What are the important events that happened on October 31? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 31: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 31 is the 304th day of the year 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 61 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 18, 2015 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,446,249,600 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectatetragon’ day.

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Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 100 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,044 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 31 Historical Events

  • 1861
    American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army.
  • 1917
    World War I: Battle of Beersheba – “last successful cavalry charge in history”.
  • 1926
    Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
  • 1941
    A fire in a clothing factory in Huddersfield, England kills 49.
  • 1941
    After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
  • 1973
    Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Republic of Ireland aboard a hijacked helicopter that lands in the exercise yard.
  • 1996
    A Fokker F100 operating as TAM Transportes Aéreos Regionais Flight 402 crashes into several houses in São Paulo, Brazil killing 98 including 2 on the ground.
  • 2000
    Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been continuously crewed since.
  • 2002
    A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas indicts former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
  • 2003
    Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir’s 22 years in power.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1424
    King Wladyslaw III of Poland (d. 1444)
  • 1599
    Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer (d. 1680)
  • 1620
    John Evelyn, English diarist (d. 1706)
  • 1825
    Charles Lavigerie, French cardinal (d. 1892)
  • 1888
    Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (d. 1944)
  • 1912
    Ollie Johnston, American animator (d. 2008)
  • 1927
    Thomas Hill, Canadian actor (d. 2009)
  • 1935
    Ronald Graham, American mathematician
  • 1939
    Tom O'Connor, British comedian
  • 1983
    Katy French, Irish model (d. 2007)

Who died on October 31?

  • 1641
    Cornelis Jol, Dutch admiral and privateer (b. 1597)
  • 1659
    John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)
  • 1913
    William Evans-Gordon, British politician (b. 1857)
  • 1952
    U Chit Hlaing, Burmese politician (b. 1879)
  • 1984
    Eduardo De Filippo, Italian actor and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1985
    Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (b. 1913)
  • 1998
    Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • 1999
    Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2000
    Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2001
    Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)

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