A to Z This Day in World History | October 31st

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On October 31st, several significant events happened in history. Here are a few notable occurrences on this date:

  1. 1517: Martin Luther, a German monk, nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. This event is considered the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation.
  2. 1864: Nevada was admitted as the 36th state of the United States during the Civil War. It is known as the “Silver State” due to its significant silver mining industry.
  3. 1926: Magician and escape artist Harry Houdini passed away in Detroit, Michigan. He was renowned for his daring escape acts and illusionist performances.
  4. 1941: The famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota was completed after 14 years of carving the faces of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln into the mountain.
  5. 1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two of her bodyguards, leading to a period of political turmoil in India.
  6. 1993: The United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 827, creating the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to prosecute war crimes that occurred during the Yugoslav Wars.
  7. 1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 people on board. The cause of the crash remains a subject of debate and investigation.
  8. 2011: The global population was estimated to have reached 7 billion people on this day, according to the United Nations.
  9. Halloween: October 31st is widely celebrated as Halloween in many countries, a holiday with origins in ancient Celtic and Christian traditions. It is a day for costumes, candy, and various spooky and fun activities.

These are just a few of the events that have occurred on October 31st throughout history. This date has a mix of historical, cultural, and political significance.

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