Today in entertainment history: Oct. 31

Today in entertainment history: Oct. 31

THIS DAY IN 1993: River Phoenix, seen here while filming the movie “Dark Blood," died after collapsing outside a Los Angeles nightclub. Photo: Associated Press

1926: Magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.

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.

1993: Actor River Phoenix died after collapsing outside a Los Angeles nightclub. He was 23.

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 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. Singer-actress Willow Smith is 14.

Recent Headlines

in Local

2nd food worker in Seneca County diagnosed with Hepatitis A


Seneca County health officials said Tuesday that worker at Mark's Pizzeria in Waterloo was diagnosed with Hepatitis A; county recommending vaccines

in Local

Silver’s lawyers plan to appeal corruption verdict

sheldon silver

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was found guilty on federal corruption charges on Monday.

in Local

Bridge, park near Ithaca Falls to get extra attention

ithaca falls

City lawmakers say the Lake Street bridge and the park under the Ithaca Falls are both in need of more work.

in Local

New steps for banks proposed to fight terrorism financing


Regulators say over the last four years, their investigations into terrorist financing and U.S. sanctions violations uncovered serious shortcomings.

in Local

Cornell becomes a NWS StormReady university

NWS cornell

Since the program began in 1999, over 2,300 communities have been given this recognition.