Sunday, October 28, 2007

Not just for booing

The date October 31st usually conjures up thoughts of Pumpkins and kids trick or treating and witches and ghosts however to many people in this world today and in the past this day has and will always hold a "special" meaning. I was going to do something different but decided to post it on my "new" blog, Millions of Pennies, a much lighter blog, but this was appropriate for here, so.......

For instance:

On March 24th 1874, Ehrich Weiss was born in Budapest. Ehrich went on to become Harry Houdini, the "king of handcuffs" and died on October 31st 1926.

On October 31st, 1795, British poet, John Keats was born.

We all know Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India who was assassinated on October 31st, 1984.
After 14 years of work, on October 31st, 1941, the four presidential faces of Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota were completed. Pictures do it no justice, the enormity of it is breathtaking.

Dan Rather, American television journalist was born on October 31st, 1931.

Born River Jude Bottoms on August 23rd, 1970, actor River Phoenix died on October 31st, 1993 outside of Los Angeles' famous Viper Room.

On October 31st, 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes".

On October 31st, 1961 in the Soviet Union, then Russia, Joseph Stalins body was removed from Lenins Mausoleum where it had been entombed.

One of Queens biggest hits, "Bohemian Rhapsody", was released on October 31st, 1975. (one of my personal favorites; shit I'm old!)

In 1864, October 31st to be exact, Nevada was admitted as the 36th U.S. State.

American Singer/Actress, Dale Evans was born on October 31st, 1912 and died in 2001.

Born in Rimini, Italy on January 20th, 1920, Italian film director, screenwriter and actor, Federico Fellini died on October 31st, 1993.

On October 31st, 1998, the Iraqi disarmament began.

A federal grand jury indicted Andrew Fastow, CFO of Enron Corporation on 78 counts of money laundering, fraud and the like on October 31st, 2002.

Vanilla Ice, American rap artist was born on October 31st, 1968.

These are just some of the many births, deaths and events that occurred on this spookiest of all spooky days. Some were tricks, some were treats and some just should never have happened. Have a Happy!!....................................DS


paisley said...

wow.. quite an eventful day in history.... if deathdays are celebrated in the great beyond... what a party that must be!!!!!

Mark Dykeman said...

Dan Rather, eh? Maybe he's a changeling pretending to be a human, which is why he comes out with such bloody weird expressions.