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27th October 1936 (84 Years)
Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne.
27th October 1939 (81 Years)
Nylon stockings are sold publicly for the first time in a department store in Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
28th October 1697 (323 Years)
Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, Italian painter of vedute of Venice, was born.
28th October 1909 (111 Years)
Francis Bacon was born.
28th October 1958 (62 Years)
Angelo Roncalli was elected Pope John XXIII.
28th October 1962 (58 Years)
The Cuban Missile Crisis ends.
29th October 1618 (402 Years)
Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
29th October 1929 (91 Years)
The stock market crashes, causing the deepest and longest economic downturn in the history of the Western world.
29th October 1956 (64 Years)
Beginning of the Suez Crisis which ran until 7th November.
30th October 1513 (507 Years)
Jacques Amyot, French bishop, scholar and writer, is born.
30th October 1938 (82 Years)
Orson Welles broadcasted his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing panic in some of the audience in the US.
30th October 1974 (46 Years)
The Rumble in the Jungle; Muhammad Ali knocks out George Formanto, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world.
31st October 1517 (503 Years)
Martin Luther's Ninety Five Theses begin the Protestant Reformation.
31st October 1632 (388 Years)
Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer, Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life, was born.
31st October 1760 (260 Years)
Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period, is born.
31st October 1918 (102 Years)
Egon Schiele, Austrian painter and protégé of Gustav Klimt, died.
31st October 1918 (102 Years)
WWI: Dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
31st October 1926 (94 Years)
Harry Houdini, Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts, dies.
31st October 1930 (90 Years)
Michael Collins, member of Apollo 11 spaceflight, is born.
31st October 1940 (80 Years)
The Battle of Britain ends - the United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion.
31st October 1941 (79 Years)
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota was completed.
31st October 1950 (70 Years)
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, 31 October 1950) is an Iraqi-British architect.
31st October 1968 (52 Years)
Vietnam War: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.
31st October 1984 (36 Years)
Indira Priyadarshini Nehru Gandhi, Indian politician and central figure of the Indian National Congress party, and to date the only female Prime Minister of India, is assassinated.
31st October 1993 (27 Years)
Federico Fellini, Italian director and screenwriter, died.

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