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Births on this Day
  • 1755-10-31 - Jean Louis van Aelbroeck: Flemish agronomist
  • 1757-10-31 - Ignaz Spangler: Composer
  • 1761-10-31 - Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck: Dutch patriot / Earl / Grand Pensionary
  • 1785-10-31 - George F Kersting: German painter
  • 1791-10-31 - Ferdinand Huber: Composer
  • 1795-10-31 - John Keats: London, England -- Romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn)
  • 1815-10-31 - Karl Weierstrass: Germany -- Mathematician (theory of functions)
 

Deaths on this Day
  • 1793-10-31 - Pierre V Vergniaud: French politician / police leader, guillotined at 40
  • 1806-10-31 - Sophie Mereau: Writer, dies at 36
  • 1815-10-31 - Daniel Belknap: Composer, dies at 44
  • 1851-10-31 - Peter II Petrovic Njegos: Bishop of Montenegro (1830-51), dies at 37
  • 1860-10-31 - Johan Nathan: Murderer, hanged
  • 1863-10-31 - Louis Ludwig Blenker: German / US Brigadier General (Union), dies at 51
  • 1865-10-31 - William Parson: 3rd Earl of Rosse and maker of large telescopes
 

Events on this Day
  • 1793-10-31 - Execution of Girondins at Paris, during Reign of Terror
  • 1808-10-31 - Holland Brigade battle at Durango, Spain
  • 1815-10-31 - Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner's safety lamp
  • 1837-10-31 - Collision of river boat Monmouth and Trement on Miss; 300 die
  • 1846-10-31 - Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp
  • 1864-10-31 - Nevada admitted as 36th state
  • 1868-10-31 - Standard uniform approved for postal carriers
 

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