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.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army.
  • 1864
    Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.
  • 1913
    Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States.
  • 1923
    The first of 160 consecutive days of 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Marble Bar, Australia.
  • 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).
  • 1959
    Lee Harvey Oswald attempts to renounce his American citizenship at the US Embassy in Moscow, USSR.
  • 1961
    In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Tomb.
  • 1963
    An explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now Pepsi Coliseum) in Indianapolis kills 74 people during an ice skating show. The explosion also injures 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand is blamed.
  • 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?

  • 1902
    Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1950)
  • 1920
    Joseph Gelineau French composer (d. 2008)
  • 1922
    Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1931
    Dan Rather, American television journalist
  • 1944
    Sally Kirkland, American actress
  • 1946
    Stephen Rea, Irish actor
  • 1951
    Nick Saban, American college football coach
  • 1964
    Colm Ó Cíosóig, Irish drummer
  • 1973
    Tim Byrdak, American baseball player
  • 1980
    Samaire Armstrong, American actress

Who died on October 31?

  • 1448
    John VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1390)
  • 1517
    Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist (b. 1472)
  • 1732
    Victor Amadeus II of Savoy (b. 1666)
  • 1768
    Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian composer (b. 1690)
  • 1913
    William Evans-Gordon, British politician (b. 1857)
  • 1920
    Alphonse Desjardins, Québécois journalist and credit union executive (b. 1854)
  • 1926
    Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born American magician (b. 1874)
  • 1975
    SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • 1996
    Marcel Carné, French film director (b. 1906)
  • 2009
    Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman (b. 1922)

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