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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

  • 1924
    The Soviet Union signs an agreement with the Peking government, referring to Outer Mongolia as an “integral part of the Republic of China”, whose “sovereignty” therein the Soviet Union promises to respect.
  • 1935
    A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.
  • 1941
    A Luftwaffe air raid in Dublin, Ireland, claims 38 lives.
  • 1977
    The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System completed.
  • 2009
    Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder shoots and kills physician George Tiller during church services in Wichita, Kansas.

Who were born on May 31?

  • 1641
    Dositheos, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem (d. 1707)
  • 1656
    Marin Marais, French composer (d. 1728)
  • 1935
    Jim Bolger, 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • 1966
    Nick Scotti, American actor and singer
  • 1981
    Jake Peavy, American baseball player

Who died on May 31?

  • 1740
    King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia (b. 1688)
  • 1960
    Walther Funk, Nazi leader (b. 1890)
  • 1970
    Terry Sawchuk, Canadian hockey player (b. 1929)
  • 1983
    Jack Dempsey, American boxer (b. 1895)
  • 2009
    Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)

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