May 31: Day of the Week
May 31, 2018 was the 151st day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 214 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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)
- 1884Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao, King of Maoris, to claim protection of Queen Victoria
- 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.
- 1921Tulsa Race Riot: A civil unrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, the official death toll is 39, but recent investigations suggest the actual toll may be much higher.
- 1942World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.
- 1961The Union of South Africa becomes the Republic of South Africa.
- 1962The West Indies Federation dissolves.
- 1970The Ancash earthquake causes a landslide that buries the town of Yungay, Peru; more than 47,000 people are killed.
- 1973The United States Senate votes to cut off funding for the bombing of Khmer Rouge targets within Cambodia, hastening the end of the Cambodian Civil War.
- 1991Bicesse Accords in Angola lay out a transition to multi-party democracy under the supervision of the United Nations’ UNAVEM II mission.
- 2005Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
Who were born on May 31?
- 1863Francis Younghusband, British explorer (d. 1942)
- 1916Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (d. 1997)
- 1945Bernard Goldberg, American journalist
- 1954Vicki Sue Robinson, American singer (d. 2000)
- 1956Fritz Hilpert, German musician and sound engineer (Kraftwerk)
- 1965Brooke Shields, American actress and supermodel
- 1972Frode Estil, Norwegian cross-country skier
- 1976Colin Farrell, Irish actor
- 1982Jonathan Tucker, American actor
- 1983Reggie Yates, English television presenter
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