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.
  • 1587
    Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army.
  • 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
    A fire in a clothing factory in Huddersfield, England kills 49.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1961
    In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Tomb.
  • 1998
    Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • 2002
    A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas indicts former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1692
    Comte de Caylus, French archaeologist (d. 1765)
  • 1920
    Dick Francis, British jockey-turned-novelist (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Joseph Gelineau French composer (d. 2008)
  • 1943
    Paul Frampton, English physicist
  • 1947
    Frank Shorter, American runner
  • 1956
    Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician
  • 1963
    Dunga, Brazilian footballer and manager
  • 1974
    Muzzy Izzet, Turkish footballer
  • 1980
    Samaire Armstrong, American actress
  • 1988
    Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver

Who died on October 31?

  • 1147
    Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, English politician (b. c.1090)
  • 1448
    John VIII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1390)
  • 1723
    Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1642)
  • 1973
    Malek Bennabi, Algerian thinker (b. 1905)
  • 1985
    Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (b. 1913)
  • 1988
    Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)
  • 1988
    John Houseman, Romanian-born American actor and director (b. 1902)
  • 1996
    Marcel Carné, French film director (b. 1906)
  • 1999
    Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2009
    Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman (b. 1922)

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