Today in History for 31st October 2018

Historical Events

1868 – Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers
1906 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra” premieres in NYC
1908 – 4th Olympic games ends in London
1960 – Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 10,000 die
1992 – Don Keller makes his 18,000th sky dive
2015 – Russian airliner crashes killing all 224 on board in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt – Russia’s worst air disaster

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Famous Birthdays

1345 – Ferdinand I, King of Portugal (1367-83), born in Coimbra, Portugal (d. 1383)
1920 – Fritz Walter, German footballer, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany (d. 2002)
1925 – John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), born in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England (d. 2004)
1939 – Ron Rifkin, American actor (Arvin Sloane-Alias, L.A. Confidential), born in NYC, New York
1949 – Bob Siebenberg, American rocker (Supertramp), born in Glendale, California
1976 – Piper Perabo, American actress (Covert Affairs), born in Dallas, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1723 – Cosimo III de’ Medici, monarch of Florence (1670-1723), dies at 81
1883 – Swami Dayananda Saraswati, founder of Arya Samaj
1918 – Egon Schiele, Austrian painter and graphic artist, dies at 28
1929 – António José de Almeida, Portuguese politician and 6th President of Portugal (b. 1866)
1964 – Theodore C Freeman, astronaut, dies at 34 in a T-38 jet air crash
2000 – Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)

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