On This Day

What Happened on October 31, 1917

Historical Events

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Eugene O'Neill's play "In the Zone" premieres in NYC

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
  • 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 cricket fast bowler and soldier (21 Tests, 49 wickets), dies in world's last successful cavalry charge, 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba at 33
1917 Highlights

About October 31, 1917

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 103 years, 11 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Scorpio