About May 31

May 31, 2021 is the 151st day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 214 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Gemini is the sun 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 246 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 31

  • 1279 BC
    Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
  • 526
    A devastating earthquake strikes Antioch, Turkey, killing 250,000.
  • 1223
    Mongol invasion of the Cumans: Battle of the Kalka River – Mongol armies of Genghis Khan led by Subutai defeat Kievan Rus and Cumans.
  • 1578
    Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.
  • 1775
    American Revolution: The Mecklenburg Resolutions are allegedly adopted in the Province of North Carolina.
  • 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.
  • 1859
    The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.
  • 1864
    American Civil War Overland Campaign: Battle of Cold Harbor – The Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee engages the Army of the Potomac under Ulysses S. Grant & George G. Meade.
  • 1866
    In the Fenian Invasion of Canada, John O'Neill leads 850 Fenian raiders across the Niagara River at Buffalo, New York/Fort Erie, Ontario, as part of an effort to free Ireland from the United Kingdom. Canadian militia and British regulars repulse the invaders in over the next three days, at a cost of 9 dead and 38 wounded to the Fenian’s 19 dead and about 17 wounded.
  • 1884
    Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao, King of Maoris, to claim protection of Queen Victoria
  • 1909
    The National Negro Committee, forerunner to the NAACP, convenes for the first time.
  • 1910
    Creation of the Union of South Africa.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    In Moscow City Court, the Rokotov–Faibishenko show trial begins, despite the Khrushchev Thaw to reverse Stalinist elements in Soviet society.
  • 1962
    The West Indies Federation dissolves.
  • 1981
    Burning of Jaffna library, Sri Lanka, It is one of the violent examples of ethnic biblioclasm of the twentieth century.
  • 2005
    Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
  • 2010
    In international waters, armed Shayetet 13 commandos, intending to force the flotilla to anchor at the Ashdod port, boarded ships trying to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, resulting in 9 civilian deaths when teams of IHH activists on the MV Mavi Marmara attacked them with knives and metal rods and abducted one of the soldiers.

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