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Sunday, October 31, 2010

On This Date- Halloween..

Here's some interesting economic and non-economic factoids...

~ Happy Halloween ~

On this day- October 31:

1517 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

1864 – Nevada is admitted as the 36th US State

1876 –  A monster cyclone ravages India, resulting in over 200,000 deaths

1887 – Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek was born. He was the first constitutional President of the Republic of China.

1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway (from NYC to SF), the first automobile road across US

1913 – The Indianapolis Street Car Strike and subsequent riot begins

1917 – World War I:  Battle of Beersheba (Third Battle of Gaza, Sinai & Palestine Campaign)- "last successful cavalry charge in history".

1922 – Benito Mussolini becomes prime minister of Italy

1926 – Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured. His appendix had been damaged twelve days earlier when he had been punched in the stomach by a student unexpectedly during a lecture Houdini was giving where he had commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows.

1940 – World War II:  The Battle of Britain ends- The United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion

1941 – After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.

1941 – The US Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland. The US had not yet entered World War II. More than 100 men were killed

1954 – Algerian War of Independence- The Algerian National Liberation Front begins a revolt against French rule

1956 – Suez Crisis: The UK and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal

1984 – Indian Prime minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards. Riots soon break out in New Delhi and nearly 10,000 Sikhs are killed.

1993 – Actor River Phoenix died at the age of 23 of a drug overdose after collapsing outside The Viper Room in Hollywood.

2002 – A federal grand jury in Houston, TX indicts former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.

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