August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2019 is the 243rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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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.
- 1795War of the First Coalition: The British capture Trincomalee (present-day Sri Lanka) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands.
- 1876Ottoman Sultan Murat V is deposed and succeeded by his brother Abd-ul-Hamid II.
- 1920Polish-Bolshevik War: a decisive Polish victory in the Battle of Komarów.
- 1945The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies.
- 1965The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft makes its first flight.
- 1986The Soviet passenger liner Ship sinks in the Black Sea after colliding with the bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev, killing 423.
- 1987Thai Airways Flight 365 crashes into the ocean near Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.
- 1999The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1821Hermann von Helmholtz, German scientist (d. 1894)
- 1907William Shawn, American editor (d. 1992)
- 1914Richard Basehart, American actor (d. 1984)
- 1916Danny Litwhiler, American baseball player and coach
- 1945Van Morrison, Northern Irish singer-songwriter
- 1947Mona Marshall, American voice actress
- 1960Chris Whitley, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)
- 1976Roque Júnior, Brazilian footballer
- 1979Simon Neil, Scottish singer and guitarist (Biffy Clyro)
- 1980Joe Budden, American rapper
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