On This Day

What Happened on October 31, 1917

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Eugene O'Neill's "In the Zone" premieres in NYC
  • World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine - "last successful cavalry charge in history" performed by the 4th Australian Light Horse

Famous Birthdays

  • Erik Routley, English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist, born in England (d. 1982)
  • William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)

Famous Deaths

  • Tibby Cotter, Australian cricketer and fast bowler (49 wickets for Australia) and member of the 12th Regiment who captured Beersheba in the world's last successful cavalry charge, dies at 33