What Happened on October 31

Historical Events

  • 1876 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed
  • 1918 Spanish Flu kills 21,000 people in the US in a single week
  • 2011 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations
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Oct 31 in Sport

  • 1987 American jockey Chris Antley becomes first rider to win 9 races in a day (4 at Aqueduct / 5 at The Meadowlands)

Did You Know?

World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine - "last successful cavalry charge in history" performed by the 4th Australian Light Horse

On October 31, 1917

Would You Believe?

Giacomo Casanova escapes from prison in Venice by climbing onto the roof

On October 31, 1756

Famous Weddings

  • 1396 Richard II of England (31) marries Isabella of Valois (6) in a dynastic marriage
  • 1791 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (18) marries Frederica of Baden (16) at Drottningholm Palace for the second time (1st by proxy) (divorced 1812)
  • 1913 Historian and philosopher Will Durant (27) weds researcher Ariel Kaufman (15) at New York's City Hall

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married
  • 1996 English-American actress Elizabeth Taylor's 8th (and final) divorce from American construction worker Larry Fortensky, after 5 years of marriage
  • 2011 Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

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