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, 1,509,408,000 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 ‘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

  • 475
    Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army.
  • 1863
    The Maori Wars resumes as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron begin their Invasion of the Waikato.
  • 1917
    World War I: Battle of Beersheba – “last successful cavalry charge in history”.
  • 1926
    Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
  • 1941
    A fire in a clothing factory in Huddersfield, England kills 49.
  • 1943
    World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1954
    Algerian War of Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front begins a revolt against French rule.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1737
    James Lovell, American educator (d. 1789)
  • 1875
    Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman (d. 1950)
  • 1941
    Werner Krieglstein, Czech-American philosopher
  • 1943
    Brian Piccolo, American football player (d. 1970)
  • 1947
    Deidre Hall, American actress
  • 1950
    Jozef Stolorz, Polish art painter
  • 1963
    Rob Schneider, American actor
  • 1966
    Adam Horovitz (Adrock), American rapper (Beastie Boys)
  • 1967
    Buddy Lazier, American race car driver
  • 1970
    Johnny Moeller, American blues guitarist

Who died on October 31?

  • 1214
    Leonora of England, queen of Alfonso VIII of Castile (b. 1162)
  • 1732
    Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (b. 1666)
  • 1733
    Eberhard IV Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1676)
  • 1744
    Leonardo Leo, Italian composer (b. 1694)
  • 1768
    Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian composer (b. 1690)
  • 1946
    Gabriel Gabrio, French actor (b. 1887)
  • 1975
    SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1984
    Eduardo De Filippo, Italian actor and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1993
    River Phoenix, American actor (b. 1970)
  • 2011
    Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)

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