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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is sábado.
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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)
- 1803Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west by leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 11 in the morning.
- 1864During the American Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launch an assault on Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1888Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.
- 1895German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his Navigable Balloon.
- 1920The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit, Michigan.
- 1962Trinidad and Tobago becomes independent.
- 1963Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore achieve technical independence pending accession to the Federation of Malaysia
- 1997Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
- 1999The first of a series of bombings in Moscow kills one person and wounds 40 others.
- 2006Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1767Henry Joy McCracken, Irish political activist, founder of the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
- 1905Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher (d. 1997)
- 1908William Saroyan, American novelist (d. 1981)
- 1955Olek Krupa, Polish actor
- 1965Zsolt Borkai, Hungarian gymnast
- 1971Pádraig Harrington, Irish golfer
- 1975Daniel Harding, British conductor
- 1980Joe Budden, American rapper
- 1982Lien Huyghebaert, Belgian sprinter
- 1984Charl Schwartzel, South African golfer
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