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 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 61 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 18, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,156,800 minutes 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 111 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 1,775 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 31 Historical Events

  • 1863
    The Maori Wars resumes as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron begin their Invasion of the Waikato.
  • 1918
    Banat Republic is founded
  • 1941
    After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
  • 1943
    World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1944
    Dr. jur. Erich Göstl, a member of the Waffen SS, is awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognise extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 2000
    A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1345
    King Fernando I of Portugal (d. 1383)
  • 1424
    King Wladyslaw III of Poland (d. 1444)
  • 1896
    Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1902
    Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1950)
  • 1916
    Carl Johan Bernadotte, former Prince of Sweden
  • 1918
    Ian Stevenson, American parapsychologist (d. 2007)
  • 1920
    Dick Francis, British jockey-turned-novelist (d. 2010)
  • 1950
    Zaha Hadid, British architect
  • 1951
    Dave Trembley, American baseball manager
  • 1975
    Fabio Celestini, Swiss footballer

Who died on October 31?

  • 1147
    Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, English politician (b. c.1090)
  • 1723
    Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1642)
  • 1929
    António José de Almeida, Portuguese politician (b. 1866)
  • 1972
    Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1985
    Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • 1993
    Federico Fellini, Italian director (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    Marcel Carné, French film director (b. 1906)
  • 1998
    Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • 2003
    Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian singer (b. 1908)
  • 2009
    Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientist (b. 1911)

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