Monday, February 26, 2024

Once Upon A Time – October 31 – 1756 – Giacomo Casanova Escapes From Prison In Venice By Climbing Onto The Roof

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

More Historical Events

Oct 31 In Film & Tv

1962 “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” horror film released directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, based on novel by Henry Farrell

Oct 31 In Film & TV

1964 Barbra Streisand’s “People” album goes #1 for 5 weeks

Oct 31 In Sport

1987 American jockey Chris Antley becomes first rider to win 9 races in a day (4 at Aqueduct / 5 at The Meadowlands)

Oct 31 In Sport

1917 World War I: Battle of Beersheba in southern Palestine – “last successful cavalry charge in history” performed by the 4th Australian Light Horse


1756 Giacomo Casanova escapes from prison in Venice by climbing onto the roof

Famous Weddings

1396 Richard II of England (31) marries Isabella of Valois (6) in a dynastic marriage

1791 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (18) marries Frederica of Baden (16) at Drottningholm Palace for the second time (1st by proxy) (divorced 1812)

1913 Historian and philosopher Will Durant (27) weds researcher Ariel Kaufman (15) at New York’s City Hall

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