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What are the important events that happened on August 31? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 31: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 31 is the 244th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 122 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 18, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,543,360 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatetracontatetragon’ day.

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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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 150 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,349 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 31 Historical Events

  • 1813
    At the final stage of the Peninsular War, British-Portuguese troops capture the town of Donostia (now San Sebastián), resulting in a rampage and eventual destruction of the town. Elsewhere, Spanish troops repel a French attack in the Battle of San Marcial.
  • 1888
    Mary Ann Nichols is murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims.
  • 1920
    The first radio news program is broadcast by 8MK in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1939
    Nazi 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.
  • 1982
    Anti-government demonstrations are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.

Who were born on August 31?

  • 1602
    Countess Amalia of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (d. 1675)
  • 1935
    Eldridge Cleaver, American political activist (d. 1998)
  • 1955
    Gary Webb, American journalist (d. 2004)
  • 1963
    Reb Beach, American guitarist (Winger, Whitesnake)
  • 1977
    Jeff Hardy, American wrestler

Who died on August 31?

  • 1422
    King Henry V of England (b. 1387)
  • 1978
    John Wrathall, Rhodesian politician (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    George Porter, English chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2004
    Carl Wayne, English singer (b. 1943)
  • 2007
    Jean Jacques Paradis Canadian general (b.1928)

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