
- 1998North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-1, its first satellite.
- 1999A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
- 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.
- 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?
- 1878Frank Jarvis, American sprinter (d. 1933)
- 1885DuBose Heyward, American playwright (d. 1940)
- 1894Albert Facey, Australian writer (d. 1982)
- 1907Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician (d. 2007)
- 1916Daniel Schorr, American journalist (d. 2010)
- 1938Murray Gleeson, Chief Justice of Australia
- 1974Andriy Medvedev, Ukrainian tennis player
- 1977Craig Nicholls, Australian singer and guitarist (The Vines)
- 1982Michele Rugolo, Italian racing driver
- 1983Larry Fitzgerald, American football player
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