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

  • 475
    Romulus Augustulus is proclaimed Western Roman Emperor.
  • 1517
    Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
  • 1587
    Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
  • 1864
    Nevada is admitted as the 36th U.S. state.
  • 1913
    The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and subsequent riot begins.
  • 1918
    Banat Republic is founded
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Battle of Britain ends – the United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Republic of Ireland aboard a hijacked helicopter that lands in the exercise yard.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.
  • 1999
    Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • 2000
    A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50.

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