ON THIS DAY: OCTOBER 31ST

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Jack-o’-lantern.
Although Halloween, celebrated this day, is now observed largely as a secular holiday, it is, as the eve of All Saints’ Day, also a religious holiday among some Christians.
Today
Studs Terkel.
2008   American author and oral historian Studs Terkel, who chronicled the lives of Americans from the Great Depression to the early 21st century, died in Chicago.
Lyndon B. Johnson, c. 1963.
1968   U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered an end to American bombing in North Vietnam.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, U.S.
1941  After nearly 15 years of work, the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota was completed; the colossal sculpture features the heads of Presidents George WashingtonThomas JeffersonTheodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Harry Houdini.
stomach injury.
1926
Harry Houdini, the magician and escape artist, died of peritonitis  stemming from a
Chiang Kai-shek.
Soldier and statesman Chiang Kai-shek, head of the Nationalistgovernment in China from 1928 to 1949 and subsequently head of the Chinese Nationalist government-in-exile on Taiwan, was born.
1887
The Nevada state flag has been modified several times since the first one was flown in 1866. The design adopted on March 26, 1929, was chosen in a contest offering a 25-dollar prize. The winning design includes a silver star encircled by sprays of sagebrush and a scroll with the words Battle Born. A vertically striped flag was proposed in 1953 but was vetoed by the governor.
Nevada became the 36th state of the United States.
1864
Juliette Gordon Low, 1917.
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, was born in Savannah, Georgia.
1860
Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, oil on canvas by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1662; in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. 45.7 × 40.6 cm.
Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, whose paintings are among the most beloved and revered images in the history of art, was baptized.
1632
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