Born on this Day 31st October
1936 Michael Landon
1950 John Candy
1920 Dick Francis
1930 Mike Collins
1940 Tom O’Connor
1945 Barry Keefe
1946 Michael Kitchen
1966 Adam(Ad Rock) Horovitz
1970 Terry Alderton
1971 Ian Walker
1972 Matt Dawson
1973 Paul Abrahams
1974 Muzzy Izzet
Died On This Day
1926 Harry Houdini
1993 River Phoenix
2001 William Le Sage
1970 Michelle Phillips, formerly of The Mamas and Papas married actor Dennis Hopper.
1975 Queen released their 3rd single ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which would prove to be their biggest seller.
1998 ‘ Believe’ by Cher was at No.1 in the UK for 7 weeks, went double platinum and was later voted single of the year.
1982 Martina Navratilova won the final of the women’s singles in the Daihatsu tournament at the Brighton centre against Chris Lloyd in just 62 minutes.
1983 Long distance runner Ron Grant completed a 10,364 mile journey around Australia in 217 days, wearing out 14 pairs of shoes.
1991 British boxer Michael Watson, in a coma since his fight with Chris Eubank, stirred but remained unconscious.
People & Showbiz
1961 The Sindy doll was launched in the UK by Pedigree toys.
1984 Freddie Kruger was born when Wes Craven’s ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ received its premier in the US.
1914 The first trenches of WW1 were dug in France near the Swiss border.
1922 Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister and dictator of Italy .
1940 The Battle of Britain ended.
1951 Zebra crossings came into effect in Britain. The first was positioned in Slough, Berkshire.
1971 An IRA bomb exploded at the top of the Post Office Tower, London.
1984 Prime Minister Indira Ghandi was assassinated in Delhi by members of her bodyguard on her way to meet Peter Ustinov about making a documentary of her life story.
1988 Coventry became Britain’s first city to introduce a by-law banning the drinking of alcohol in public places.