Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church in 1517. A cyclone devastated India, killing more than 200,000 in 1876. The Lincoln Highway, the first national highway to be built for automobiles in the United States, was dedicated in 1913. It was 5454 kilometres long and stretched from Times Square in New York to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The Battle of Britain ended in 1940. Stalin's body was removed from Lenin's Tomb in 1961 and Louise Woodward was convicted of second degree manslaughter in 1997.
Born today: Johannes/Jan Vermeer (1632-1675), John Keats (1795-1821), Chiang Kai-shek (1887-1975), Dale Evans (1912-2001), Jimmy Savile (1926), Kinky Friedman (1944), Michael Kitchen (1948), Larry Mullen, Jr. (1961), Johnny Marr (1963) and Marco van Basten (1964).
It is Halloween, Samhain or (if you're Cornish) Calan Gwaf.