About May 31

May 31, 2020 is the 152nd day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 214 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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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 257 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.
  • 1578
    King Henry III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge of Paris.
  • 1578
    Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.
  • 1678
    The Godiva procession through Coventry begins.
  • 1775
    American Revolution: The Mecklenburg Resolutions are allegedly adopted in the Province of North Carolina.
  • 1790
    French Revolution: the Revolutionary Tribunal is suppressed.
  • 1859
    The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.
  • 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
  • 1910
    Creation of the Union of South Africa.
  • 1911
    The hull of the ocean liner RMS Titanic is launched.
  • 1921
    Tulsa Race Riot: A civil unrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, the official death toll is 39, but recent investigations suggest the actual toll may be much higher.
  • 1935
    A 7.7 Mw earthquake destroys Quetta in modern-day Pakistan: 40,000 dead.
  • 1942
    World War II: Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.
  • 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.
  • 1977
    The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System completed.
  • 2005
    Vanity Fair reveals that Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
  • 2009
    Anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder shoots and kills physician George Tiller during church services in Wichita, Kansas.
  • 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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