This Day in History on 31 October

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 31 October. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

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)

Futher Reading

Month-wise This Day in History