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 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 85. Anchorman Dan Rather is 81. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 75. Actor Ron Rifkin ("Alias") is 73. Actress Sally Kirkland is 71. Actor David Ogden Stiers ("MASH") is 70. Actress Deidre Hall ("Days Of Our Lives") is 64. NBC anchorwoman Jane Pauley is 62. Director Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings") is 51. Drummer Larry Mullen of U2 is 51. Guitarist Johnny Marr of Modest Mouse (and The Smiths) is 49. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 49. Drummer Mikkey Dee of Motorhead is 49. Country singer Darryl Worley is 48. Actor Rob Schneider is 48. Actor Mike O'Malley ("Glee") is 47. Guitarist Adrock of the Beastie Boys is 46. Musician Adam Schelsinger of Fountains of Wayne is 45. Musician Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) is 44. Singer Linn Berggren of Ace of Base is 42. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie") is 32. Guitarist Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance is 31. Actor Scott Clifton is 28. Singer-actress Willow Smith is 12.
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