October 31st History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
October 31st History Highlights
October 31st is…
Books for Treats Day
Caramel Apple Day
Halloween/All Hallows’ Eve
Knock Knock Jokes Day
World Savings Day
World Cities Day
October 31st Birthday Quotes
“To stay youthful, stay useful.”
Q: What were you thinking when your colleagues were out there making cosmic history?
“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.”
“We live in the present, we dream of the future and we learn eternal truths from the past.”
“There are a lot of things in this world that are more important than being popular. Being true to yourself is one of them.”
October 31st Birthdays
1632 – Johannes Vermeer, Dutch painter (died in 1675)
October 31st History
83 – During the second Second Islamic Civil War and the Siege of Mecca, the Kaaba caught fire and burned down.
October 31, 1492 (fiction) Sir Nicholas Mimsy-Porpington was beheaded, Harry Potter
1517 – Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
October 31, 1693 (fiction) The Sanderon Sisters, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, were found guilty of witchcraft and hanged, Hocus Pocus, Film
1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. It was the first automobile highway going across the United States.
1926 – Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured (after an unexpected punch to the stomach a few days earlier).
1941 – Mount Rushmore was completed, featuring the sculpted head of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
1964 – #1 Hit October 31, 1964 – November 27, 1964: The Supremes – Baby Love
1968 – “October Surprise” – Just before the US elections, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he had ordered a complete cessation of “all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam” effective November 1.
1969 – Wal-mart incorporated in Arkansas.
October 31, 1981 (fiction) RIP Lily and James Potter, killed by Voldemort, Harry Potter
1987 – Based on Boston, Popular radio program Car Talk premiered on National Public Radio
1991 – Are You Afraid of The Dark premiered on Nickelodeon
1998 – WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin became one of the first high-definition broadcasts in digital television.
2011 – Today is the date that there were 7 billion people living on Earth.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
“We hope or despair because of the way we’ve been programmed. Genes and randomness, that’s all there is and none of it matters.” – Mark Wiener in Palindromes #moviequotes
April 1st and October 31st must be the worst two days of the year to have a serious workplace accident.
Teller (of the magic act Penn & Teller) has legally changed his full name to just “Teller” and has a passport in that name.
“Attica! Attica!” – Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino)
The 2nd richest man in history was Augustus Caesar, with an estimated net worth of about $4.6 Trillion (today’s dollars, after inflation), about 25% of the world’s economic output then.
“You had me at ‘hello.'” – Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) #moviequotes
“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” – Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in Network, 1976
There should be an ER style medical drama about Umpa-Lumpas always saving the children Willy Wonka has ‘accidentally’ mutilated.
Blond hair in humans developed only 11,000 years ago as an evolutionary response to the lack of sunlight in Northern Europe to enable more Vitamin D synthesis.
A group of people who perform in a variety of shows or plays is called a Company.
The blinking light atop the Capitol Records Building spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code, and has done so since the building’s opening in 1956.
Useless Pronunciation: G as in gee
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