spotlight Today in history: Oct. 31 Oct 31, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1517: Martin Luther In 1517, Martin Luther sent his 95 Theses denouncing what he saw as the abuses of the Catholic Church, especially the sale of indulgences, to the Archbishop of Mainz, Germany (by some accounts, Luther also posted the Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg), marking the start of the Protestant Reformation. ECKEHARD SCHULZ 1926: Harry Houdini In 1926, magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. AP 1941: Mount Rushmore National Memorial In 1941, work was completed on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, begun in 1927. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1964: Theodore C. Freeman In 1964, Theodore C. Freeman, 34, became the first member of NASA's astronaut corps to die when his T-38 jet crashed while approaching Ellington Air Force Base in Houston. Henry Burroughs 1968: Lyndon Johnson In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying he hoped for fruitful peace negotiations. John Lent 1984: Indira Gandhi In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by two Sikh (seek) security guards. Jim Bourdier 1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 In 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990, bound from New York to Cairo, crashed off the Massachusetts coast, killing all 217 people aboard. KATHY WILLENS 2005: President George W. Bush & Samuel Alito In 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Samuel Alito (ahl-EE'-toh) to the Supreme Court. CHARLES DHARAPAK 2009: Anthony Sowell Ten years ago: A registered sex offender was arrested in Cleveland after police found six decomposing bodies at his home. (Authorities turned up the bodies of 11 women at the home of Anthony Sowell, who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2011.) Tony Dejak 2009: New York Yankees Ten years ago: The New York Yankees won Game 3 of the World Series, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 to give New York a 2-1 Series lead. Rob Carr 2014: SpaceShipTwo Five years ago: Commercial space tourism suffered a huge setback when a prototype passenger rocket, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, exploded during a test flight, scattering debris over the Mojave Desert and killing one pilot while seriously injuring the other. Ringo H.W. Chiu 2018: Red Sox Parade One year ago: Huge crowds of fans cheered as the Red Sox rumbled through downtown Boston aboard duck boats to mark the team's fourth World Series championship in the past 15 years. Elise Amendola 2018: Willie McCovey One year ago: Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, a star first baseman and outfielder who played for the San Francisco Giants for 19 of his 22 major league seasons, died at the age of 80. ASSOCIATED PRESS Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Related to this collection Most Popular +8 Archives Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP Dec 7, 2019 Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. +18 Archives Today in history: Dec. 7 Dec 7, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +14 Archives Today in history: Dec. 9 Dec 9, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +22 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 7 Dec 7, 2019 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Noam Chomsky, Ellen Burstyn, Johnny Bench, Tom Waits, Susan M. Coll… +16 Archives Today in history: Dec. 11 Dec 11, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +18 Archives Today in history: Dec. 8 Dec 8, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +18 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 8 Dec 8, 2019 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Kim Basinger, Ann Coulter, Wendell Pierce, Teri Hatcher, Sinead O'C… +12 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 12 21 hrs ago Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Bob Barker, Dionne Warwick, Bill Nighy, Jennifer Connelly, Mayim Bi… +10 Archives Today’s top pics: Trump clashes with NATO leaders and more Dec 4, 2019 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.. +16 Archives Today in history: Dec. 10 Dec 10, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history.