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

May 31: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 31 is the 152nd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 214 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

When this day started, 24,410,880 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 ‘hectapentacontadigon’ day.

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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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 242 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 1,257 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 31 Historical Events

  • 1854
    The civil death procedure is abolished in France.
  • 1902
    Second Boer War: The Treaty of Vereeniging ends the war and ensures British control of South Africa.
  • 1911
    President of Mexico Porfirio Díaz flees the country during the Mexican Revolution.
  • 1929
    The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, “The Karnival Kid”, is released.
  • 1941
    Anglo-Iraqi War: The United Kingdom completes the re-occupation of Iraq and returns 'Abd al-Ilah to power as regent for Faisal II.

Who were born on May 31?

  • 1641
    Dositheos, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem (d. 1707)
  • 1946
    Steve Bucknor, West Indian Cricket Umpire
  • 1972
    Dave Roberts, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Yiasoumis Yiasoumi, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1989
    Marco Reus, German footballer

Who died on May 31?

  • 1495
    Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (b. 1415)
  • 1680
    Joachim Neander, German clergyman (b. 1650)
  • 1945
    Odilo Globocnik, Austrian Nazi officer (b. 1904)
  • 1993
    Francis Lynch, American state legislator (b. 1920)
  • 1997
    James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)

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