October 31: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on October 31 throughout history. The 304th day of the Gregorian calendar is October 31st. The UN declared this day the Day of the Seven Billion because the world’s population had surpassed seven billion people; Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her bodyguards; and Mount Rushmore was completed after 14 years of labour.

Scorpio is the zodiac sign for October 31. Dan Rather and John Candy are two famous people that were born on October 31st. Today is National Candy Apple Day and Halloween.


(October 31, 1517)
According to history, on this day in 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, a manifesto that transformed a protest about an indulgence scandal into the Protestant Reformation.


(October 31, 1926) The magician and escape artist Harry Houdini died of peritonitis caused by a stomach injury. photo source:

(October 31, 1941) Mount Rushmore National Memorial was constructed in the Black Hills of South Dakota after nearly 15 years of construction; the massive sculpture contains the heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. photo source:

(October 31, 1968) President Lyndon B. Johnson of the United States ordered the halt of American bombing in North Vietnam. photo source:

(October 31, 2020) Sean Connery, a Scottish-born actor best known for playing superspy James Bond in a series of films, died at the age of 90. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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