October 31, 1926 – Harry Houdini dies

October 31, 1926 – Harry Houdini dies

On Oct 31, 1926 Harry Houdini dies from peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix at Detroit’s Grace Hospital. One theory on what caused Houdini’s heath decline is that nine days before his death he performed in Montreal and a McGill University student punched him in the abdomen to see if he could withstand the punch. Houdini had not had time to prepare himself for the blows.

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