On This Day

October 31, 2014 07:08 GMT

On October 31st, 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.

In 1970, singer Michelle Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas married actor Dennis Hopper. They divorced after eight days.

In 1986, Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters filed suit in London to dissolve Pink Floyd and retain the rights to the name. The other members of the band were granted temporary rights to the name and later full rights.

In 1988, actor John Houseman died at the age of 96 in Malibu, California. He's probably best known for his work on "The Paper Chase."

Also in 1988, singer Debbie Gibson held a seance at her Halloween party to contact Liberace (lih-ber-AH'-chee) and Sid Vicious.

In 1991, Joseph Papp, the producer who brought "A Chorus Line" to Broadway, died in New York. He was 70.

In 1993, movie director Federico Fellini died in Rome at age 73.

Also in 1993, actor River Phoenix died after collapsing outside a Los Angeles nightclub. He was 23.

In 1996, Elizabeth Taylor's divorce from Larry Fortensky was finalized.

In 1997, more than 200 counterfeit tickets were confiscated when Jane's Addiction reunited for a show in New York. Hundreds of fans were turned away, and refunds were given to legitimate ticketholders.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Lee Grant is 89. Anchorman Dan Rather is 83. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 77. Actor Ron Rifkin ("Alias") is 76. Actress Sally Kirkland is 73. Actor David Ogden Stiers ("MASH") is 72. Actress Deidre Hall ("Days Of Our Lives") is 66. NBC anchorwoman Jane Pauley is 64. Director Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings") is 53. Drummer Larry Mullen of U2 is 53. Guitarist Johnny Marr of Modest Mouse (and The Smiths) is 51. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 51. Drummer Mikkey Dee of Motorhead is 51. Country singer Darryl Worley is 50. Actor Rob Schneider is 50. Actor Mike O'Malley ("Glee") is 49. Guitarist Adrock of the Beastie Boys is 48. Musician Adam Schelsinger (SHLES'-in-jer) of Fountains of Wayne is 47. Musician Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) is 46. Singer Linn Berggren of Ace of Base is 44. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie") is 34. Tay Strathairn, keyboard player of Dawes is 34. Guitarist Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance is 33. Actor Scott Clifton is 30. Actress Vanessa Marano is 22. Singer-actress Willow Smith is 14.

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