1926 – Jimmy Savile the English radio and television host was born on the 31st October 1926 (died 2011).
1955 ~ Ruby Hunter the Australian singer and songwriter was born on the banks of the Murray River in South Australia on the 31st October 1955 (died 2010 aged 54). Ruby Hunter was a member of the Ngarrindjeri nation of Aboriginal tribes, and often performed with her partner Archie Roach, whom both met as homeless teenagers. Ruby was forcibly taken from her family at the age of 8 as part of the Stolen Generation. Ruby Hunter received two ARIA Award nominations, for Best Indigenous Release for Thoughts Within (1995), and Best Blues & Roots Album for Feeling Good (2000).
1999 – EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on the 31st October 1999, killing all 217 people on board.
2000 – Willow Smith the American actress and singer was born on the 31st October 2000.
2003 ~ Bethany Hamilton the American 13 year old professional surfer had her left arm bitten off by a 14 to 15 foot tiger shark on the 31st October 2003, while having a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with her best friend Alana Blanchard, her father and brother. Bethany overcame the injury and returned to professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In 2011 the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book.
1998 – HURRiCANE MiTCHmade landfall in Honduras on the 29th October 1998. Hurricane Mitch was the 2nd deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, with 19,325 people killed. It was the most powerful and destructive hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, with winds of 285 km/h (180 mph). Hurricane Mitch matched the 4th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record as of 1998. Mitch struck Florida as a strong tropical storm. The hurricane left 2.7 million people homeless, and a damage bill of over $6 billion.
2008 – Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest Airlines on the 29th October 2008, which created the world’s largest airline and reduced the number of US legacy carriers to 5.
2012 ~ HURRiCANE SANDYaka SUPERSTORM SANDY, the devastating tropical cyclonemade landfall at New Jerseyon the coastline of America’s north-east on the 29th October 2012. Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record, with winds spanning 1,800 km (1,100 miles), and affected at least 24 states, from Florida to New England. Sandy brought a destructive storm surge to New York City, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines in Lower Manhattan. Massive destruction occurred along the Jersey Shore in New Jersey. Estimations suggest the damage bill will be over $52 billion, which would rank Sandy in the top 5 most destructive hurricanes of all time. Super Storm Sandy caused 193 deaths.
ABC News has presented some Superstorm Sandy interactive before & after photos. The interactive images on the ABC.net.au website show the parts of the New Jersey coastline damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in a before and after format, by hovering your mouse over each satellite photo. Visit the ABC News Superstorm Sandy interactive before & after photo sliders to see the damage done to Casino Pier, Breakwater Beach Park, Ortley Beach, Mantoloking, Brielle, Ocean City, Brick township, Playland’s Castaway Cove, Gillian’s Island Water Park, Ocean City coastline and Longport coastline in New Jersey..
1892 ~ CHARLES-ÉMiLE REYNAUD projected the 1st ANiMATED CARTOON FiLM to the public, Pauvre Pierrot(aka Poor Pete) at the Musée Grévin (waxwork museum) in Paris, France, on the 28th October 1892. Reynaud created the Praxinoscope in 1877 and the Théâtre Optique in 1888, which was seen for the first time in a public performance, in the show, billed as Pantomimes Lumineuses, which included 3 cartoons, Pauvre Pierrot, Un bon bock, and Le Clown et ses chiens, each consisting of 500 to 600 individually painted images (= 15 minute duration). Reynaud was the projectionist, and accompanied by a piano player. The show remained at the Musée Grévin until 1900, and was seen by over 500,000 people.
1909 – Francis Bacon the Irish painter was born on the 28th October in 1909 (d. 1992).
1927 – Cleo Laine the British singer was born on the 28th October in 1927.
1936 – Charlie Daniels the American musician was born on the 28th October in 1936.
1941 – Hank Marvin the English guitarist was born on the 28th October in 1941.
1955 – BiLL GATES the American software executive was born on the 28th October in 1955. Bill Gates is an American business magnate and philanthropist. He is the current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen. Bill Gates is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people, and was ranked the World’s wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked 3rd. In 2011, Bill Gates was the wealthiest American and the 2nd wealthiest person.
1956 – Volker Zotz the Austrian philosopher was born on the 28th October in 1956.
1967 – Julia Roberts the American actress was born on the 28th October in 1967.
1971 – The Prospero satellite was launched on the 28th October in 1971, the only British satellite to date launched by British rocket. Prospero was launched into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket.
1987 ~ Frank Oceanaka Christopher Oceanthe American singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana was born Christopher Breaux on the 28th October in 1987.
1803 – Joseph Hansom the English architect and inventor was born on the 26th October 1803 (d. 1882). Joseph Hansom invented the Hansom cab, and was one of the founders of The Builder architectural journal in 1843.
1861 – The Pony Express officially ceased operation on the 26th October 1861.
1967 – Keith Urban the New Zealand born Australian country music singer was born on the 26th October 1967.
1973 – Seth MacFarlane the American animator was born on the 26th October 1973. Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator of Family Guy (1999 to present) and co-creator of American Dad! (2005 to present) and The Cleveland Show (2009 to present), for which he also voices many of the shows’ various characters.
1981 – Guy Sebastian the Australian singer was born on the 26th October 1981.
1992 – The London Ambulance Service was thrown into chaos after the implementation of a new CAD system (Computer Aided Dispatch system) which failed on the 26th October 1992. Media reports claimed that up to 30 people may have died as a result of the chaos.
2010 ~ Downton Abbey the British period drama television series was first broadcast on the 26th September 2010. Official website: www.itv.com/DowntonAbbey | YouTube video: Downton Abbey Series 3 Trailer…
2012 ~ The DANiEL MORCOMBE FOUNDATiON held the 8th Walk for Daniel on the 26th October 2012. DAY FOR DANiEL continues to grow on a National scale, and is recognised as Australia’s largest participation event of its type. The day focuses on Child Safety Awareness. Day For Daniel is organized by Daniel’s parents Denise and Bruce Morcombe, following the tragic abduction and suspected murder of their 13 year old son Daniel in December 2003. The Daniel Morecomb Foundation’s aim is to make the world a safer place for children. Visit www.DayForDaniel.com.au for more details…
1825 – Johann Strauss II the Austrian composer was born on the 25th October 1825 (d. 1899).
1881 ~ Pablo Picasso the Spanish painter and sculptor was born in Málaga, Spain on the 25th October 1881 (died 8 April 1973 aged 91). Picasso official website: www.Picasso.fr | YouTube video: The Power of Art – Picasso (complete episode)…
1898 ~ Karl Anton the German film director, screenwriter and film producer was born in Prague, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the 25th October 1898 (died in Berlin 12th April 1979). Karl Anton directed 58 films between 1922 and 1960.
1939 – Fred Marcellino the American illustrator was born on the 25th October 1939 (d. 2001).
1941 – Helen Reddy the Australian singer was born on the 25th October 1941.
1944 – Jon Anderson the English singer from Yes was born on the 25th October 1944.
1830 – Marianne North the English painter was born on the 24th October 1830 (died 1890).
1838 ~ Annie Edson Taylor the American adventurer was born on the 24th October 1838 (died 1921). Annie Edson Taylor is best known for celebrating her 63rd birthday on the 24th October 1901, by becoming the 1st person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
1949 – Würzel the English singer and guitarist from Motörhead was born on the 23rd October 1949 (died 2011).
1956 – Dwight Yoakam the American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor was born on the 23rd October 1956.
1958 – The Smurfs appeared for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs, on the 23rd October 1958, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo which was featured in the weekly comic magazine Spirou.
1959 – “Weird Al” Yankovic the American singer-songwriter and comedian was born on the 23rd October 1959.
1970 – Gary Gabelich set a land speed record in a rocket-powered automobile called the Blue Flame on the 23rd October 1970, fueled with natural gas.
1985 ~ Miguel the American recording artist and songwriter was born Miguel Jontel Pimentel on the 23rd October 1985.