August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2021 is the 243rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1943The USS Harmon, the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after a black person, is commissioned.
- 1965The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft makes its first flight.
- 1980After two weeks of nationwide strikes, the Polish government was forced to sign the Gdańsk Agreement, allowing for the creation of the trade union Solidarity.
- 1987Thai Airways Flight 365 crashes into the ocean near Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.
- 1992Pascal Lissouba is inaugurated as the President of the Republic of the Congo.
- 1994The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1721George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (d. 1775)
- 1900Gino Lucetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1943)
- 1920Gustavo Adolfo Palma, Guatemalan singer (d. 2010)
- 1944Roger Dean, English artist
- 1947Luca di Montezemolo, Italian businessman
- 1948Holger Osieck, German footballer and coach
- 1949Richard Gere, American actor
- 1963Sonny Silooy, Dutch footballer
- 1965Céline Bonnier, French-Canadian actress
- 1982Lien Huyghebaert, Belgian sprinter
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