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 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)
- 1314King Håkon V Magnusson moves the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.
- 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.
- 1813At 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.
- 1886An earthquake kills 100 in Charleston, South Carolina.
- 1897Thomas Edison patents the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.
- 1941World War II: Serbian paramilitary forces defeat Germans in the Battle of Loznica.
- 1962Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent.
- 1982Anti-government demonstrations are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.
- 1986The Soviet passenger liner Ship sinks in the Black Sea after colliding with the bulk carrier Pyotr Vasev, killing 423.
- 1992Pascal Lissouba is inaugurated as the President of the Republic of the Congo.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1741Jean Paul Egide Martini, French composer (d. 1816)
- 1767Henry Joy McCracken, Irish political activist, founder of the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
- 1834Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (d. 1886)
- 1928Jaime Sin, Philippine cardinal and patriot (d. 2005)
- 1944Roger Dean, English artist
- 1946Jerome Corsi, American writer
- 1960Vali Ionescu, Romanian long jumper
- 1968Valdon Dowiyogo, Nauruan politician and Australian football player
- 1970Queen Rania of Jordan
- 1970Zack Ward, Canadian actor
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