October 31 Today In History

Important Events

1517 Martin Luther sends his 95 Theses to Albrecht von Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, precipitating The Protestant Reformation

1541 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting “The Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

1876 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed

1918 Spanish Flu kills 21,000 people in the US in a single week

2011 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations

Today’s Historical Events

1949 WOC (now KWQC) TV channel 6 in Davenport, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast

1953 TV broadcasting begins in Belgium

1954 KREM TV channel 2 in Spokane, WA (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1887 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral work “Capriccio Espagnol” premieres in St Petersburg

1949 “Regina” opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 86 performances

1957 “Jamaica” opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 558 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1888 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre

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Important Events

  • 1876 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed
  • 1918 Spanish Flu kills 21,000 people in the US in a single week
  • 2011 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations