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Tuesday 31 October 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Eve of Winter, the eve of the first day of winter in the Northern hemisphere: - Allantide (Cornwall); - Hop-tu-Naa (Isle of Man); - Samhain in the Northern Hemisphere, Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere; begins on sunset of October 31 (Gaels, Welsh people and Neopagan Wheel of the Year); - The first day of Allhallowtide, observed until November 6 (Western Christianity); - The first day of the Day of the Dead, celebrated until November 2 (Mexico)
  • Eve of Winter, the eve of the first day of winter in the Northern hemisphere: - Halloween (Ireland, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and other places)
  • Girl Scouts Founders Day (United States)

Events

  • 2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then.
  • 1943 – World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception by a United States Navy or Marine Corps aircraft.
  • 1941 – World War II: The destroyer USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 U.S. Navy sailors. It is the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII.
  • 1923 – The first of 160 consecutive days of 100° Fahrenheit at Marble Bar, Western Australia.
  • 1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile highway across United States.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army.
  • 1614 – First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy Bartholomew Fair by the Lady Elizabeth's Men company at the Hope Theatre in London.

Births

  • 1988 – Cole Aldrich, American basketball player
  • 1984 – Pat Murray, American football player
  • 1983 – Adam Bouska, American photographer and activist, founded the NOH8 Campaign
  • 1981 – Frank Iero, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1981 – Mike Napoli, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Steven Hunter, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Alondra de la Parra, Mexican-American pianist and conductor
  • 1980 – Eddie Kaye Thomas, American actor and voice artist
  • 1980 – Samaire Armstrong, American model, actress, and fashion designer
  • 1976 – Piper Perabo, American actress and producer
  • 1975 – Johnny Whitworth, American actor and producer
  • 1975 – Keith Jardine, American mixed martial artist and actor
  • 1974 – Roger Manganelli, Brazilian-American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1973 – Christopher Bevins, American voice actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1973 – David Dellucci, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1973 – Tim Byrdak, American baseball player
  • 1971 – Alphonso Ford, American basketball player (d. 2004)
  • 1968 – Antonio Davis, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Adam Schlesinger, American bass player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1967 – Vanilla Ice, American rapper, television personality, and real estate investor
  • 1966 – Ad-Rock, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1966 – Mike O'Malley, American actor and comedian
  • 1965 – Blue Edwards, American basketball player
  • 1964 – Frank Bruni, American journalist and critic
  • 1963 – Dermot Mulroney, American actor
  • 1963 – Rob Schneider, American actor and comedian
  • 1962 – Anna Geifman, American historian, author, and academic
  • 1962 – John Giannini, American basketball player and coach
  • 1962 – Jonathan Borden, American neurosurgeon and academic
  • 1961 – Alonzo Babers, American runner and pilot
  • 1961 – Kate Campbell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1960 – Mike Gallego, American baseball player and coach
  • 1959 – Neal Stephenson, American author
  • 1957 – Brian Stokes Mitchell, American singer and actor
  • 1957 – Robert Pollard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1956 – Bruce Bawer, American poet and critic
  • 1955 – Susan Orlean, American journalist and author
  • 1954 – Ken Wahl, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1953 – John Lucas II, American basketball player and coach
  • 1952 – Bernard Edwards, American bass player and producer (d. 1996)
  • 1952 – Joe West, American baseball umpire and actor
  • 1951 – Dave Trembley, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1951 – Nick Saban, American football player and coach
  • 1950 – Antonio Taguba, Filipino-American general
  • 1950 – Jane Pauley, American journalist
  • 1950 – Zaha Hadid, Iraqi-English architect and academic, designed the Bridge Pavilion (d. 2016)
  • 1947 – Deidre Hall, American actress
  • 1947 – Frank Shorter, American runner and sportscaster
  • 1945 – Brian Doyle-Murray, American actor and comedian
  • 1943 – Brian Piccolo, American football player (d. 1970)
  • 1943 – Elliott Forbes-Robinson, American race car driver
  • 1943 – Paul Frampton, English-American physicist and academic
  • 1941 – Dan Alderson, American scientist and academic (d. 1989)
  • 1941 – Sally Kirkland, American actress
  • 1941 – Werner Krieglstein, Czech-American philosopher and academic
  • 1940 – Craig Rodwell, American businessman and activist, founded the Oscar Wilde Bookshop (d. 1993)
  • 1939 – Ron Rifkin, American actor
  • 1936 – Michael Landon, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1991)
  • 1935 – Dale Brown, American basketball player and coach
  • 1935 – David Harvey, English-American geographer and academic
  • 1935 – Ronald Graham, American mathematician and theorist
  • 1931 – Dan Rather, American journalist
  • 1930 – Booker Ervin, American saxophonist (d. 1970)
  • 1930 – Michael Collins, American general, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1928 – Andrew Sarris, American critic and educator (d. 2012)
  • 1925 – John Pople, English-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2004)
  • 1925 – Lawrence A. Cremin, American historian and author (d. 1990)
  • 1925 – Robert B. Rheault, American colonel (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (d. 2005)
  • 1922 – Illinois Jacquet, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author (d. 2017)
  • 1918 – Ian Stevenson, American psychiatrist and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1917 – William H. McNeill, Canadian-American historian and author (d. 2016)
  • 1915 – Jane Jarvis, American pianist and composer (d. 2010)
  • 1912 – Dale Evans, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 2001)
  • 1912 – Ollie Johnston, American animator and voice actor (d. 2008)
  • 1907 – Edgar Sampson, American musician and composer (d. 1973)
  • 1902 – Julia Lee, American blues singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 1958)
  • 1896 – Ethel Waters, American singer and actress (d. 1977)
  • 1880 – Julia Peterkin, American author (d. 1961)
  • 1876 – Natalie Clifford Barney, American poet and playwright (d. 1972)
  • 1875 – Eugene Meyer, American businessman and publisher (d. 1954)
  • 1868 – John Weir Troy, American journalist and politician, 5th Governor of the Territory of Alaska (d. 1942)
  • 1860 – Juliette Gordon Low, American scout leader, founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (d. 1927)
  • 1856 – Charles Leroux, American balloonist and skydiver (d. 1889)
  • 1849 – Marie Louise Andrews, American story writer and journalist (d. 1891)
  • 1848 – Boston Custer, American soldier (d. 1876)
  • 1835 – Adelbert Ames, American general and politician, 27th Governor of Mississippi (d. 1933)
  • 1737 – James Lovell, American educator and politician (d. 1789)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Gus Savage, American businessman and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2014 – Brad Halsey, American baseball player (b. 1981)
  • 2014 – David Manker Abshire, American commander and diplomat, United States Permanent Representative to NATO (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – Michael Alsbury, American engineer and pilot (b. 1975)
  • 2013 – Bobby Parker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1937)
  • 2013 – Chris Chase, American actress and author (b. 1924)
  • 2013 – Johnny Kucks, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – John Fitch, American race car driver and engineer (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – John H. Reed, American soldier and politician, 67th Governor of Maine (b. 1921)
  • 2010 – Ted Sorensen, American lawyer, 8th White House Counsel (b. 1928)
  • 2009 – Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman, founded the Donington Grand Prix Exhibition (b. 1922)
  • 2008 – Studs Terkel, American historian and author (b. 1912)
  • 2005 – Hal Anger, American biophysicist and engineer (b. 1920)
  • 2003 – Richard Neustadt, American political scientist and historian (b. 1919)
  • 2000 – Ring Lardner, Jr., American journalist and screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 1995 – Rosalind Cash, American actress and singer (b. 1938)
  • 1993 – River Phoenix, American actor and singer (b. 1970)
  • 1991 – Joseph Papp, American stage director and producer (b. 1921)
  • 1988 – John Houseman, Romanian-born American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1902)
  • 1986 – Robert S. Mulliken, American physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • 1983 – George Halas, American football player and coach (b. 1895)
  • 1977 – C. B. Colby, American author and illustrator (b. 1904)
  • 1960 – H. L. Davis, American author and poet (b. 1894)
  • 1926 – Harry Houdini, American magician and stuntman (b. 1874)
  • 1916 – Charles Taze Russell, American minister (b. 1852)
  • 1879 – Jacob Abbott, American author and academic (b. 1803)
  • 1879 – Joseph Hooker, American general (b. 1814)
  • 1869 – Charles A. Wickliffe, American politician, 14th Governor of Kentucky (b. 1788)
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