October 31

1517

Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

1846

A heavy snowfall trapped the Donner Party in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

1864

Nevada became the 36th state.

1941

Work on the Mount Rushmore monument was completed.

1956

Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek became the first person to land an airplane at the South Pole.

1984

Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

1992

Pope John Paul II admitted that the Roman Catholic Church had erred in convicting Galileo of heresy 350 years earlier.

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