TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 31, 1926
Magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.
ALSO ON THIS DATE
Work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in 1927.
Navy Rear Adm. George J. Dufek and six others became the first air travelers to set foot at the South Pole.
President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations.
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh (seek) security guards.