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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

  • 1790
    Alferez Manuel Quimper explores the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • 1790
    The United States enacts its first copyright statute, the Copyright Act of 1790.
  • 1916
    World War I: Battle of Jutland – The British Grand Fleet under the command of Sir John Jellicoe & Sir David Beatty engage the Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Reinhard Scheer & Franz von Hipper in the largest naval battle of the war, which proves indecisive.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.

Who were born on May 31?

  • 1818
    John Albion Andrew, American politician (d. 1867)
  • 1908
    Don Ameche, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1931
    John Robert Schrieffer, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1945
    Laurent Gbagbo, Fourth President of Côte d'Ivoire
  • 1972
    Archie Panjabi, English actress

Who died on May 31?

  • 1162
    Géza II of Hungary (b. 1130)
  • 1558
    Philip Hoby, English politician (b. 1505)
  • 1747
    Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
  • 2006
    Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)

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