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October 31, 2018
By Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

We've all heard the story of how Halloween came to be. It was an ancient pagan day when the veil between the living world and spirit worlds are at it's thinnest.When supernatural occurrences, haunting encounters and tragic events are more likely to occur.

But did you know that there are 10 historical events that happened on October 31 showing us it's not all spooky happenings. Or is it? You decide.

1. How is this for a nightmare - in 1828 on Halloween, the polls opened on the 11th American Presidential election.

Today, once the polls close on November 6, we are finished with the campaign season. Until 1848, states had 34 days to conclude the election. If that isn't a nightmare, I don't know what is.

2. Halloween 1837, hundreds of Creek Indians were killed in the wreck of the Monmouth. Life had not been good to the Creek Indians after the Creek Indian War of 1836. About 700 indians that were left in the southern United States after most had been forcibly removed. These 700 were loaded on the a steamboat that would take them up the Mississippi. Unfortunately, just north of Baton Rouge, the Monmouth crashed into another steamboat and immediately sank, killing at least half of the indians on board.

3. On October 31, 1864 Nevada was admitted as the 36th state during the Civil War.

4. On Halloween 1917 during World War I, the British won the Battle of Beersheba, one of the lesser known great battles.

5. October 31, 1918 ended the deadliest month of Spanish Influenza. With a worldwide death toll of up to 50 million people, the Spanish Influenza is remembered as the most devastating pandemic in human history. In the month of October nearly 200,000 people died in the United States alone.

6. After the "March on Rome," Benito Mussolini's triumphant parade took place on October 31, 1922.

7. Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926. The official cause of death was ruled an abdominal infection associated with a ruptured appendix.

8. the sinking of the Reuben James by a German U-boat, Halloween 1942. Remember Woody Guthrie's song form 1942? Have your heard of a ship called the good Reuben James manned by hard fighting men both of honor and fame? She flew the Stars and Stripes of the land of the free, but tonight she's in her grave at the bottom of the sea. The Reuben ames became the first U.S. Navy ship sunk during World War II. Of the nearly 150 crewmen aboard, only 44 survived the attack.

9. The best individual game of the best individual football season of all time occurred on Halloween 1943. Slingin' Sammy Baugh did it all. In 1943 he lead the league in passing, punting and interceptions and is considered the single greatest individual season in NFL history. Playing for the Redskins agains the Brooklyn Dodgers on Halloween 1943, the final score at Ebbets Field was 48-10, with Baugh producing an NFL record 376 yards and six touchdowns - the first time in pro football history a quarterback threw six touchdowns. The Redskins went on to win the NFL's Eastern Division but lost to Sid Luckman and the Chicago Bears in the title game. With all that Baugh had achieved in 1943, he was still edged out by Luckman for the 1943?MVP award.

10. Remember the "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett and the Cryptkickers? It hit the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on October 20, 1962 and remained there for two weeks which included Halloween.

I would never have thought that so much in history happened on Halloween. It goes to show that you should never look at just the surface of anything. Dig deeper, you may find some interesting trivia..



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