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  • Pretoria, South Africa
    Saturday May 31, 1902

    Second Boer War

    Treaty of Vereeniging

    Pretoria, South Africa
    Saturday May 31, 1902

    31 May 1902, with 54 of the 60 delegates from the Transvaal and Orange Free State voting to accept the terms of the peace treaty.




  • Pretoria, South African Republic
    Saturday May 31, 1902

    Second Boer War

    Treaty of Vereeniging

    Pretoria, South African Republic
    Saturday May 31, 1902

    The last of the Boers surrendered in May 1902 and the war ended with the Treaty of Vereeniging signed on 31 May 1902.




  • Hastings, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 31, 1910

    Elizabeth Blackwell

    Death

    Hastings, England, United Kingdom
    Tuesday May 31, 1910

    On 31 May 1910, she died at her home in Hastings, Sussex, after suffering a stroke that paralyzed half her body. Her ashes were buried in the graveyard of St Munn's Parish Church, Kilmun, and obituaries honouring her appeared in publications such as The Lancet and The British Medical Journal.




  • Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday May 31, 1911

    Titanic

    Building

    Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    Wednesday May 31, 1911

    The name Titanic derives from the Titan of Greek mythology. Built in Belfast, Ireland, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (as it was then known), the RMS Titanic was the second of the three Olympic-class ocean liners—the first was the RMS Olympic and the third was the HMHS Britannic.




  • Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
    Wednesday May 31, 1933

    World War II

    Tanggu Truce

    Tanggu District, Tianjin, China
    Wednesday May 31, 1933

    The two nations then fought several battles, in Shanghai, Rehe and Hebei, until the Tanggu Truce was signed in 1933.




  • Berlin, Germany
    Saturday May 31, 1941

    Martin Bormann

    Extending The 1935 Nuremberg Laws

    Berlin, Germany
    Saturday May 31, 1941

    Bormann was invariably the advocate of extremely harsh, radical measures when it came to the treatment of Jews, the conquered eastern peoples, and prisoners of war. He signed the decree of 31 May 1941 extending the 1935 Nuremberg Laws to the annexed territories of the East.




  • Peru
    Sunday May 31, 1970

    1970 Ancash earthquake

    1970 Ancash earthquake

    Peru
    Sunday May 31, 1970

    The undersea earthquake struck on a Sunday afternoon and lasted about 45 seconds. The shock affected the Peruvian regions of Ancash and La Libertad. The epicenter was located 35 km (22 mi) off the coast of Casma and Chimbote in the Pacific Ocean, where the Nazca Plate is being subducted beneath the South American Plate. It had a moment magnitude of 7.9 and maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). The focal mechanism and hypocentral depth of the earthquake show that the earthquake was a result of normal faulting within the subducting slab. The northern wall of Mount Huascarán was destabilized, causing a rock, ice, and snow avalanche and burying the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. The avalanche started as a sliding mass of glacial ice and rock about 910 meters (2,990 ft) wide and 1.6 km (1 mile) long. It advanced about 18 kilometers (11 mi) to the village of Yungay at an average speed of 280 to 335 km per hour. The fast-moving mass picked up glacial deposits and by the time it reached Yungay, it is estimated to have consisted of about 80 million m³ of water, mud, rocks, and snow.


  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday May 31, 1972

    Johan Cruyff

    Second European Cup

    Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Wednesday May 31, 1972

    In 1972, Ajax won a second European Cup, beating Inter Milan 2–0 in the final, with Cruyff scoring both goals.


  • Falklands
    Monday May 31, 1982

    Falklands War

    The Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre defeated Argentine Special Forces at the skirmish at Top Malo House

    Falklands
    Monday May 31, 1982

    On 31 May, the M&AWC (The Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre) defeated Argentine Special Forces at the skirmish at Top Malo House.


  • Amritsar, Punjab, India
    Thursday May 31, 1984

    Indira Gandhi

    Operation Blue Star

    Amritsar, Punjab, India
    Thursday May 31, 1984

    After several futile negotiations, Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian army in June 1984 to enter the Golden Temple in order to remove Bhindranwale and his supporters from the complex. The army used heavy artillery, including tanks, in the action code-named Operation Blue Star. The operation badly damaged or destroyed parts of the Temple complex, including the Akal Takht shrine and the Sikh library. It also led to the deaths of a large number of Sikh fighters and innocent pilgrims. The number of casualties remain disputed with estimates ranging from many hundreds to many thousands


  • Serbia
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    Kosovo War

    An Operation to clear the border of the KLA

    Serbia
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    On May 31, 1998, the Yugoslav army and the Serb Ministry of the Interior police began an operation to clear the border of the KLA. NATO's response to this offensive was mid-June's Operation Determined Falcon, a NATO show of force over the Yugoslav borders.


  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    Dwayne Johnson

    Over the Edge: In Your House

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
    Sunday May 31, 1998

    Johnson successfully defended the Intercontinental title against Faarooq at Over the Edge: In Your House on May 31. The stable would then refer to themselves as simply "The Nation".


  • U.S.
    Thursday May 31, 2001

    Xerox

    Xerox Corporation announced that its auditors, KPMG LLP

    U.S.
    Thursday May 31, 2001

    On May 31, 2001, Xerox Corporation announced that its auditors, KPMG LLP, had certified Xerox's financial statements for the three years ended December 31, 2000. And the financials included some restatements.


  • Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    FIFA World Cup

    First one held in Asia

    Korea and Japan
    Friday May 31, 2002

    The 2002 World Cup was the first to be held in Asia, and was hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan.


  • Singapore
    Saturday May 31, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    Singapore was removed from WHO's list of infected areas

    Singapore
    Saturday May 31, 2003

    On May 31, Singapore was removed from WHO's list of 'Infected Areas'.


  • FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Thursday May 31, 2007

    Sepp Blatter

    2007 Election

    FIFA headquarters, Zurich, Switzerland
    Thursday May 31, 2007

    Blatter was re-elected unopposed for another four years on 31 May 2007, even though only 66 of 207 FIFA members nominated him.


  • Chengdu, Sichuan, China
    Saturday May 31, 2008

    2008 Sichuan earthquake

    Rescue efforts also came from Jet Li's One Foundation

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
    Saturday May 31, 2008

    Rescue efforts also came from Jet Li's One Foundation which saw the martial arts actor Wu Jing assisting in the efforts.


  • France
    Sunday May 31, 2009

    Rafael Nadal

    First loss in France Open

    France
    Sunday May 31, 2009

    By beating Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of French Open, Nadal set a record of 31 consecutive wins at the French Open, beating the previous record of 28 by Björn Borg. This run came to an end on 31 May 2009, when Nadal lost to eventual runner-up, Robin Söderling in the 4th round. This was Nadal's first and, until 2015, only loss at the French Open.


  • Sacramento, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 31, 2012

    Hot Dog

    The most expensive hot dog

    Sacramento, California, U.S.
    Thursday May 31, 2012

    On May 31, 2012, Guinness World Records certified the world record for the most expensive hot dog at USD$145.49. The "California Capitol City Dawg", served at Capitol Dawg in Sacramento, California, features a grilled 460 mm (18 in) all-beef, natural-casing frank from Chicago, served on a fresh-baked herb-and-oil focaccia roll, spread with white truffle butter, then grilled. It is topped with whole-grain mustard from France, garlic and herb mayonnaise, sauteed chopped shallots, organic mixed baby greens, maple syrup-marinated and fruitwood-smoked uncured bacon from New Hampshire, chopped tomato, moose cheese from Sweden, sweetened dried cranberries, basil olive oil and pear-cranberry-coconut balsamic vinaigrette, and ground peppercorn. Proceeds from the sale of each 1.4 kg (3 lb) super dog were donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.


  • Rome, Italy
    Sunday May 31, 2015

    Francesco Totti

    Final match-day of the 2014–15 season

    Rome, Italy
    Sunday May 31, 2015

    On 31 May, in the final match-day of the 2014–15 season, he scored his 299th goal for Roma in a 2–1 home defeat to Palermo. Totti finished the season as Roma's leading scorer with ten goals in all competitions, the seventh time in which he had been the team's top scorer.


  • Madrid, Spain
    Thursday May 31, 2018

    Zinedine Zidane

    Resignation

    Madrid, Spain
    Thursday May 31, 2018

    On 31 May, five days after the Champions League Final, Zidane announced his resignation as Real Madrid manager, citing the club's "need for change" as his rationale for departing.


  • Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
    Friday May 31, 2019

    Mass Shootings in the United States

    Virginia Beach Shooting

    Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
    Friday May 31, 2019

    The Virginia Beach shooting occurred on the afternoon of May 31, 2019, when a disgruntled city employee fatally shot twelve people and wounded four others in a mass shooting at a municipal building in the Princess Anne area of Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States. He was shot dead by responding police officers.


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