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, 24,631,200 minutes 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

  • 1918
    Banat Republic is founded
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 1956
    Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.
  • 1968
    Vietnam War October surprise: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of “all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam” effective November 1.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • 1999
    EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 2003
    A bankruptcy court approves MCI’s reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
  • 2003
    Mahathir bin Mohamad resigns as Prime Minister of Malaysia and is replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, marking an end to Mahathir’s 22 years in power.

Who were born on October 31?

  • 1705
    Pope Clement XIV (d. 1774)
  • 1914
    Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (d. 1988)
  • 1927
    Lee Grant, American actress
  • 1947
    Herman Van Rompuy, Belgian politician
  • 1956
    Anders Lago, Swedish Social Democratic politician
  • 1964
    Colm Ó Cíosóig, Irish drummer
  • 1966
    Koji Kanemoto, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969
    David Coburn, American actor/voice actor
  • 1973
    Christopher Bevins, American voice actor
  • 1975
    Johnny Whitworth, American actor

Who died on October 31?

  • 1517
    Fra Bartolommeo, Italian artist (b. 1472)
  • 1641
    Cornelis Jol, Dutch admiral and privateer (b. 1597)
  • 1659
    John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)
  • 1884
    Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian painter (b. 1858)
  • 1986
    Robert S. Mulliken, American physicist and chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1896)
  • 1995
    Rosalind Cash, American actress (b. 1938)
  • 1999
    Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)
  • 2002
    Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician (b. 1903)
  • 2003
    Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)
  • 2008
    Studs Terkel, American author and radio personality (b. 1912)

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