On this Day in History, October 31

October 31st! Most people are often psyched up and preparing for their Halloween plans, costumes, meals and games.

Besides the normal fun-filled celebrations that have been happening over the years, what do you know about this day in history? Check out some of the events that happened on this day in different years.

  • 1864 – Nevada became the 36th state to join the United States.
  • 1922 – Benito Mussolini became prime minister of Italy.
  • 1952 – America detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
  • 1954 – The Algerian National Liberation Front began a revolt against French rule.
  • 1955 – Princess Margaret of Britain, announced that she would not marry Royal Air Force Captain Peter Townsend.
  • 1961 –  400 people were killed in Hurricane Hattie, in British Honduras.
  • 1968 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a stop to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 1968 – The U.S. performed a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 1971 – The Irish Republican Army exploded a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London.
  • 1981 – Antiqua and Barbuda became independent of Great Britain.

  • 1982 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit Spain.
  • 1983 – The U.S. Defense Department acknowledged that a U.S. Navy plane had mistakenly bombed a civilian hospital during the U.S. led invasion of Grenada.
  • 1984 – Indira Gandhi, the first female prime minister of India, was assassinated near her residence by two Sikh security guards.
  • 1989 – France performed a nuclear test at Mururoa atoll.
  • 1993 – Rapper Tupac Shakur was charged with aggravated assault.
  • 1998 – Iraq announced that it was putting to an end all dealings with U.N. arms inspectors.
  • 2006 – P. W. Botha, the first state president of South Africa, died.
  • 2007 – Google shares hit $700 for the first time.
  • 2011 – The world’s official population reached Seven Billion.
  • 2019 – US House of Representatives voted to formalize impeachment proceedings against president Donald Trump

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