On this day in sports 31 October
2003: Bethany Hamilton, aged 13, has her arm bitten off by a shark while surfing in Hawaii.
1994: American tennis star Venus Williams makes her professional debut as a 14 year old with a 6-3, 6-4 win over former NCAA.
1943: Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Bkln (48-10).
1900: AL President Ban Johnson writes to NL President Nick Young seeking peace.
1973: Tom Seaver wins NL Cy Young Award.
1950: The Big Cat, Earl Lloyd becomes the first African-American to play a game in the NBA, scoring 6 points.
2020: England beats Italy 34-5 in Rome to clinch 29th Six-Nations Rugby Championship; halfback Ben Youngs becomes second England player.
2015: 8th Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham, London: All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter lands 4 penalties and 2 conversions.
1999: Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
2014: Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hootenanny, Goldencents, Lady Eli, Untapable.