From the archives of The Daily News for May 31:
- In 1914, the anniversary of President Jeff Davis was celebrated.
- In 1914, a sailor drowned in the channel at Pier 38 while swimming with two companions.
- In 1964, paintings by local artists decorated the Hotel Galvez during the sixth annual Galveston Art League Festival.
- In 1964, a first-year medical student was en route to Nigeria for an experiment in international living.
- In 1989, Galveston County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men in connection with a nighttime attack in which a man was doused with gasoline and set afire. Officers arrested three men from the Bayshore area for the attack on a San Leon man. The man remained in critical condition at John Sealy Hospital with burns over 98 percent of his body.
- In 1989, the 45-day closure of the gulf shrimping season was about to begin. Poachers would be hunted down by balloon, helicopter and U.S. Coast Guard cutter, and their catches would be confiscated and sold, officials said.