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Oct 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.

Oct 31, 1864: Nevada became the 36th state.

Oct 31, 1984: Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

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Oct 30, 1938: Radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, starring Orson Welles, caused nationwide panic among listeners.

Oct 30, 1974: Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire ("rumble in the jungle") to regain his world heavyweight title.

Oct 30, 1953: Gen. George C. Marshall won the Nobel Peace Prize for originating the Marshall Plan.

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Oct 29, 1966: The National Organization for Women was founded.

Oct 29, 1998: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, returned to space at age 77.

Oct 29, 1787: Mozart's opera Don Giovanni debuted in Prague.

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Oct 28, 1886: The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

Oct 28, 1919: Congress passed the Volstead Act, or the National Prohibition Act, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto.

Oct 28, 1940: Italy invaded Greece during World War II.

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Oct 27, 1904: New York City's first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened.

Oct 27, 1938: Du Pont announced that it would name its new synthetic yarn nylon.

Oct 27, 1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward a Middle East accord.

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Oct 26, 1774: The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

Oct 26, 1825: The Erie Canal, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River, opened.

Oct 26, 1881: Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and Doc Holliday were involved in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

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Oct 25, 1415: The Battle of Agincourt between England and France during the Hundred Years War took place.

Oct 25, 1962: John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Oct 25, 1971: The U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

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Oct 24, 1901: Anna Edson Taylor became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Oct 24, 1931: The George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic.


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