Today in History for 31st October 2021

Historical Events

1978 – Iranian oil workers go on strike
1982 – Pope John Paul II becomes first pontiff to visit Spain
1994 – American Eagle ATR-72 crash down at Gary, Indiana: 68 killed
1995 – American jam band Phish performs The Who’s “Quadrophenia” as a musical costume during a show at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois
1998 – Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
1999 РFinnish McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen wins season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka to clinch his second straight F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Irishman Eddie Irvine

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Famous Birthdays

1345 – Ferdinand I, King of Portugal (1367-83), born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1383)
1872 – James Hogan, Irish College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale), born in Glenbane, County Tipperary, Ireland (d. 1910)
1912 – Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney’s Nine Old Men, born in Palo Alto, California (d. 2008)
1941 – Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
1945 – (Russell Glyn) “Russ” Ballard, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Argent – “Liar”; “You Can Do Magic”), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England
1973 – Grigorios Georgatos, Greek footballer, born in Piraeus, Greece

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Famous Deaths

1926 – Harry Houdini [Erich Weisz], magician, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured
1950 – Jozef C Bittremieux, Flemish theologist, dies at 72
1984 – Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), assassinated by two of her bodyguards at 66
1991 – Johan Schmitz, actor (Gysbregt van Aemstel/Soldat van Orange), dies
1995 – Wallace Edward Rowling, Prime Minister of NZ (1974-1975), dies at 68
2009 – Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman and car collector (Donington Grand Prix Collection ), dies at 87

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