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

  • 1876
    A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 deaths.
  • 1917
    World War I: Battle of Beersheba – “last successful cavalry charge in history”.
  • 1918
    Banat Republic is founded
  • 1924
    World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).
  • 1941
    After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1620
    John Evelyn, English diarist (d. 1706)
  • 1895
    B. H. Liddell Hart, British military historian (d. 1970)
  • 1919
    Magnus Wenninger, American priest, author of Polyhedron models
  • 1946
    Norman Lovett, British actor
  • 1956
    Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician
  • 1959
    Neal Stephenson, American author
  • 1973
    Beverly Lynne, American erotic film actress
  • 1974
    Natasja Saad, Danish hip hop and reggae artist (d. 2007)
  • 1979
    Ricardo Fuller, Jamaican footballer
  • 1989
    Ben Brooks, British motocross racer

Who died on October 31?

  • 1768
    Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian composer (b. 1690)
  • 1879
    Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)
  • 1918
    Egon Schiele, Austrian painter (b. 1890)
  • 1929
    António José de Almeida, Portuguese politician (b. 1866)
  • 1939
    Otto Rank, Austrian psychologist (b. 1884)
  • 1984
    Eduardo De Filippo, Italian actor and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1988
    John Houseman, Romanian-born American actor and director (b. 1902)
  • 1991
    Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 1993
    River Phoenix, American actor (b. 1970)
  • 2009
    Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman (b. 1922)

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