On Your Birthday: October 31



1864 – Nevada was admitted as the 36th U.S. state.

1868 – A standard uniform for postal carriers is approved by Postmaster General Alexander Williams Randall.

1926 – Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. His appendix had been damaged twelve days earlier when he had been punched in the stomach unexpectedly by a student. During a lecture Houdini had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and how he had the ability to withstand hard blows.

1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota was declared finished. At the time the 60-foot busts of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were declared done as funding for the project ran out.

1952 – The U.S. detonated its first hydrogen bomb.

1956 – Rear Admiral G.J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole. Dufek also became the first person to set foot on the South Pole.

1969 – Wal-Mart Discount City stores were incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

2000 – In a deal with German media giant Bertelsmann, Napster agrees to charge fees to download music over the Internet.

2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launched, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station.

2001 – Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department reached a tentative agreement to settle the antitrust case against the software company.

2002 – A federal grand jury in Houston, TX, indicts former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

2005 – The iTunes Music Store reached 1 million videos sold.

2007 – Google shares hit $700 for the first time.

2008 – Distribution Video Audio, Inc. shipped its final shipment of VHS tapes to stores. The company was the last major United States supplier of pre-recorded VHS tapes.

2011 – The global population of humans reached seven billion. The day is now recognized by the United Nations as Seven Billion Day.

2014 – Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert during a test flight.



Lee Grant 1925 – Actress (“Detective Story”, “Valley of the Dolls”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Shampoo”, TV’s “Peyton Place”)

Michael Collins 1930 – Astronaut

Dan Rather 1931- Broadcast journalist (TV’s “CBS Evening News”)

Ron Rifkin 1939- Actor (TV’s “Alias”, “Brothers & Sisters”)

Otis Williams 1941 – Singer (The Temptations)

Sally Kirkland 1941 – Actress (“Anna”, “EdTV”, “Mothers and Daughters”, “A-List”)

David Ogden Stiers 1942 – Actor (TV’s “M*A*S*H”, “The Dead Zone”, voice in movies “Beauty & the Beast”, “Pocohontas”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Lilo and Stitch”)

Brian Doyle-Murray 1945 – Actor (“Caddyshack”, “Scrooged”, “Ghostbusters II”, “The Razor’s Edge”, “Groundhog Day”, TV’s “The Middle”)

Stephen Rea 1946 – Actor (“The Crying Game”, “Citizen X”, “Still Crazy”, “V for Vendetta”, “The End of the Affair”)

Deidre Hall 1947 – Actress (TV’s “Days of Our Lives”)

Jane Pauley 1950 – Broadcast journalist (TV’s “CBS Sunday Morning”, “Today”, “Dateline NBC”)

Lynda Goodfriend 1953 – Actress (TV’s “Happy Days”, “Blansky’s Beauties”)

Peter Jackson 1961 – Director (“Lord of the Rings” movies, “Heavenly Creatures”)

Larry Mullen Jr. 1961 – Musician (U2)

Dermont Mulroney 1963 – Actor (“About Schmidt”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, “Longtime Companion”, “Young Guns”)

Rob Schneider 1963 – Actor, comedian (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”, movies “Grown Ups”, “Deuce Bigelow” movies, “The Hot Chick”)

Adam Horovitz 1966 – Musician (King Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys)

Mike O’Malley 1966 – Actor (TV’s “Glee”, “Yes, Dear”)

Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) 1967 – Musician

Piper Perabo 1976 – Actress (“Looper”, “The Prestige”, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, “Coyote Ugly”, “Cheaper by the Dozen” movies, TV’s “Covert Affairs”)

Eddie Kaye Thomas 1980 – Actor (TV’s “‘Til Death”, movies “American Pie” movies, “Freddy Got Fingered”, “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle”)

Willow Smith 2000 – Singer, actress (“Kit Kittridge: An American Girl”, “I Am Legend”, TV’s “True Jackson”, “VP”)



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