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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, 409,056 hours 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

  • 1314
    King Håkon V Magnusson moves the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.
  • 1945
    The Liberal Party of Australia is founded by Robert Menzies.
  • 1982
    Anti-government demonstrations are held in 66 Polish cities to commemorate the second anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement.
  • 1987
    Thai Airways Flight 365 crashes into the ocean near Ko Phuket, Thailand, killing all 83 aboard.
  • 2005
    A stampede on Al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad kills 1,199 people.

Who were born on August 31?

  • 1767
    Henry Joy McCracken, Irish political activist, founder of the Society of United Irishmen (d. 1798)
  • 1913
    Helen Levitt, American photographer (d. 2009)
  • 1947
    Mona Marshall, American voice actress
  • 1954
    Julie Brown, American actress, singer-songwriter and screenwriter
  • 1969
    Nathalie Bouvier, French alpine skier

Who died on August 31?

  • 1888
    Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, British victim of Jack the Ripper (b. 1845)
  • 1927
    William Carver, American sharpshooter & show hoster (b. 1851)
  • 1954
    Elsa Barker, American writer (b. 1869)
  • 1973
    John Ford, American film director (b. 1894)
  • 1986
    Urho Kekkonen, Finnish politician (b. 1900)

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