October 31: Day of the Week
October 31, 2021 is the 304th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 61 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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)
- 1587Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575.
- 1917World War I: Battle of Beersheba – “last successful cavalry charge in history”.
- 1918Banat Republic is founded
- 1941After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
- 1954Algerian War of Independence: The Algerian National Liberation Front begins a revolt against French rule.
- 1963An 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.
- 1968Vietnam 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.
- 1973Mountjoy 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.
- 1984Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and nearly 10,000 Sikhs are killed.
- 2003A bankruptcy court approves MCI’s reorganization plans, essentially clearing the telecommunications company to exit bankruptcy.
Who were born on October 31?
- 1345King Fernando I of Portugal (d. 1383)
- 1737James Lovell, American educator (d. 1789)
- 1875Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman (d. 1950)
- 1920Helmut Newton, German photographer (d. 2004)
- 1950Zaha Hadid, British architect
- 1953John Lucas II, American basketball player and coach
- 1960Arnaud Desplechin, French film director
- 1966Joseph Boyden, Canadian novelist
- 1970Nicky Wu, Taiwanese actor and martial arts expert
- 1978Martin Verkerk, Dutch tennis player
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