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Today in History: Friday, October  31, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
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On this date in:
1795Poet John Keats was born in London.
1864Nevada became the 36th state.
1926Magician Harry Houdini died of complications from a ruptured appendix.
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1938The day after his "War of the Worlds" broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed "deep regret" but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the show was real.
1968President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations.
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1984Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence by two Sikh security guards.
1992It was announced that five American nuns in Liberia had been shot to death near the capital Monrovia; the killings were blamed on rebels loyal to Charles Taylor.
1999EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard.
2005President George W. Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
2006P.W. Botha, South Africa's apartheid-era president, died at age 90.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Piper Perabo ("Covert Affairs") turns 38 years old today.
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Lee GrantActress89
Michael CollinsAstronaut84
Dan RatherBroadcast journalist83
Ron RifkinActor ("Alias")76
Sally KirklandActress73
David Ogden StiersActor ("M.A.S.H.")72
Brian Doyle-MurrayActor69
Jane PauleyBroadcast journalist64
Peter JacksonDirector ("Lord of the Rings" movies)53
Larry Mullen Jr.Rock musician (U2)53
Dermot MulroneyActor51
Rob SchneiderActor, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")50
Rob Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice)Rapper46
Fred McGriffBaseball player46
Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell turns 57 years old today.
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