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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Today in History -- October 31

1517 – On the Eve of All Hallows, law-school dropout Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Saxony..

1908RandallCountyCourthouseCanyonTexas907TJnsn 1659 – John Bradshaw (right), Lord Chief Justice of England, who presided at the trial of King Charles I, dies of natural causes at Westminster.

1822 – Mexican Emperor Agustín de Iturbide dissolves the republican-dominated Congress and appoints a junta, setting the young nation on a path of political turmoil that will plague it for more than 150 years.

1861 – Lawyer-turned-soldier Winfield Scott, hero of the Mexican War, resigns after 20 years as Commanding General of the U.S. Army.

1864 – President Abraham Lincoln declares that Nevada has been admitted as the 36th U.S. state, just in time for the Presidential election scheduled in 8 days..

1913 – The first transcontinental automobile route in the U.S., the Lincoln Highway, is dedicated. It will take hardy drivers about 30 days to drive from New York City to San Francisco..

1924 – The First International Savings Bank Congress, meeting in Milan, votes to create "World Savings Day." The bankers presumably were unaware that spending money you don’t have is better for the economy than saving money that you do have..

1983 – George Halas, who took over the Decatur Staleys in 1921 and moved the team to Chicago, and who helped create the National Football League a year later, founded the Chicago Bears football team in 1920 at age 25, dies in Chicago at age 88.

2002 – A federal grand jury in Houston indicts former Enron Corp. CFO Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

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