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On October 31st, 1517, Martin
Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the
Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of
the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
On this date:
In 1795, English poet John Keats
was born in London.
In 1864, Nevada
became the 36th state.
In 1926, magician Harry
Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and
peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.
In 1941, the US
Navy destroyer "Reuben James" was
torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the
loss of 115 lives, even though the United States
had not yet entered World War Two.
In 1956, Rear
Admiral G.J. Dufek became the first person to
land an airplane at the South Pole.
In 1959, a former
US Marine from Fort Worth, Texas, announced in
Moscow that he would never return to the United
States. His name: Lee Harvey Oswald.
In 1968, President
Johnson ordered a halt to all U-S bombing of
North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace
In 1980, Reza
Pahlavi, eldest son of the late shah, proclaimed
himself the rightful successor to the Peacock
In 1984, Indian
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by
two Sikh (seek) security guards.
In 1994, a
Chicago-bound American Eagle ATR-72 crashed in
northern Indiana, killing all 68 people aboard.
Ten years ago:
During a campaign swing in suburban Washington,
President Bush said "I have had it"
with the way Iraq was treating American diplomats
and hostages, but added he had no timetable for
deciding on a possible military strike.
Five years ago:
Stung by defeat in the secession referendum,
Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau said he would
resign as head of the bitterly divided province
at year's end.
One year ago:
EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the Massachusetts
coast, killing all 217 people aboard.
"An old error is
always more popular than a new truth."