May 31: Day of the Week
May 31, 2023 is the 151st day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 214 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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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)
- 526A devastating earthquake strikes Antioch, Turkey, killing 250,000.
- 1578King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris.
- 1678The Godiva procession through Coventry begins.
- 1862American Civil War Peninsula Campaign: Battle of Seven Pines or (Battle of Fair Oaks) – Confederate forces under Joseph E. Johnston & G. W. Smith engage Union forces under George B. McClellan outside Richmond, Virginia.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1941Anglo-Iraqi War: The United Kingdom completes the re-occupation of Iraq and returns 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II.
- 1942World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.
- 1970The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed.
- 2005Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
Who were born on May 31?
- 1557Feodor I of Russia (d. 1598)
- 1773Ludwig Tieck, German writer (d. 1853)
- 1898Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, American clergyman (d. 1993)
- 1921Alida Valli, Italian actress (d. 2006)
- 1934Jim Hutton, American actor d. 1979
- 1938John Prescott, English politician
- 1964Scotti Hill, American rock guitarist
- 1976Colin Farrell, Irish actor
- 1977Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1977Petr Tenkrát, Czech ice hockey player
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