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

  • 1587
    Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • 1822
    Emperor Agustín de Iturbide attempts to dissolve the Mexican Empire.
  • 1863
    The Maori Wars resumes as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron begin their Invasion of the Waikato.
  • 1864
    Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.
  • 1913
    The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and subsequent riot begins.
  • 1923
    The first of 160 consecutive days of 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Marble Bar, Australia.
  • 1926
    Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Tomb.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1622
    Pierre Paul Puget, French artist (d. 1694)
  • 1835
    Adelbert Ames, American general, 27th and 30th Governor of Mississippi (d. 1933)
  • 1848
    Boston Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1876)
  • 1935
    David Harvey, British-American academic
  • 1953
    John Lucas II, American basketball player and coach
  • 1957
    Brian Stokes Mitchell, American singer and actor
  • 1966
    Jon Wurster, American comic and drummer (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats)
  • 1981
    Frank Iero, American musician (My Chemical Romance, Pencey Prep)
  • 1987
    Nick Foligno, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1992
    Vanessa Marano, American actress

Who died on October 31?

  • 1448
    John VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1390)
  • 1733
    Eberhard IV Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1676)
  • 1765
    Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, English military leader (b. 1721)
  • 1939
    Otto Rank, Austrian psychologist (b. 1884)
  • 1946
    Gabriel Gabrio, French actor (b. 1887)
  • 1984
    Indira Gandhi, Indian politician (b. 1917)
  • 1988
    Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)
  • 1996
    Marcel Carné, French film director (b. 1906)
  • 1998
    Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • 2001
    Régine Cavagnoud, French skier (b. 1970)

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