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Notable Historical Events for October 31st

1517Martin Luther posts 95 theses on Wittenberg church - precipitates the Protestant Reformation

1983Paul McCartney releases "Pipes of Peace" album

1541Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting The Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican

20142014 baseball HOF inductees: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre

1959Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return to USA

1964Barbra Streisand's "People" album goes #1 for 5 weeks

1892Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

1967Nguyen Van Thieu took oath of office as 1st President of South Vietnam 2nd Rep

1954Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Texas Golf Open

1982Pope John Paul II becomes first pontiff to visit Spain

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Notable Birthdays on October 31st

1795John Keats, London, England, romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), (d. 1821)

1967Vanilla Ice, American rapper (Ice Ice Baby) and actor (Cool as Ice)

1632Jan Vermeer, Holland, painter (Procuress, Astronomer), (d. 1675)

1950John Candy, Newmarket Ontario, Canadian actor and comedian (SCTV, Uncle Buck)

1933Hobart "Hobie" Alter, Ontario, California, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat

1860Juliette Gordon Low, Savannah Georgia, American activist/founder (Girl Scouts of America)

1961Peter Jackson, Pukerua Bay, New Zealand, film director (Lord of the Rings - Academy Award, Best Director, 2003)

1922Norodom Sihanouk, King/President/Premier of Cambodia (My War with the CIA), (d. 2012)

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Notable Weddings on October 31st

1980Baptist minister Al Sharpton (26) weds back up singer Kathy Jordan

1968Singer Davy Jones (22) weds actress Linda Haines

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Notable Divorces on October 31st

2011Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

1976NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

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Notable Deaths on October 31st

1983George Halas, NFL pioneer and owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

1993River Phoenix, actor (Stand By Me), dies of drug overdose at 23

1926Harry Houdini, [Erich Weisz], magician, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured

1993Federico Fellini, director (La Dolce Vita), dies of stroke at 73

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