31 October

October 31 is the 304th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 61 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about October 31st, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 31st in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Halloween
  • National Magic Day
  • National Caramel Apple Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – October 31

2011: Day of Seven Billion

The world’s official population reached 7 billion on approximately this day. The United Nations Population Fund designated it as the Day of Seven Billion.

1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 crash

Egypt Air Flight 990 crashed off the Eastern coast of the US, killing all 217 people aboard.

1992: Catholic church regrets its handling of Galileo Galilee’s case

Then Pope John Paul II acknowledged the errors committed by the Catholic Church while dealing with Galileo Galilei in the 17th century.

1984: Indira Gandhi assassinated

Indira Gandhi, the first female prime minister of India, was assassinated by two of her bodyguards. Her death sparked riots in India and New Delhi, where several thousand Sikhs were killed.

1978: South Yemen adopts constitution

The short-lived People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, or South Yemen, adopted its constitution. South Yemen eventually unified with North Yemen in 1990 to create what is today called Yemen

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, October 31

1961: Peter Jackson, New Zealand actor, director, screenwriter, producer

1918: Ian Stevenson, American biochemist

1892: Alexander Alekhine, Russian chess player

1887: Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military leader, politician, President of the Republic of China

1875: Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian activist, politician, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, October 31

2006: P. W. Botha, South African politician, 1st State President of South Africa

1993: Federico Fellini, Italian director

1984: Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, 3rd Prime Minister of India

1926: Harry Houdini, Hungarian/American magician, actor

1916: Charles Taze Russell, American minister

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