History is a diverse area of study, people get to know about what happened in the past by looking at sources like books, newspapers, and letters and artefacts like pottery, tools and other remains to create the type of cultures, traditions and the society where we live. But rarely do people think about a specific day in history so let us dwell on the history of today- May 31.
What Happened in India on May 31?
1774- First Postal Service
On May 31, the first postal service office was opened in India in 1774
1867- Prarthana Samaj
Prarthana Samaj, the Hindu Reform Society was established in Bombay on May 31, 1867.
1921- Indian National Congress flag
The flag of the Indian National Congress was adopted on May 31, 1921.
1959- Dalai Lama granted Asylum
The Buddhist religious Dalai Lama was granted asylum in India in 1959 after his exile from Tibet.
1964- Last Electric Tram
The Electric Tram last ran in Bombay in 1964.
What Happened Around the World on May 31?
1879- Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden opens in New York, named after 4th President James Madison.
1884- Patent of the flakes
Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal”.
1909 – NAACP’s first meeting
National Conference on the Negro holds its first meeting in United Charities Building, New York.
1911 – Launch of Titanic
On May 31, the RMS Titanic launched in Belfast.
1916- Battle of Jutland
Largest naval battle of World War I between the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet which killed 8,645 in an inconclusive battle but strategic British victory. German fleet never put to sea again in WWI.
1924- Sino-Soviet Treaty of 1924
On May 31, 1924, China recognized the USSR and the two countries signed the Sino-Sovierty Treaty of 1924 to build mutually beneficial diplomatic relations.
1974- Agreement between Israel and Syria
Israel and Syria sign an agreement concerning Golan Heights.
1985- Constitution of Guatemala
Guatemala adopts its constitution on May 31, 1985.
1987- World No Tobacco Day
Every year, World No Tobacco Day is celebrated on May 31 around the world. It was established by World Health Organization in 1987 to raise awareness about attention tobacco-related diseases.
2008- Usain Bolt and a New World Record
Usain Bolt breaks the world record in the 100m sprint, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds.
2017- Kenya’s Madaraka Express
A Chinese-built high-speed railway from Mombasa to Nairobi is opened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
- 1804- Louise Farrenc
French pianist, composer and only female professor at the Paris Conservatory during the 19th century was born in Paris.
- 1819 – Walt Whitman
American poet (Leaves of Grass) and a volunteer nurse during the Civil War, was born in West Hills, New York.
- 1857- Pius XI Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti
Italian 259th Pope (1922-39), was born in Desio, Lombardy-Venetia, Austrian Empire.
- 1923- Rainier III
Prince of Monaco (1949-2005) was born in Monaco.
- 1930- Clint Eastwood
The famous American actor, Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco, California on May 31, 1930.
- 1943- Joe Namath
American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Super Bowl 1969; Super Bowl MVP 1969; Pro Bowl 1972; NY Jets), was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
- 1965- Brooke Shields
American model/actress (Blue Lagoon, Suddenly Susan), was born in NYC, New York.
- 1976- Colin Farrell
The Irish actor was born in Dublin, Ireland was born on May 31, 1976, and is known for performances in Bruges, Minority Report and Gentleman.
This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on May 31! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more entertaining and informative content, follow Leverage Edu. on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.