About October 31

October 31, 2021 is the 304th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 61 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Scorpio is the sun 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 93 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 31

  • 1587
    Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • 1822
    Emperor Agustín de Iturbide attempts to dissolve the Mexican Empire.
  • 1913
    Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States.
  • 1913
    The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and subsequent riot begins.
  • 1917
    World War I: Battle of Beersheba – “last successful cavalry charge in history”.
  • 1923
    The first of 160 consecutive days of 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Marble Bar, Australia.
  • 1926
    Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
  • 1941
    After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
  • 1943
    World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    An American Eagle ATR-72 crashes in Roselawn, Indiana, after circling in icy weather, killing 68 passengers and crew.
  • 1997
    19-year-old British au pair Louise Woodward, convicted by a Cambridge, Massachusetts, jury of second-degree murder the day before, is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 1998
    Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
  • 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.
  • 2000
    A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    A bankruptcy court approves MCI’s reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
  • 2011
    The world population is now over 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations

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