May 31: Day of the Week
May 31, 2021 was the 151st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 214 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Monday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.
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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)
- 1578Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.
- 1775American Revolution: The Mecklenburg Resolutions are allegedly adopted in the Province of North Carolina.
- 1859The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.
- 1864American Civil War Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor – The Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee engages the Army of the Potomac under Ulysses S. Grant & George G. Meade.
- 1889Johnstown Flood: Over 2,200 people die after a dam break sends a 60-foot (18-meter) wall of water over the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
- 1916World War I: Battle of Jutland – The British Grand Fleet under the command of Sir John Jellicoe & Sir David Beatty engage the Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Reinhard Scheer & Franz von Hipper in the largest naval battle of the war, which proves indecisive.
- 1929The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, “The Karnival Kid”, is released.
- 1941A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, Ireland, claims 38 lives.
- 1981Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka, It is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century.
- 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)
- 1894Fred Allen, American comedian (d. 1956)
- 1922Denholm Elliott, English actor (d. 1992)
- 1939Terry Waite, British humanitarian
- 1940Gilbert Shelton, American underground comics illustrator
- 1949Tom Berenger, American actor
- 1964Leonard Asper, Canadian businessman
- 1964Scotti Hill, American rock guitarist
- 1965Giorgos Gasparis, Greek basketball player
- 1972Archie Panjabi, English actress
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