Today is Sunday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2010. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 31, 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 1860, Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, was born in Savannah, Ga.
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 Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of some 100 lives, even though the United States had not yet entered World War II.
In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu (nwen van too) took the oath of office as the first president of South Vietnam's second republic.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations.
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.
In 1996, a Brazilian Fokker-100 jetliner crashed in Sao Paulo, killing all 96 people on board and three on the ground.
In 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990, bound from New York to Cairo, crashed off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard.
Ten years ago: A Los Angeles-bound Singapore Airlines jumbo jet sped down the wrong runway in Taipei, Taiwan, slamming into construction equipment and bursting into flames, killing 83 people. A charter plane in Angola crashed into a remote jungle, killing all 48 aboard. American astronaut Bill Shepherd and two Russian cosmonauts rocketed into orbit aboard a Soyuz rocket on a quest to become the first residents of the international space station. Death claimed Oscar-winning screenwriter Ring Lardner Jr. at age 85 and former Housing Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. at age 78.
Five years ago: President George W. Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Civil rights icon Rosa Parks was honored during a memorial service in Washington, D.C. The U.N. Security Council demanded Syria's full cooperation with a U.N. investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister, Rafik Hariri (rah-FEEK' hah-REER'-ee); Syria angrily rejected the resolution.
One year ago: A convicted rapist was arrested in Cleveland after police found six decomposing bodies at his home. (Authorities turned up the bodies of 11 women at the home of Anthony Sowell, who faces trial for aggravated murder, kidnapping and other charges.) The New York Yankees won Game 3 of the World Series, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 to give New York a 2-1 Series lead.
Today's Birthdays: Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk is 88. Actress Lee Grant is 83. Movie critic Andrew Sarris is 82. Former astronaut Michael Collins is 80. Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is 79. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 73. Actor Ron Rifkin is 71. Actress Sally Kirkland is 69. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 68. Actor Stephen Rea is 64. Olympic gold medal distance runner Frank Shorter is 63. Actress Deidre Hall is 62. Talk show host Jane Pauley is 60. Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell is 53. Movie director Peter Jackson is 49. Rock musician Larry Mullen is 49. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 47. Rock musician Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) is 47. Rock singer-musician Johnny Marr is 47. Actor Rob Schneider is 46. Country singer Darryl Worley is 46. Actor-comedian Mike O'Malley is 45. Rap musician Adrock is 44. Songwriter Adam Schlesinger is 43. Rap performer Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) is 42. Rock singer Linn Berggren (Ace of Base) is 40. Reality TV host Troy Hartman is 39. Gospel singer Smokie Norful is 37. Actress Piper Perabo (PEER'-uh-boh) is 34. Actor Brian Hallisay is 32. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas is 30. Rock musician Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 29. Actor Scott Clifton is 26.
Thought for Today: "I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." _ Virginia Woolf, English author and critic (1882-1941).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Oct. 31)
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