October 31

This Day in History

1956

Canal Crisis Escalates

On October 31, 1956, Britain and France bomb Egypt in retaliation for the barring of their ships from the Suez Canal. The attack came two days after Israel invaded Egypt, seizing the Gaza Strip and … (more...)

1917

The Charge of the Australian Light Horse – The Battle of Beersheba

On 31 October 1917 Ottoman troops defending their line at Beersheba, a fortified town some 40 kilometres from Gaza, were astonished to see a large body of horsemen charging their position at the full … (more...)

1912

"First" Gangster Film Released

"On this day in 1912, D.W. Griffith’s The Musketeers of Pig Alley was released, a film considered by many to be the first gangster film. Despite a running time of only 17 minutes, the film is packed … (more...)

Halloween Is Celebrated

On this day in history some 2,000-plus years ago, the holiday today known as Halloween originated as a New Year’s Eve celebration among the Celtic peoples of Europe. The Halloween we celebrate … (more...)