August 31: Day of the Week
August 31, 2018 was the 243rd day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 122 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 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.
- 1939Nazi Germany mounts a staged attack on the Gleiwitz radio station, creating an excuse to attack Poland the following day thus starting World War II in Europe.
- 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.
- 1982Anti-government demonstrations are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.
- 1986Aeroméxico Flight 498 collides with a Piper PA-28 over Cerritos, California, killing 67 in the air and 15 on the ground.
- 1987Thai Airways Flight 365 crashes into the ocean near Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.
- 1991Kyrgyzstan declares its independence from the Soviet Union.
- 1997Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
- 1999A LAPA Boeing 737-200 crashes during takeoff from Jorge Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires, killing 65, including two on the ground.
Who were born on August 31?
- 1602Countess Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1675)
- 1879Alma Mahler, Austrian socialite, wife of composer Gustav Mahler (d. 1964)
- 1905Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher (d. 1997)
- 1914Richard Basehart, American actor (d. 1984)
- 1916John S. Wold, American politician
- 1947Somchai Wongsawat, 26th Prime Minister of Thailand
- 1952Herbert Reul, German politician
- 1958Julie Brown, American actress
- 1965Willie Watson, New Zealand cricketer
- 1979Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian film music composer
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