Today is Tuesday, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2006. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween. On this date in 1517, Martin Luther posts the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
In 1795, English poet John Keats is born in London. In 1864, Nevada becomes the 36th state. In 1926, magician Harry Houdini dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix. In 1941, the U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James is torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of some 100 lives, even though the United States had not yet entered World War II.
October 31, 1981: Gov. James A. Rhodes signs a bill allowing county commissioners to levy a piggyback sales tax of 1 percent without a vote of the people.
Three more men are bound over to the Mahoning County grand jury in the death of Reserve Deputy John Litch Jr., including Robert Glenn, 25, who escaped during the killing of Litch, and his brother, John Glenn, 19, who participated in the attack on a police cruiser to release his brother.
October 31, 1966: A Halloween party ends tragically when a 28-year-old driver crashes head-on into an on-coming car on a downtown Youngstown freeway. Ronald Carter had entered the freeway from the Salt Springs exit ramp. He was pronounced dead at South Side Hospital where the other driver is hospitalized.
Army engineers will attempt to slow the flow of the American Falls so that engineers can get a close look at rock formations to study ways to prevent further erosion of the falls.
October 31, 1956: Mahoning County Prosecutor William A. Ambrose says his opponent, Municipal Judge Frank R. Franko, is spending enormous amounts of money in his campaign and is getting financial help from an "out of town" mob.
McCrory's opens a newly remodeled and enlarged variety store at 9 W. Federal St. featuring supermarket-style self-serve shopping.
Hank Greenberg announces in Los Angeles that Leo Durocher has been eliminated from consideration as manager of the Indians.
October 31, 1931: In reply to a demand by Judge Mark Moore that Mayor Joseph L. Heffernan name the Moore backers Heffernan denounced, Heffernan challenges Moore to a debate.
William L. Edison will contest the will of his father, Thomas A. Edison, claiming that his stepmother and half-brother exerted undue influence to inherit his father's millions. Edison had six children by two marriages. William claims that every major invention his father produced was done before he entered his second marriage.