October 31 Events in History - October 31 Birthdays - October 31 Deaths
2014 A court has ruled that Kaci Hickox, the Maine nurse who has fought against requirements to quarantine herself due to her contact in West Africa with Ebola patients, will not have to restrict her movements; Hickox has shown no signs of the virus
2014 Israel reopens Jerusalem's Temple Mount a day after closing it to visitors in the wake of the shooting of activist Yehudah Glick; however, security restrictions have been applied to Muslim men seeking to pray at the site
2013 Researchers in Vietnam completed a two-year project to use nanotechnology to produce Nano Curcumin, a substance that can help treat cancer; the substance Curcumin has a low absorption rate and does not dissolve well in water
2013 The Organization on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reports it has completed the inspection of 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across Syria, resulting in the destruction of over 1,000 metric tons of toxic agents and munitions
2012 In the U.S., over 60 people die in the Mid-Atlantic states as the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy leaves millions without electricity and cripples its mass transportation system
2012 The New York Stock Exchange is reopened after a two-day closure due to Hurricane Sandy; this was the market's first weather-related two-day closure since the late 19th century
2011 The exchange rate of the Japanese yen with the U.S. dollar is reduced by the Government of Japan after the yen reached record highs
2011 According to the U.N. Population Division, the world population has reached seven billion people
2010 American Alexandria Mills, age 18, wins the 60th Miss World pageant in China
2010 A substantially large oil field that is estimated to contain between 8 and 15 billion barrels, is discovered off the coast of Brazil
2009 Margarito Montes, a prominent union leader, is found among fifteen people killed on a ranch in northern Mexico
2006 Bob Barker, from The Price is Right, retires after 35 years as host
2005 Samuel Alito is nominated for the Supreme Court by George W. Bush
1999 EgyptAir flight 990 crashes 60m off coast of Nantucket, killing 217, likely cause was an Islamist suicide replacement pilot
1997 British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, sentenced to life in death of Matthew Eappen 8 months (judge changes to time served)00690901
1995 NHL New Jersey Devils agree to stay in New Jersey
1994 American Eagle ATR-72 crash down at Gary, Indiana: 68 killed
1993 "Wonderful Tennessee" closes at Plymouth Theater New York City after 9 performances
1993 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match
1993 Germany unemployment hits country record of 3.5 million
1993 Rapper Tupac Shakur charged with aggravated assault
1993 U.S. wins Nichirei International LPGA Golf Tournament
1992 Don Keller makes his 18,000th sky dive
1992 Roman Catholic church reinstates Galileo Galilei after 359 years
1992 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: A P Indy, Fraise, Gilded Time, Liza, Lure, Paseana, Thirty Slews at Gulfstream Park
1991 Palestinians attend U.S. mideast peace talks in Madrid
1990 Pakistan make 3-0 drubbing of New Zealand, Waqar Younis 29 series wkts
1989 AR Gurney's "Love Letters," premieres in New York City
1989 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1989 Turgat Ozal elected president of Turkey
1989 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1988 19 degrees F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
1988 1st Monday Night NFL game in Indianapolis, Colts beat Denver 55-23
1988 Journalists demand greater press freedom in Yugoslavia
1987 1st jockey to win 9 races in 1 day (Chris Antley at Belmont)
1985 Last day in Test cricket for Zaheer Abbas
1984 Howard Goodall/Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man," premieres in London
1984 Puerto Rican tanker, San Francisco explodes spilling 2 million gallons of oil as ship caught fire
1983 Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album
1983 Ron Grant completes a 217 day, 8,316 mile run around Australia
1982 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St. James New York City after 9 performances
1982 Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pontiff to visit Spain
1981 1st live radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)
1980 Julian Nott sets world hot-air balloon altitude record (16,806 m)
1980 Polish government recognizes Solidarity
1980 Senegal routes troops to Gambia due to Libyan threat
1979 Mike Flanagan, wins AL Cy Young Award
1979 U.S. DC-10 crashes at Mexico-City, 74 killed
1978 Iranian oil workers go on strike
1978 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (South) adopts constitution
1976 Javed Miandad, 206 vs. New Zealand, age 19 years 141 days (29 fours 1 six)
1975 Bob Geldof 1st appearance with Boomtown Rats
1973 Tom Seaver wins NL Cy Young Award
1972 Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
1971 "On the Town" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 65 performances
1969 George Harrison's "Something" is released in the United Kingdom
1969 Race riot in Jacksonville Florida
1968 Linda Eastman moves to U.K. permanently
1968 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)
1968 President Johnson orders a halt to all bombing of North Vietnam
1968 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1967 KIMO TV channel 13 in Anchorage, AK (ABC) begins broadcasting
1967 Nguyen Van Thieu took oath of office as 1st President of South Vietnam 2nd Rep
1967 SF's Mike McCormick wins NL Cy Young Award
1964 Barbra Streisand's "People," album goes #1 for 5 weeks
1963 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles and their fans at London Airport
1963 J. Edgar Hoover last meeting with president John F. Kennedy
1963 Leaking propane gas explodes, kills 64 at "Holiday on Ice" (Indiana)
1961 Hurricane Hattie, kills 400 in British Honduras
1961 Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal
1960 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 10,000 die
1959 Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to US
1959 U.S.S.R. and Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam
1957 "Jamaica" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 558 performances
1956 1st American to land an airplane at South Pole - Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek
1956 Britain and France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
1956 Brooklyn, New York ends streetcar service
1954 Algerian Revolution against French begins
1954 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open
1954 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 TV broadcasting begins in Belgium
1952 1st thermonuclear bomb detonated - Marshall Islands
1951 Second Chamber accept plan-Schuman
1950 Collazo and Torresola attempt to kill Truman in Washington, D.C.
1949 "Regina" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 86 performances
1949 Amsterdam Telegraph-director/SS'er Henri Holdert sentenced to 12 years
1949 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast
1944 Chief of staff Kruls names De Quay chairman of Universal Commission
1943 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Brooklyn (48-10)
1942 94 U boats sunk this month (619,000 ton)
1942 9th day in battle at El Alamein
1941 13 U boats sunk this month (62,000 ton)
1941 Mount Rushmore is completed
1941 Prior to U.S. in WW II, Germany torpedoes U.S. destroyer Reuben James
1940 63 U boats sunk this month (325,000 ton)
1940 Battle of Britain: Germany and Britair control of English Channel, ends
1940 Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into Warsaw Ghetto
1939 27 U boats sunk this month (135,000 ton)
1937 Spanish government moves from Valencia to Barcelona
1932 Greek government of Venizelos falls
1925 Cossack officer Reza Chan replaces sultan Ahmad Shah in Persia
1922 Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premier of Italy
1922 Karel and Josef Capek's "World We Live In," premieres in New York City
1921 Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st woman track and field association)
1920 Romania annexes Bessarabia
1918 Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in U.S. in 1 week
1917 Eugene O'Neill's "In the Zone," premieres in New York City
1916 Clare Kummer's "Good Gracious Annabelle," premieres in New York City
1914 Great Britain and France declare war on Turkey
1908 4th Olympic games ends in London
1907 Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club's 1st game defeating Strathcona Rugby Foot-ball Club 15-0 at Calgary
1906 George Bernard Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra," premieres in New York City
1905 Great revolutionary demonstration for amnesty in St. Petersburg
1900 AL President Ban Johnson writes to NL President Nick Young seeking peace
1888 John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tire
1887 Rimski-Korsakov's "Capricio Espagnol," premieres in St. Petersburg
1881 Metropolitan club plays its last game of its non-league season They win 80 of 151 games (18-43 versus NL teams)
1876 Cyclone hits Bengal, about 200,000 die
1871 Founding of Netherland Protestant Union in Dokkum
1868 Standard uniform approved for postal carriers
1864 Nevada admitted as 36th state
1846 Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp
1837 Collision of river boat Monmouth and Trement on Miss; 300 die
1815 Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner's safety lamp
1808 Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain
1794 John Dalton 1st lecture to Manchester Literary/Philosophical Society
1793 Execution of Girondins at Paris, during Reign of Terror
1759 Earthquake in Safed Palestine kills hundred
1714 Georg Ludwig van Hannover crowned as English King George I
1617 Laurens Reael resigns as governor-general of East-Indies
1596 English/French/Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Drievoudig Covenant"
1552 Emperor Karel and Markgraaf Albecht strike siege for Metz
1541 Michelangelo Buonarroti's paints "last judgement" in Sistine Chapel
1517 Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church-Protestant Reformation
834 1st All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints
802 Empress Irene of Byzantium driven out