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This Day In History: Oct. 31

This Day in History

1517: Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church, beginning the Reformation in Germany.
1864: Nevada is admitted to the Union.
1941: South Dakota's Mount Rushmore National Memorial is completed.
1968: President Lyndon Johnson announces that the United States will stop all bombing of North Vietnam.
1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by Sikh members of her bodyguard and is succeeded by her son Rajiv.
1992: Pope John Paul II declares that the Roman Catholic Church was wrong in 1633 when it condemned Galileo for arguing that the earth goes around the sun.
1999: An EgyptAir jetliner en route from New York to Cairo, Egypt plunges into the Atlantic shortly after takeoff, killing all 217 people on board.
2001: A New York City hospital worker dies of pulmonary anthrax, the fourth death in the anthrax outbreak.

Today's Birthdays

1795: John Keats, poet (London, England; died 1821)
1860: Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts (Savannah, GA; died 1927)
1875: Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian independence leader and statesman (Nadiad, Gujarat, India; died 1950)
1887: Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese leader (Chekiang, China; died 1975)
1888: Sir George Hubert Wilkins, Australian explorer (Mount Bryan, Australia; died 1958)
1896: Ethel Waters, singer (Chester, PA; died 1977)
1912: Dale Evans, actress/evangelist (Uvalde, TX; died 2001)
1914: Jersey Joe Walcott, champion boxer (Merchantsville, NJ; died 1994)
1920: Dick Francis, mystery writer (Tenby, Wales)
1922: Norodom Sihanouk, former Cambodian king (Cambodia)
1931: Dan Rather, TV journalist/anchorman (Wharton, TX)
1936: Michael Landon, actor (Forest Hills, NY; died 1991)
1950: John Candy, actor/comedian (Toronto, Ontario, Canada; died 1994)
1950: Jane Pauley, TV journalist (Indianapolis, IN)
1963: Dermot Mulroney, actor (Alexandria, VA)
1967: Vanilla Ice, singer/actor (Miami, FL)


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