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

  • 1517
    Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
  • 1587
    Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • 1822
    Emperor Agustín de Iturbide attempts to dissolve the Mexican Empire.
  • 1926
    Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
  • 1938
    Great Depression: In an effort to restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1291
    Philippe de Vitry, French composer (d. 1361)
  • 1424
    King Wladyslaw III of Poland (d. 1444)
  • 1908
    Muriel Duckworth, Canadian activist (d. 2009)
  • 1919
    Magnus Wenninger, American priest, author of Polyhedron models
  • 1922
    King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia
  • 1950
    Antonio Taguba, US Army Major General
  • 1970
    Johnny Moeller, American blues guitarist
  • 1970
    Mitch Harris, American guitarist (Napalm Death)
  • 1979
    Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican footballer
  • 1982
    Tomáš Plekanec, Czech ice hockey player

Who died on October 31?

  • 1448
    John VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1390)
  • 1732
    Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (b. 1666)
  • 1744
    Leonardo Leo, Italian composer (b. 1694)
  • 1883
    Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Indian spiritual figure (b. 1824)
  • 1916
    Charles Taze Russell, American religious figure (b. 1852)
  • 1985
    Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • 1985
    Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (b. 1913)
  • 1993
    River Phoenix, American actor (b. 1970)
  • 1995
    Rosalind Cash, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 2011
    Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)

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