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, 24,631,200 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 ‘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.
  • 1587
    Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • 1864
    Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.
  • 1876
    A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 deaths.
  • 1941
    After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
  • 1961
    In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Tomb.
  • 2000
    A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 006 collides with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan killing 79 passengers and four crew members.
  • 2003
    A bankruptcy court approves MCI’s reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
  • 2003
    Bethany Hamilton is attacked by a tiger shark and loses her left arm and three liters of blood.
  • 2011
    The world population is now over 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1345
    King Fernando I of Portugal (d. 1383)
  • 1912
    Dale Evans, American singer and actress (d. 2001)
  • 1935
    Ronald Graham, American mathematician
  • 1939
    Ron Rifkin, American actor
  • 1951
    Dave Trembley, American baseball manager
  • 1963
    Mikkey Dee, Swedish musician, drummer for Motörhead
  • 1965
    Rob Rackstraw, voice actor
  • 1973
    Beverly Lynne, American erotic film actress
  • 1973
    Paul Abrahams, English footballer
  • 1980
    Samaire Armstrong, American actress

Who died on October 31?

  • 1448
    John VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1390)
  • 1517
    Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist (b. 1472)
  • 1641
    Cornelis Jol, Dutch admiral and privateer (b. 1597)
  • 1733
    Eberhard IV Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1676)
  • 1916
    Charles Taze Russell, American religious figure (b. 1852)
  • 1918
    Egon Schiele, Austrian painter (b. 1890)
  • 1959
    Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • 2006
    P. W. Botha, South African politician (b. 1916)
  • 2009
    Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientist (b. 1911)
  • 2010
    Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (b. 1952)

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