On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 31


Ten days after being punched in the stomach at a performance in Montreal, illusionist Harry Houdini dies from a ruptured spleen at the age of 52.


Actor John Candy is born in Toronto.


CBC Radio’s World at Six makes its debut.


Jacques Parizeau resigns as premier of Quebec after his losing the sovereignty referendum by one percentage point.


After 10 years and 4,226 performances, Toronto’s production of The Phantom of the Opera closes.


The Queen Mother is awarded the Order of Canada in London, England — only the fifth non-Canadian to receive the award.


GM ends their Pontiac automobile brand after 84 years.


Police suggest that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford possess a video where he is seen smoking crack cocaine.

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