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 305th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 61 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 18, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,477,872,000 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 ‘trihectapentagon’ 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 89 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 1,410 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 31 Historical Events

  • 475
    Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor.
  • 1517
    Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
  • 1913
    Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States.
  • 1963
    An explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now Pepsi Coliseum) in Indianapolis kills 74 people during an ice skating show. The explosion also injures 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand is blamed.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War October surprise: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of “all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam” effective November 1.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and nearly 10,000 Sikhs are killed.
  • 1998
    Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • 1999
    Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • 2000
    A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1875
    Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (d. 1954)
  • 1896
    Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1908
    Muriel Duckworth, Canadian activist (d. 2009)
  • 1946
    Stephen Rea, Irish actor
  • 1951
    Dave Trembley, American baseball manager
  • 1956
    Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician
  • 1980
    Alondra de la Parra, Mexican conductor
  • 1981
    Irina Denezhkina, Russian writer
  • 1984
    Scott Clifton, American actor
  • 1987
    Nick Foligno, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on October 31?

  • 1448
    John VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1390)
  • 1659
    John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)
  • 1732
    Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (b. 1666)
  • 1913
    William Evans-Gordon, British politician (b. 1857)
  • 1946
    Gabriel Gabrio, French actor (b. 1887)
  • 1972
    Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1984
    Eduardo De Filippo, Italian actor and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1985
    Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)
  • 1991
    Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)

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