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Events for October 31

31-October-1843Tarkanath Gangopadhyay, first realistic social novelist of Bengal, was born.
31-October-1875Vallabhbhai Zaverbhai Patel, 'Iron man of India', was born at Nadiad, Gujarat. He was also the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. His father had served in the army of the Rani of Jhansi against Britishers.
31-October-1876Cyclone hits Bengal centered near Bakarganj (now in Banlgadesh), about 200,000 die.
31-October-1885St. Stephen's Hospital was opened. It was the first hospital for women and children at Delhi.
31-October-1895Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu, cricketer (India's 1st Test capt), born at Nagpur.
31-October-1919Jaikisan Harivallabhdas, great industrialist, was born.
31-October-1920Inaugural session of the All India Trade Union Congress was conducted in Bombay.
31-October-1955The Prime Minister inaugurated the Cooperative Milk Producers' Union factory at Anand, Gujarat.
31-October-1962Krishna Menon, Home Minister, resign due to attack by China.
31-October-1963Krishna Menon, resigned from the post of Defence Minister of India, due to Chinese attack.
31-October-1966Mihir Sen swam Panama Canal in 34 hours 15 minutes.
31-October-1975Sachin Dev Burman, famous music director, died.
31-October-1984Rajiv Gandhi sworn in as Prime Minister of India by Gyani Zail Singh, President of India, at New Delhi. He held this office till December 1, 1989.
31-October-1984Indira Gandhi, India's four-time prime minister, was gunned down by two members of her personal security guard as she walked from her home to her office in New Delhi. She died after four hours of emergency surgery. The only daughter of former Prime Minister Nehru was 66. Both of her attackers were identified as members of the Sikh religion. One was shot dead. The other was captured. Sikh extremists had threatened to kill Ms. Gandhi since she ordered the raid on their shrine in Amritsar. She had told an interviewer that she was not intimidated by the threats. 'I am not afraid,' she said. 'I am frequently attacked.'
31-October-1989Dr. A. P. Mukherjee became the director of Central Bureau of Investigation till 11/01/90.
31-October-1990Hindus flee Muslim prorsecution in Kashmir Valley.
31-October-1990Religious clashes between Hindus and Muslims leave more than 180 people dead.
31-October-1991Karsevaks' hoist flags on Masjid in Ayodhya.
31-October-199426 die as cyclone lashes Tamil Nadu.
31-October-1997Autonomous Prasar Bharati with enough muscle to get Government off its back is promised by Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Jaipal Reddy, while announcing changes to Prasar Bharati Act in New Delhi.
31-October-1997Balmiki Prasad Singh takes over as Union Home Secretary. He succeeds K. Padmanabhaiah.
31-October-1997Rushmi Chakravarthy makes it a double in the National hardcourt tennis in Mumbai.
31-October-1999Dr. S. S. Badrinath gets Dhanvantari Award.
31-October-1999Efforts to restore rail and telecom links on a war footing.
31-October-1999Shankar Dayal Sharma, former President, is conferred with the Indira Gandhi Award.
31-October-1999The Ram Janmabhoomi Trust president ends fast in support of his eight-point demands including improvement of 'puja' and 'darshan' arrangements of 'Ram Lala' at the temple.
31-October-2000Chhattisgarh, the 26th State of Indian Union, comes into existence with the swearing in of its Governor Dinesh Nandan Sahay and Chief Minister Ajit Jogi at a glittering function at Raipur.
31-October-2000The Income Tax Department 'indicts' five cricketers - Kapil Dev, Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Nikhil Chopra and Ajay Sharma - for tax evasion and concealment of income earned through ""dubious sources'

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