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Thursday October 31, 2019

October 31: Day of the Week

October 31, 2019 is the 304th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 61 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

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.

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October 31 Historical Event(s)

  • 1517
    Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
  • 1876
    A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 deaths.
  • 1913
    The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and subsequent riot begins.
  • 1917
    World War I: Battle of Beersheba – “last successful cavalry charge in history”.
  • 1924
    World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).
  • 1926
    Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    Algerian War of Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front begins a revolt against French rule.
  • 1963
    An explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now Pepsi Coliseum) in Indianapolis kills 74 people during an ice skating show. The explosion also injures 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand is blamed.
  • 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?

  • 1345
    King Fernando I of Portugal (d. 1383)
  • 1692
    Comte de Caylus, French archaeologist (d. 1765)
  • 1908
    Muriel Duckworth, Canadian activist (d. 2009)
  • 1947
    Frank Shorter, American runner
  • 1950
    John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (d. 1994)
  • 1968
    Antonio Davis, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Marcel Meeuwis, Dutch footballer
  • 1981
    Lollie Alexi Devereaux, French actress & writer
  • 1988
    Jack Riewoldt, Australian rules footballer
  • 2000
    Willow Smith, American actress and singer

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