October 31

October 31, 2011 by staff 

October 31, There are 61 days left in the year.  Highlight of today: 1517: Martin Luther nails 95 theses at Wittenberg Palace church, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

Other highlights: 1731: The expulsion of Protestants from Salzburg, Austria, begins.

1922: Benito Mussolini Fascist leader becomes prime minister of Italy.

1925: Reza Khan usurps the Persian throne, Greek army invades Bulgaria.

1926: Magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. 1938: The day after his “War of the Worlds” broadcast panicked U.S. listeners radio, Orson Welles expressed “deep regret”, but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.

1961: Cloud of movements of radioactive waste in central Siberia after Soviets explode what is called biggest man-made nuclear bomb. 1984: The Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards in retaliation for the Indian army attack on Sikh sanctuary four months earlier. Two thousand people are killed in anti-Sikh riots after the murder.

1990: In an unprecedented move, the Canadian government instructs Canadian subsidiaries of U.S. companies not comply with a new U.S. law to prohibit trade with Cuba.

1995: A bomb attack against the offices of the main anti-government groups in northern Iraq kills at least 22 people.

1996: A Brazilian plane crashes in a suburb of Sao Paulo shortly after takeoff, killing all 96 people aboard and five on the floor.

1997: Russia’s parliament approved an international treaty banning chemical weapons. Russia has the world’s largest arsenal of poison gas.

1998: Iraq announces it will not allow weapons inspectors of the UN to work in the country.

1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 bound for Cairo from New York’s Kennedy Airport plunges 10,000 meters (32,800 feet) in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 217 people on board.

2000: A Russian rocket carrying the first settlers of the explosions of the International Space Station from Kazakhstan.

2001: New York hospital worker with a mysterious case of inhalation Anthrax dies fatality in the United States fourth in a month of biot*rror*sm.

2002: An earthquake hits the town of San Giuliano di Puglia, in the Apennines 225 kilometers (140 miles) south-east of Rome, killing 26 children and a teacher at a primary school that collapsed.

2005: President Vladimir Putin says he will not seek a third term in 2008, but vowed not to allow “destabilization” in Russia after the vote, leaving the door open for drastic action in the event of a crisis.

2008: U.S. President George W Bush signed an executive order restoring the Libyan government’s immunity from terror-related lawsuits and dismissing pending compensation cases.

Today’s Birthdays: Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter (1632-1675), John Keats, English poet (1795-1821), Chiang Kai-shek, President of Nationalist China (1887-1975), Eddie Charlton, Australia World Snooker Champion (1929 – 2004), Norodom Sihanouk, former King of Cambodia (1922 -), Vanilla Ice, U.S. rapper (1968 -).

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