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

  • 475
    Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: The destroyer USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 United States Navy sailors. It is the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII.
  • 1954
    Algerian War of Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front begins a revolt against French rule.
  • 1959
    Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his American citizenship at the US Embassy in Moscow, USSR.
  • 1973
    Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Republic of Ireland aboard a hijacked helicopter that lands in the exercise yard.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    19-year-old British au pair Louise Woodward, convicted by a Cambridge, Massachusetts, jury of second-degree murder the day before, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 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?

  • 1831
    Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist (d. 1910)
  • 1896
    Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1925
    John Pople, English chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1945
    Brian Doyle-Murray, American comedian and actor
  • 1960
    Luis Fortuño, Puerto Rican delegate to Congress
  • 1963
    Fred McGriff, American baseball player
  • 1965
    Denis Irwin, Irish footballer
  • 1978
    Martin Verkerk, Dutch tennis player
  • 1986
    Brent Corrigan, American pornographic actor
  • 1988
    Jack Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer

Who died on October 31?

  • 1641
    Cornelis Jol, Dutch admiral and privateer (b. 1597)
  • 1732
    Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (b. 1666)
  • 1972
    Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1973
    Malek Bennabi, Algerian thinker (b. 1905)
  • 1975
    SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1985
    Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (b. 1918)
  • 1991
    Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 2007
    Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby footballer (b. 1951)
  • 2009
    Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Theodore Sorensen, American lawyer and special counsel to John F. Kennedy (b. 1928)

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