Halloween, Samhain, Eve of All Hallows Day, marks the beginning of the Celtic New Year.
Dia De Los Muertos: The day of the dead in Mexico traditionally begins at midnight on this day and continues until 2 November.
According to tradition, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
Dutch painter Jan Vermeer born in Delft, Netherlands.
Poet John Keats born in London.
Blues singer Ethel Waters born in Chester, Penn.
Cowgirl Dale Evans born in Uvalde, Texas.
Photographer Helmut Newton born in Berlin.
James Joyce finishes his novel Ulysses.
Escape artist Harry Houdini dies in room 401 of Grace Hospital in Detroit.
TV news anchor Dan Rather (What's the Frequency Kenneth?) born in Wharton, Texas.
Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers completed the busts of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore.
Actress Sally Kirkland born in New York.
Country singer/songwriter Kinky Friedman (They're Not Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore) born in Chicago.
Comic actor John Candy born in Toronto, Canada.
Former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald from Fort Worth, Texas, announces that he would never return to the U.S. now that he was in Moscow.
Director Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) born in Pukerua Bay, New Zealand.
The body of Joseph Stalin was removed from public display.
The longtime dictator of the former Soviet Union was reburied in a simple grave.
Indian leader Indira Ghandi was assassinated by two Sikh separatists serving as her bodyguards.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
Brumaire 10 Charrue