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On This Day: October 31st

This is 304th day of the year and 61 days remain in the year.

in history
1517
Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
1846
A heavy snowfall trapped the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
1864
Nevada became the 36th state.
1941
Work on the Mount Rushmore monument was completed.
1956
Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole.
1984
Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.
1992
Pope John Paul II admitted that the Roman Catholic Church had erred in convicting Galileo of heresy 350 years earlier.
October 31 BirthdaysChiang Kai-shek1887–1975, Chinese Nationalist leader. He was also called Chiang Chung-cheng.
Dan Rathertelevision journalist, writer
John Candyactor
Dale Evansactor and singer
Michael Collinsastronaut
Barbara Bel Geddesactress
Michael Landonactor
Jane PauleyTV journalist
Jan Vermeerpainter
Juliette Gordon Lowfounder of the Girl Scouts of America
John Keatspoet
Peter Jacksondirector



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