August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2019 was the 243rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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)
- 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.
- 1864During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1936Radio Prague, now the official international broadcasting station of the Czech Republic, goes on the air.
- 1940Pennsylvania 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.
- 1949The retreat of the Democratic Army of Greece in Albania after its defeat on Gramos mountain marks the end of the Greek Civil War.
- 1986Aeroméxico Flight 498 collides with a Piper PA-28 over Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.
- 1992Pascal Lissouba is inaugurated as the President of the Republic of the Congo.
- 1999The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
- 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?
- 1870Maria Montessori, Italian educator (d. 1952)
- 1902Géza Révész, Hungarian military officer and politician (d. 1977)
- 1909Ferenc Fejtő, Hungarian-born journalist and political scientist (d. 2008)
- 1935Frank Robinson, American baseball player and manager
- 1946Jerome Corsi, American writer
- 1958Julie Brown, American actress
- 1970Deborah Gibson, American singer
- 1975Daniel Harding, British conductor
- 1977Jeff Hardy, American wrestler
- 1984Matti Breschel, Danish road bicycle racer
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