On This Day In History, 31 October

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World Events Today

  • The Italian politician Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy today in 1922
  • The Battle of Britain of World War II, in which the Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom against large-scale attacks by the Nazi German air force, the Luftwaffe, officially ended today in 1940 after almost 4 months of fighting
  • Today in 2011 is known as the “Day of Seven Billion”, the official date the world’s population reached seven billion

Entertainment Events Today

  • The psychological horror movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, was released today in 1962, it was nominated for 5 Academy Awards
  • The American tennis player Venus Williams turned professional today in 1994, she was just 14 years old at the time
  • The Finnish racing driver Mika Häkkinen won the Japanese Grand Prix today in 1999, it made him Drivers’ Champion for that year

Family Events Today

  • Erik Weisz, better known as the famous escape artist Harry Houdini, died today in 1926 aged 52
  • The Canadian actor John Candy, who starred in many movies, including Cool Runnings and Uncle Buck, was born today in 1950 in Ontario
  • The American actor River Phoenix, who starred in many movies, including Stand by Me and Running on Empty, died of a drug overdose today in 1993 aged 23

Main Event Today

  • Today is known as Halloween, as well as All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve, a celebration observed in several countries dedicated to remembering the dead

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Caramel Apple Day

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