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On this day in history - October 31

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

    EgyptAir 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

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

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

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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