On This Day 31 October

Important Days

National Unity Day (India)

Important Events

1903 – The Purdue Wreck, a railroad train collision in Indianapolis, kills 17 people, including 14 players of the Purdue University football team.

1913 – The Indianapolis Streetcar Strike and subsequent riot begins.

1963 – A propane tank explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now the Indiana Farmers Coliseum) in Indianapolis kills 74 people and injures another 400 during an ice skating show.

1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and other cities and around 3,000 Sikhs are killed.

1994 – American Eagle Flight 4184 crashes near Roselawn, Indiana killing all 68 people on board.[1]

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1858 – Saint Geevarghese Mar Dionysius of Vattasseril, Indian Orthodox Saint (d. 1934)

1875 – Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian lawyer, freedom fighter and politician, 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India (d. 1950)

Death/ Death Anniversary

1929 – Norman Pritchard, Indian-English hurdler and actor (b. 1877)

1975 – Sachin Dev Burman, Indian composer and singer (b. 1906)

1984 – Indira Gandhi, Indian politician, 3rd Prime Minister of India (b. 1917)

2005 – Amrita Pritam, Indian author and poet (b. 1919)