What happened This day in History on October 31st

For Those With Birthdays 31st October looking for specific year these years are Included on this date 1921, 1926, 1931, 1941, 1942, 1950, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1983, 1984, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2013, Born This Day,

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India 1984 India Gandhi 31st October, 1984 : Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was gunned down outside of her home by Sikh extremists .

U.S. 1921 U.S.A. Forests Monday, Oct. 31st, 1921: Latest figures released by the federal government show that forests in the United States cover 463 million acres, ( Current Forestry is 745 million acres )

U.S. 1926 U.S.A. Harry Houdini 31st October, 1926 : Harry Houdini magician and escapologist dies of gangrene and peritonitis after his appendix ruptured
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U.S. 1931 U.S.A. Gold Standard Oct. 31st, 1931 : Following the announcement that Great Britain had decided to abandon the Gold Standard in mid September a mini panic occurred when people were worried their money was not safe in local banks , the panic caused people to draw savings from the banks which in turn placed more pressure on the banks than the 1929 stock market crash had already, because of this by 31st October 827 banks were forced to close.

U.S. 1941 U.S.A. Mount Rushmore Oct. 31st, 1941 : The Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed after Gutzon Borglum and 400 stone masons sculpt the colossal 60-foot carvings of U.S. presidents, The project had started on October 4th, 1927 to represent the first 150 years of American history
George Washington 1732–1799,
Thomas Jefferson 1743–1826
Abraham Lincoln 1809–1865
Theodore Roosevelt 1858–1919
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UK 1942 England Canterbury Bombing Oct. 31st, 1942 : The Nazi Luftwaffe today launched the heaviest single daylight bombing attack since the Battle of Britain on the Cathedral City of Canterbury .

Puerto Rico 1950 Puerto Rico Rebels Oct. 31st, 1950 : Fighting is continuing in the streets of San Juan between rebels seeking Puerto Rico secession from the United States and 4000 National Guardsman who have been sent in to bring calm to the city. Aircraft are now being used in bombing raids against the rebel hideouts entrenched in and around the mountain towns of Jayuya and Utuado .

UK 1955 UK Princess Margaret Oct. 31st, 1955 : Princess Margaret has announced she will not marry divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend. She had been forced to choose between her love for Group Captain Peter Townsend and giving up her title, her Civil List allowance, and her place in the line of succession because he was divorced. During her announcement she stated that her decision had been made out of loyalty to the Crown and out of consciousness of the Church's teaching on the "indissolubility of Christian marriage" ( Divorce ) .

Egypt 1956 Egypt Suez Canal Crisis 31st October, 1956 : Following Egypt's decision to nationalise the Suez Canal Britain and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal

U.S. 1959 U.S.A. Lee Harvey Oswald Oct. 31st, 1959 : Years before the Kennedy assassination Lee Harvey Oswald is featured in local papers when he applies for Soviet citizenship
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Russia 1961 Soviet Union Joseph Stalin Oct. 31st, 1961 : Joseph Stalin's body is removed from Lenin's Tomb as part of the process of de-Stalinization in The Soviet Union.
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U.S. 1963 U.S.A. Indiana State Fair Coliseum Explosion Oct. 31st, 1963 : An explosion caused by a faulty propane tank during an ice skating show at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now Pepsi Coliseum) kills 74 and injures an additional 400.

Germany 1964 Germany Berlin wall 31st October, 1964 : The Berlin wall was opened up for the second time yesterday for West Germans to visit relatives in East Germany and by nightfall 20,000 had passed through the communist controls. The visits are only allowed one way from west to east due to concerns of the East German Government that it's subjects would not return.
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South Korea 1966 Korea President Lyndon Johnson Oct. 31st, 1966 : An estimated two million people welcomed US President Lyndon Johnson to Seoul, South Korea , America had spent many years and lost many marines 16 years earlier helping to fight communists from the North.
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Vietnam 1968 Vietnam President Lyndon Johnson Oct. 31st, 1968 : After 5 months of negotiations making no progress President Lyndon Johnson orders an end to rolling thunder, The U.S. bombing of North Vietnam in the hopes this would bring an end to the fighting and provide a negotiated settlement.

UK 1971 England IRA Bomb Post Office Tower Oct. 31st, 1971 : A bomb explodes in the Post Office tower causing extensive damage but no injuries

UK 1983 England Greenham Common Oct. 31st, 1983 : Women protesting the soon to arrive U.S. Nuclear Missiles at Greenham Common air base cut through the perimeter fence and daubed emulsion paint on the runway prior to being arrested. They were part of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp.

U.S. 1997 U.S.A. British Au Pair Found Guilty 31st October, 1997 : Boston jury has found Louise Woodward a British Au Pair 19, guilty of second degree murder for killing the baby in her care

U.S. 1999 U.S.A. Plane Crash Oct. 31st, 1999 : EgyptAir Flight 990 ( Boeing 767 ) crashes shortly after taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport, traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board.

U.S. 2002 U.S.A. Enron Oct. 31st, 2002 : Andrew Fastow former chief financial officer for Enron Corp is indicted on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of Enron Corp.

Malaysia 2003 Malaysia Mahathir bin Mohamad 31st October, 2003 : After 22 years from 1981 to 2003 Mahathir bin Mohamad retires from office and the Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi becomes the countries Prime Minister.
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U.S. 2008 U.S.A. Consumer Confidence Oct. 31st, 2008 : Fears of a recession and higher unemployment pushes consumer spending in the US to fall in September by the biggest amount in four years.

China 2008 China Melamine In Food 31st October, 2008 : State Media in China has reported the toxic chemical melamine is probably being routinely added to Chinese animal feed, melamine has now been found in contaminated milk and eggs. Melamine is used to reduce production costs while maintaining the protein count for quality inspections,

2012 Afghanistan Roadside Bomb Attack in Helmand

Oct. 31st, 2012 : A roadside bomb attack in the Helmand province of Afghanistan killed ten civilians, mainly women and children.

2013 Indonesia Nationwide Strike for Wages

31st October, 2013 : Workers across Indonesia banded together to strike for higher wages. The workers were upset that the government was trying to put wage caps in place while the price of living and inflation were constantly increasing. Minimum wages were raised in the country but not enough to keep up with the rapid inflation that the growing economy was experiencing.