August 31 holidays in 2018

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
Umhlanga Reed Dance
Swaziland Public Holiday
Malaysia's National Day
Malaysia Federal Public Holiday
Independence Day of the Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyzstan Public Holiday
International Overdose Awareness Day
- International
Independence Day
Trinidad and tobago Public Holiday
Language Day
Moldova National Holiday

Historical Events on August 31

  • 1422: Henry VI becomes King of England at the age of nine months after his father – King Henry V of England – dies of dysentery while in France.
  • 1776: The first Governor of New Jersey, William Livingston, begins his first term.
  • 1795: During the War of the First Coalition, British forces capture Trincomalee from the Dutch to prevent it from falling into French hands.
  • 1798: During the Irish Rebellion of 1798, Irish insurgents establish the Republic of Connacht.
  • 1864: General William T. Sherman leads Union forces on an assault on Atlanta.
  • 1918: The Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin during World War I begins.
  • 1920: The first radio news program is broadcast in Detroit.
  • 1939: Germany begins a false-flag attack on the Gleiwitz radio station. This gives them an excuse to invade Poland the following day, hereby starting World War II in Europe.
  • 1941: During WWII, Serbian paramilitary forces defeat German forces at the Battle of Loznica.
  • 1945: Robert Menzies founds the Liberal Party of Australia.
  • 1997: Princess of Wales Diana, Dodi Fayed and Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris.
  • 2012: A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits Eastern Samar – a province in the Philippines.

Famous Birthdays on August 31

  • Roman Emperor Caligula is born in 12 AD
  • Roman Emperor Commodus is born in 161
  • American physician and politician John Davidson is born in 1924.
  • American actor Buddy Hackett is born in 1924.
  • French actor and director Maurice Pialat is born in 1925.
  • Filipino Cardinal Jaime Sin is born in 1928.
  • American singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson is born in 1970.
  • English politician Greg Mulholland is born in 1970.
  • Queen Rania of Jordan is born in 1970.
  • American comedian and actor Chris Tucker is born in 1972.
  • Canadian ice hockey player and coach Scott Niedermayer is born in 1973.
  • Canadian swimmer Mark Johnston is born in 1979.
  • Scottish singer-songwriter and producer Simon Neil is born in 1979.
  • American rapper Joe Budden is born in 1980.
  • Welsh rugby player Dwayne Peel is born in 1981.
  • American ice hockey player Steve Saviano is born in 1981.
  • American swimmer Ian Crocker is born in 1982.