What Happened on October 31

Significant Events

  • 1517 Martin Luther sends his 95 Theses to Albrecht von Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, precipitating the Protestant Reformation
  • 1541 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting "The Last Judgement" in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
  • 1876 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed
  • 1917 World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine - "last successful cavalry charge in history" performed by the 4th Australian Light Horse
  • 1918 Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in 1 week
  • 2011 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations
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October 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?

Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

On October 31, 1892

Would You Believe?

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

On October 31, 1756

Famous Weddings

  • 1913 Historian and philosopher Will Durant (27) weds researcher Ariel Kaufman (15) at New York's City Hall
  • 1968 Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines
  • 1970 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (34) weds singer Michelle Phillips (26) in Mexico

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married
  • 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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