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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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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, 1,464,652,800 seconds 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.
  • 1911
    The hull of the ocean liner RMS Titanic is launched.
  • 1927
    The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.
  • 1962
    Adolf Eichmann is hanged in Israel.
  • 1991
    Bicesse Accords in Angola lay out a transition to multi-party democracy under the supervision of the United Nations’ UNAVEM II mission.

Who were born on May 31?

  • 1943
    Joe Namath, American football player
  • 1972
    Frode Estil, Norwegian cross-country skier
  • 1977
    Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979
    Jean-François Gillet, Belgian footballer
  • 1985
    Ian Vougioukas, Greek basketball player

Who died on May 31?

  • 1246
    Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John of England (b. 1188)
  • 1910
    Elizabeth Blackwell, American physician (b. 1821)
  • 1977
    William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)
  • 1986
    James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • 2001
    Arlene Francis, American television personality (b. 1907)

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