On This Day..... October 31

 

OCTOBER 31ST

  • TODAY IS HALLOWEEN
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL CARAMEL APPLE DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL KNOCK KNOCK JOKE DAY / NATIONAL DOORBELL DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • JOHN KEATS (1795-1821)
  • CHIANG KAI-SHEK (1887-1975)
 
  • DAN RATHER (1931, 87)
  • MICHAEL LANDON (1936-1991)
 
  • DAVID OGDEN STIERS (1942-2018)
  • DEIDRE HALL (1947, 71)
 
  • JANE PAULEY (1950, 68)
  • JOHN CANDY (1950-1994)
 
  • NICK SABAN (1951, 67)
  • DOC RIVERS (1961, 57)
 
  • LARRY MULLEN JR. (1961, 57)
  • PETER JACKSON (1961, 57)
 
  • DERMOT MULRONEY (1963, 55)
  • ROB SCHNEIDER (1963, 55)
 
  • ADAM HOROVITZ (BEASTIE BOYS’ AD-ROCK) (1966, 52)
  • MIKE O’MALLEY (1966, 52)
 
  • VANILLA ICE (1967, 51)
  • WILLOW SMITH (2000, 18)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN  1517, MARTIN LUTHER SENDS HIS 95 THESES TO THE ARCHBISHOP WHICH WOULD RESULT IN THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION
  • IN 1541, MICHAELANGELO FINISHES “THE LAST JUDGEMENT” IN THE SISTINE CHAPEL
  • IN 1846, THE DONNER PARTY ACCEPT THEY ARE UNABLE TO CROSS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AT DONNER PASS AND SET UP A CAMP FOR THE WINTER
  • IN 1864, NEVADA BECOMES THE 36TH U.S. STATE
 
  • IN 1892, ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE PUBLISHES “THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES”
  • IN 1908, THE 4TH OLYMPICS CLOSE IN LONDON
  • IN 1922, BENITO MUSSOLINI BECOMES THE PREMIER OF ITALY
  • IN 1926, 15 YEAR OLD ANTEO ZAMBONI ATTEMPTS TO ASSASSINATE BENITO MUSSOLINI. HE IS CAPTURED AND IMMEDIATELY LYNCHED
  • IN 1926, HARRY HOUDINI DIES OF A RUPTURED APPENDIX
 
  • IN 1938, THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE UNVEILS ITS “15 POINT PROGRAM” TO UPGRADE PROTECTION FOR INVESTORS DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION
  • IN 1940, THE FINAL POLISH JEWS ARE MOVED INTO THE WARSAW GHETTO
  • IN 1941, MOUTH RUSHMORE IS COMPLETED
  • IN 1950, PUERTO RICAN INDEPENDENCE ACTIVISTS OSCAR COLLAZO AND GRISELIO TORRESOLA ATTEMPT TO ASSASSINATE PRESIDENT TRUMAN AT THE BLAIR HOUSE WHERE HE IS RESIDING DURING A RENOVATION OF THE WHITE HOUSE
 
  • IN 1960, 10,000 PEOPLE DIE WHEN A CYCLONE HITS THE GULF OF BENGAL
  • IN 1961, A FEDERAL JUDGE RULES THAT BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA CANNOT ENFORCE ITS LAWS REQUIRING PLAYING FIELDS TO BE SEGREGATED
  • IN 1962, ROBERT ALDRICH RELEASES “WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?”
 
  • IN 1963, PRESIDENT KENNEDY MEETS WITH J. EDGAR HOOVER FOR THE LAST TIME
  • IN 1963, 64 PEOPLE ARE KILLED WHEN A PROPANE TANK BEGINS LEAKING DURING A PERFORMANCE OF “HOLIDAY ON ICE” IN INDIANA
  • IN 1964, BARBRA STREISAND GOES TO #1 WITH “PEOPLE” ON THE ALBUM CHART AND THE SUPREMES HIT #1 ON THE SINGLES CHART WITH “BABY LOVE”
 
  • IN 1964, RAY CHARLES IS ARRESTED AT LOGAN AIRPORT FOR HEROIN POSSESSION
  • IN 1968, PRESIDENT JOHNSON ORDERS AN IMMEDIATE END TO ALL BOMBING IN NORTH VIETNAM
  • IN 1968, 22 YEAR OLD DAVY JONES MARRIES LINDA HAINES
  • IN 1969, GEORGE HARRISON RELEASES “SOMETHING”
 
  • IN 1970, DONNIS HOPPER MARRIES MICHELLE PHILLIPS IN MEXICO
  • IN 1970, LED ZEPPELIN HITS #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “LED ZEPPELIN III”
  • IN 1974, LAURA AIME DISAPPEARS IN UTAH. SHE WOULD LATER BE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY TED BUNDY
 
  • IN 1974, AN 8 YEAR OLD BOY DIES AFTER EATING POISON LACED HALLOWEEN CANDY, SPARKING A NATIONWIDE CONCERN. THE BOY’S FATHER WAS LATER CONVICTED AND EXECUTED  FOR HIS MURDER AFTER IS WAS DISCOVERED HE HAD TAKEN OUT A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY ON HIS SON JUST BEFORE HIS DEATH
  • IN 1976, 19 YEAR OLD LARRY BIRD DIVORCES HIS HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART JANET CONDRA AFTER LESS THAN A YEAR OF MARRIAGE
 
  • IN 1980, 26 YEAR OLD AL SHARPTON MARRIES KATHY JORDAN
  • IN 1982, POPE JOHN PAUL II IS THE FIRST SITTING POPE TO VISIT SPAIN
  • IN 1983, PAUL MCCARTNEY RELEASES “PIPES OF PEACE”
  • IN 1984, INDIAN PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI IS ASSASSINATED BY HER OWN BODYGUARDS
  • IN 1986, ROGER WATERS SUES HIS FORMER BAND MATES TO KEEP THEM FROM USING THE NAME “PINK FLOYD” ON TOUR
 
  • IN 1987, A CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS THE CHILDREN’S CARTOON “MIGHTY MOUSE” WHEN SOME PEOPLE CLAIM IMAGES OF HIM SNIFFING COCAINE WERE SHOWN
  • IN 1989, THE FIRST “MTV UNPLUGGED” SPECIAL IS RECORDED FEATURING SQUEEZE
  • IN 1990, DURING A DOUBLE BILL CONCERT, BILLY IDOL DUMPS 600 DEAD FISH IN THE DRESSING ROOM OF TOUR MATES FAITH NO MORE. THE BAND RESPONDS BY WALKING OUT NAKED IN THE MIDDLE OF IDOL’S SET
 
  • IN 1992, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH REINSTATES GALILEO GALILEI AFTER HE WAS EXCOMMUNICATED 359 YEARS EARLIER FOR ASSERTING THAT THE WORLD IS ROUND
  • IN 1992, BOYZ II MEN HIT #1 WITH “END OF THE ROAD”
 
  • IN 1993, FEDERICO FELLINI DIES OF A STROKE AT 73
  • IN 1993, RIVER PHOENIX DIES OF A DRUG OVERDOSE AT 23
  • IN 1994, TLC RELEASES THEIR FIRST #1 SINGLE “CREEP”
 
  • IN 1994, 14 YEAR OLD VENUS WILLIAMS MAKES HER PROFESSIONAL TENNIS DEBUT
  • IN 1996, SLASH QUITS GUNS N ROSES OVER HIS INABILITY TO GET ALONG WITH AXL ROSE
  • IN 1999, EGYPT AIR FLIGHT 990 FROM NEW YORK TO CAIRO CRASHES OFF THE COAST OF NANTUCKET KILLING 217 PEOPLE
 
  • IN 2002, ENRON CFO ANDREW FASTON IS INDICTED ON 78 CHARGES INCLUDING WIRE FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING, CONSPIRACY AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
  • IN 2003, 13 YEAR OLD SURFER BETHANY HAMILTON HAS HER ARM BITTEN OFF BY A SHARK
  • IN 2010, AMC DEBUTS “THE WALKING DEAD”
 
  • IN 2011, THE WORLD PASSES 7 BILLION PEOPLE IN POPULATION
  • IN 2011, KIM KARDASHIAN DIVORCES KRIS HUMPHRIES AFTER 72 DAYS OF MARRIAGE
  • IN 2013, THE ESTATE OF MARVIN GAYE SUE ROBIN THICKE CLAIMING THAT HIS HIT SONG “BLURRED LINES” STOLE ELEMENTS OF GAYE’S “GOT TO GIVE IT UP”
 
  • IN 2015, ONE DIRECTION PLAYS THEIR FINAL CONCERT TOGETHER BEFORE THEIR “EXTENDED BREAK”
  • IN 2017, CHIEF OF STAFF JOHN KELLY IS CRITICIZED FOR SAYING “LACK OF AN ABILITY TO COMPROMISE LED TO THE CIVIL WAR”
  • IN 2017, A TRUCK MOWS DOWN A BICYCLE LANE IN NEW YORK CITY KILLING 8 AND INJURING ANOTHER 10 PEOPLE
  •  IN 2017, TAKAHIRO SHIRAISHI IS ARRESTED IN ZAMA, JAPAN AFTER NINE MISSING PEOPLE ARE FOUND DEAD AND DISMEMBERED IN HIS APARTMENT
 

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