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HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST WORLD NEWS

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SANDY KOZEL

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Martin Luther (left) posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church on this day in 1517. The event marked the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

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Martin Luther
(November 10, 1943 – February 18, 1546)

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On this day in 1968, in a televised address to the nation five days before the presidential election, President Lyndon Johnson announced on the basis of developments in the Paris peace negotiations, he has ordered the complete cessation of “all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam.” Accordingly, effective November 1, the U.S. Air Force called a halt to the
air raids on North Vietnam known as Operation Rolling Thunder.

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Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated near her residence by
two Sikh security guards on this day in 1984. Her son, Rajiv (below) was
sworn in as prime minister.

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Rajiv Gandhi (left) at the funeral of his mother.

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Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz)  (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926)


Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a
ruptured appendix on this day in 1926. His appendix had been damaged
twelve days earlier when he had been punched in the stomach by a student unexpectedly. During a lecture Houdini had commented on the strength of
his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows.

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HALLOWEEN IN 1937 ~

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Trick or Treaters (Robert B. Velie)

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PAST WORLD NEWS HEADLINES

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On this day in 1938, Orson Welles’ "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS
radio. The belief that the realistic radio dramatization was a live news event
about a Martian invasion caused panic among listeners.

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George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985)

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A deadly mudslide hit Nicaragua after hurricane Mitch on this
day in 1998.

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On this day in 1974.

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Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen
(December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000)

Comedian Steve Allen achieved national fame as the first host of NBC’s 
The Tonight Show, the first late night television talk show in September
1954.

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HENRY WINKLER IS 72 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Henry Franklin Winkler was born in New York City.

Henry Winkler rose to fame as the greaser mechanic The Fonz on Happy Days
during the 1970s on ABC. He has since had multiple roles in film and television.

Winkler made his acting debut in his 8th grade school production of Billy Budd,
after which he earned his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in 1967 and
graduated from Yale School of Drama in 1970.

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Henry Winkler and Ron Howard

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