31 October | The British Newspaper Archive Blog


On this day, 31 October

While we overwhelmingly mark 31 October as simply the celebration of Halloween, we wanted to highlight some other events that have occurred on this day over the years.

On this day

Born on this day

  • The English writer and diarist John Evelyn was born on this day in 1620.
  • In 1795, John Keats, the famed Romantic poet, was born on this day. He wrote ‘I could be martyred for my religion. Love is my religion – I could die for that’.

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Died on this day

  • The artist Egon Schiele, whose work, it could be argued, is quite fitting for Halloween, died on this day in 1918.
  • The sensational magician Harry Houdini died on this day in 1926. You could almost say his skills were supernatural, making it fitting that he departed this world on All Hallow’s Eve. Due to his talents, Houdini was nicknamed the handcuff king.

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