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, 419,280 hours 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

  • 1861
    American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army.
  • 1876
    A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 deaths.
  • 1913
    The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and subsequent riot begins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1961
    In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from Lenin’s Tomb.
  • 1999
    EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 2000
    Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been continuously crewed since.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1424
    King Wladyslaw III of Poland (d. 1444)
  • 1711
    Laura Bassi, Italian scholar (d. 1778)
  • 1888
    Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (d. 1944)
  • 1920
    Dick Francis, British jockey-turned-novelist (d. 2010)
  • 1926
    Jimmy Savile, English entertainer (d. 2011)
  • 1947
    Frank Shorter, American runner
  • 1963
    Fred McGriff, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Adam Horovitz (Adrock), American rapper (Beastie Boys)
  • 1973
    Paul Abrahams, English footballer
  • 1980
    Marcel Meeuwis, Dutch footballer

Who died on October 31?

  • 1659
    John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)
  • 1723
    Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1642)
  • 1926
    Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born American magician (b. 1874)
  • 1983
    George Halas, American professional football coach and team owner (b. 1895)
  • 1988
    John Houseman, Romanian-born American actor and director (b. 1902)
  • 1998
    Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • 2000
    Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Hal Anger, American biophysicist (b. 1920)
  • 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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