This Day In History (October 31)
On this day, October 31, 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence by two Sikh security guards. Go to article
On Oct. 31, 1887, Chiang Kai-shek, the Chinese general and president whose regime collapsed to the Communists in 1949, was born. Following his death on April 5, 1975, his obituary appeared in The Times. Go to obituary
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- 1795 - Poet John Keats was born in London.
- 1864 - Nevada became the 36th state.
- 1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of complications from a ruptured appendix.
- 1938 - The day after his "War of the Worlds" broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed "deep regret" but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the show was real.
- 1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations.
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