This Story Brought To You By

On this day, Oct. 31 ...1926: Escape artist Harry Houdini dies in Detroit of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix.
Also on this day:1941: The Navy destroyer USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of some 100 lives, even though the United States has not yet entered World War II.
The Navy destroyer USS Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of some 100 lives, even though the United States has not yet entered World War II.
1961: The body of Josef Stalin is removed from Lenin’s Tomb as part of the Soviet Union’s “de-Stalinization” drive.
The body of Josef Stalin is removed from Lenin’s Tomb as part of the Soviet Union’s “de-Stalinization” drive.
1968: President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hopes for fruitful peace negotiations.
President Lyndon B. Johnson orders a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hopes for fruitful peace negotiations.
1975: The Queen single “Bohemian Rhapsody” is released in the United Kingdom by EMI Records.
1998: A genetic study is released suggesting President Thomas Jefferson did, in fact, father at least one child by his slave Sally Hemings.
A genetic study is released suggesting President Thomas Jefferson did, in fact, father at least one child by his slave Sally Hemings.
1999: EgyptAir Flight 990, bound from New York to Cairo, crashes off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard.
EgyptAir Flight 990, bound from New York to Cairo, crashes off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard.

Read More Stories