May 31: Day of the Week
May 31, 2019 is the 151st day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 214 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 31 Historical Event(s)
- 1578King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris.
- 1578Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.
- 1790Alferez Manuel Quimper explores the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
- 1805French and Spanish forces begin the assault against British forces occupying Diamond Rock
- 1854The civil death procedure is abolished in France.
- 1859The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.
- 1866In the Fenian Invasion of Canada, John O'Neill leads 850 Fenian raiders across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario, as part of an effort to free Ireland from the United Kingdom. Canadian militia and British regulars repulse the invaders in over the next three days, at a cost of 9 dead and 38 wounded to the Fenian’s 19 dead and about 17 wounded.
- 1929The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, “The Karnival Kid”, is released.
- 19851985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
- 1991Bicesse Accords in Angola lay out a transition to multi-party democracy under the supervision of the United Nations’ UNAVEM II mission.
Who were born on May 31?
- 1469Manuel I of Portugal (d. 1521)
- 1863Francis Younghusband, British explorer (d. 1942)
- 1916Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (d. 1997)
- 1919Robie Macauley, American novelist and literary critic (d. 1995)
- 1938Johnny Paycheck, American singer (d. 2003)
- 1948John Bonham, British musician (Led Zeppelin) (d. 1980)
- 1963Hugh Dillon, Canadian musician and actor
- 1967Kenny Lofton, American baseball player
- 1977Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
- 1984Nate Robinson, American basketball player
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