Monday, October 31, 2011

THE HISTORY OF OCTOBER 31

THE HISTORY OF OCTOBER 31
WORLD EVENTS
Today is National Candy Apple Day
1803  Congress ratified the Louisiana Purchase – eventually added 13 new states to the country
1864  Nevada became the 36th state
1868  Postmaster General Randall approved a standard uniform for postal workers
1873  The International Peace Bridge across the Niagara River between Buffalo and Ft. Erie, Canada was completed
1912  Actress/cowgirl Dale Evans was born
1926  Magician Harry Houdini died from a ruptured appendix
1931  News anchor Dan Rather was born
1937  Actor Michael Landon was born – “Bonanza”
1941  Mt. Rushmore was dedicated – construction had taken 14 years of work resulting in 60 foot busts of Washington. Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt
1941  US Navy destroyer, Reuben James, was torpedoed by a German sub – the US had not yet entered the war
1950  News woman Jane Pauley was born
1956  The first American to land a plane on the South pole – Rear Admiral G.J. Dufek
1956  The British and French began to bomb Egypt to reopen the Suez Canal
1959  Lee Harvey Oswald announced in Moscow that he would never return to the United States
1967  Rapper Vanilla Ice was born
1968  President Johnson announced a halt to all bombing in Vietnam
1984  Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence in India by two of her Sikh bodyguards
1993  Actor River Phoenix died at age 23 after collapsing outside the Viper Room in Hollywood
1998  Iraq announced that it was halting all dealings with the United Nations arms inspectors
1999  Egyptian flight 990 crashed off the coast of Nantucket, Ma. killing all 217 aboard
2005  Samuel Alito was nominated as the replacement for the retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
SPORTS HISTORY ON OCTOBER 31
2005  Red Sox GM Theo Epstein resigns – will return
2001  NYY beat Arizona on Derek Jeter’s bottom of the 10th
1989  Lenny Wilkens gets his 1st NBA coaching win
1987  1st jockey to win 9 races in a day – Chris Antley – 4 at Aqueduct and 5 at Monmouth
1983  Football pioneer George Halas died at age 88
1979  Mike Flanagan of Baltimore wins AL Cy Young – 23-9, 3.08 ERA – never won more than 16 in his next 15 seasons
1973  Tom Seaver wins the NL Cy Young – 1st pitcher to win it that did not have at least 20 wins – 19-10, 2.08 ERA, 18 complete games, 251 strikeouts
1972  Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young – 24-16, 1.92 ERA, 29 complete games
1967  Mike McCormick of Giants wins NL Cy Young – 20-10, 2.85 ERA, 14 complete games – never won more than 15 in his next 16 year career
1943  Washington Redskins Sammy Baugh passes for 6 TDs in a game
# 1 SONGS ON OCTOBER 31
1961  Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
1963  Sugar Shack – Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
1964  Baby Love – The Supremes
1965  Get Off of My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
1966  Last Train to Clarksville – The Monkees
1967  To Sir, With Love - Lulu
1968  Hey Jude –The Beatles
1969  Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
1970  I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
1971  Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
1972  I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
1973  Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
1975  Island Girl – Elton John
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1980  Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand
1982  Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
1983  Islands in the Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
1984  Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) – Billy Ocean
1985  Saving All My Love for You – Whitney Houston
1986  True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
1987  Bad – Michael Jackson
1988  Kokomo – The Beach Boys
1990  Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
1992  End of the Road – Boyz II Men
1993  I’d Do Anything for Love – Meat Loaf
1994  I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
1995  Fantasy – Mariah Carey
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio       
1997  Candle in the Wind (1997) – Elton John
1999  Smooth – Santana with Rob Thomas

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