TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “Ninety- Five Theses” on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, in protest of the selling of papal indulgences.
In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died of complications from a ruptured appendix.
In 1941, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S. D., was declared complete.
In 1957, Toyota Motor Sales, U. S. A., Inc., established its first American headquarters in Hollywood, Calif.
In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two bodyguards. TODAY’S FACT: An outspoken critic of clerical celibacy, Martin Luther married Katherine of Bora, a former nun, in 1525. They had five children together. TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1950, Earl Lloyd became the first African-American to play in an NBA game. TODAY’S QUOTE: “He ne’er
is crown’d / With immortality, who fears to follow / Where airy voices lead.” — John Keats, “Endymion” TODAY’S NUMBER: 7 billion — estimated population of the world on Oct. 31, 2011, which was officially designated “The Day of Seven Billion” by the United Nations Population Fund. TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS:
John Keats ( 1795- 1821), poet; Juliette Gordon Low ( 1860- 1927), Girl Scouts founder; Chiang Kaishek ( 1887- 1975), Taiwanese leader; Dale Evans ( 1912- 2001), actress/ singer- songwriter; Dan Rather ( 1931-), TV journalist; Michael Landon ( 1936- 1991), actor; John Candy ( 1950- 1994), actor; Jane Pauley ( 1950-), TV journalist; Peter Jackson ( 1961), filmmaker; Dermot Mulroney ( 1963-), actor; Vanilla Ice ( 1967), rapper; Piper Perabo ( 1976-), actress; Willow Smith ( 2000-), actress/ singer.