Today in History, English
Today in History, English

124231October 31Event1903 – Purdue Wreck, a railroad train collision in Indianapolis, killed 17 people, including 14 players of the Purdue University football team.
124232October 31Event1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile highway across United States.
124233October 31Event1913 – The Indianapolis Streetcar Strike and subsequent riot begins.
124234October 31Event1917 – World War I: Battle of Beersheba: The "last successful cavalry charge in history".
124235October 31Event1918 – World War I: Dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
124236October 31Event1922 – Benito Mussolini is made Prime Minister of Italy
124237October 31Event1923 – The first of 160 consecutive days of 100° Fahrenheit at Marble Bar, Western Australia.
124238October 31Event1924 – World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).
124239October 31Event1926 – Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that develops after his appendix ruptures.
124240October 31Event1938 – Great Depression: In an effort to restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public.
124241October 31Event1940 – World War II: The Battle of Britain ends: The United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion.
124242October 31Event1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
124243October 31Event1941 – World War II: The destroyer USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat near Iceland, killing more than 100 U.S. Navy sailors. It is the first U.S. Navy vessel sunk by enemy action in WWII.
124244October 31Event1943 – World War II: An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception by a United States Navy or Marine Corps aircraft.
124245October 31Event1944 – Erich Göstl, a member of the Waffen-SS, is awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, to recognise extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy.
124246October 31Event1956 – Suez Crisis: The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.
124247October 31Event1961 – In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin's body is removed from Vladimir Lenin's Tomb.
124248October 31Event1963 – An explosion at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now Pepsi Coliseum) in Indianapolis kills 74 people and injures another 400 during an ice skating show. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand is blamed.
124249October 31Event1968 – Vietnam War October surprise: Citing progress with the Paris peace talks, US President Lyndon B. Johnson announces to the nation that he has ordered a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective Nove
124250October 31Event1969 – the Disappearance of Patricia Spencer and Pamela Hobley occurs.
124251October 31Event1973 – Mountjoy Prison helicopter escape. Three Provisional Irish Republican Army members escape from Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, Republic of Ireland aboard a hijacked helicopter that lands in the exercise yard.
124252October 31Event1984 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two Sikh security guards. Riots break out in New Delhi and other cities and nearly 10,000 Sikhs are killed.
124253October 31Event1994 – American Eagle Flight 4184 crashes near Roselawn, Indiana, killing 68.
124254October 31Event1998 – Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
124255October 31Event1999 – Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
124256October 31Event1999 – EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantucket, killing all 217 people on board.
124257October 31Event2000 – Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station. The ISS has been crewed continuously since then.
124258October 31Event2000 – Singapore Airlines Flight 006 crashes on takeoff in Taipei killing 83 people.
124259October 31Event2000 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 is adopted.
124260October 31Event2002 – A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas indicts former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

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