October 31

October 31 is the 304th day of the Gregorian Calendar ( 305th in leap years), thus 61 days remain until the end of the year.

  • 2.1 Before the 19th century
  • 2.2 19th century
  • 2.3 20th century 2.3.1 1901-1950
  • 2.3.2 1951-2000
  • 3.1 Before the 20th century
  • 3.2 20th century
  • 3.3 21st century


Politics and World Affairs

  • 0475: The Captains Flavius ​​Orestes leaves his young son Romulus Augustulus by the troops proclaimed Western Roman Emperor.
  • 0802: Nicephorus I is elected emperor of Byzantium and sets from the reigning Empress Irene of Athens.
  • 1639: in the Eighty Years' War the fleet of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands in the Battle of the Downs in the English Channel succeeds a victory over Spanish-Portuguese warships.
  • 2004: In the presidential elections in Ukraine there is a head-to -head race between Viktor Yanukovych and Viktor Yushchenko, which makes a runoff election on 21 November necessary.
  • 2006: Operation Autumn Clouds: Shortly after midnight penetrate Israeli forces in a large-scale offensive in the Gaza Strip. The fights are mainly concentrated in the area around Bait Hanun.


Science and Technology





Minor accidents are listed in the sub- items of disaster.


Entries of Athletics world records are located under the respective discipline under Athletics.


Before the 19th century

Clement XIV (1705-1774)

Laura Bassi (1711-1778)

19th century

20th century



21st Century

  • 2005: Infanta Leonor of Spain, Infanta of Spain


Before the 20th century

  • 0994: Wolfgang of Regensburg, German missionary, church reformer and bishop
  • 1448: John VIII, Byzantine Emperor

20th century

21st Century

  • 2001: Régine Cavagnoud, French alpine skier
  • 2002: Yuri Aronowitsch, Russian- Israeli conductor
  • 2004: Eugene Glombig, German politician ( SPD)
  • 2005: Hal Anger, American electrical engineer and biophysicist
  • 2005: William O. Baker, American chemist
  • 2005: Helmut Brennicke, German actor, director, radio speaker, acting coach and author
  • 2005: Paul Reynard, French - American painter
  • 2006: Pieter Willem Botha, South African politician, Prime Minister and President
  • 2008: Studs Terkel, American author and radio host
  • 2009: Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientists
  • 2010: Michel d' Aillières, French politician
  • 2010: Manfred Bock, German track and field athlete.
  • 2010: Heinrich Riebesehl, German Photographer
  • 2010: Ted Sorensen, American author and lawyer
  • 2011: Flórián Albert, Hungarian football player
  • 2011: Liz Anderson, American country music singer and songwriter
  • 2013: Gérard de Villiers, French writer

Holidays and observances

  • Religious observances St. Wolfgang of Regensburg, German abbot, missionary and bishop ( Catholic)
  • Reformation Day (only in Germany ) ( Protestant)
  • Wolfgangstag
  • Name Days Wolfgang
  • State Holidays and observances Mexico: Day of the Dead (first day )
  • More information for the day World Savings Day (except in Germany, in Austria only if it is a working day ) (since 1925)

More entries contains the list of commemorative and action days.