OCTOBER 31: The Daily Flashback
1517: Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.
1927: Hoagy Carmichael recorded his most famous composition, “Star Dust.”
1941: Although the U.S. had not yet entered World War II, the U.S. Navy destroyer Reuben James was torpedoed by a German submarine near Iceland, and more than 100 men were killed.
1952: The U.S. detonated its first hydrogen bomb.
1958: The Flamingos recorded “I Only Have Eyes for You.”
1965: Lead singer Wayne Fontana left his group The Mindbenders.
1968: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a halt to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
1970: Michelle Phillips, formerly of the Mamas and Papas, and actor Dennis Hopper were married. The marriage was annulled seven days later.
1975: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released.
1992: Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” was the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the 12th consecutive week, breaking the record held by Elvis Presley’s two-sided “Don’t be Cruel/Hound Dog,” which was No. 1 for 11 weeks in 1956.
2008: The last major United States supplier of pre-recorded VHS tapes, Distribution Video Audio, Inc. delivered shipped its final shipment of VHS tapes to stores.
1795: John Keats
1912: Dale Evans
1927: Anita Kerr
1937: Tom Paxton
1947: Russ Ballard
1952: Bernard Edwards
1961: Larry Mullen Jr.
1963: Johnny Marr
1964: Darryl Worley
1966: Adam Horovitz
1967: Vanilla Ice
1926: Harry Houdini
1984: Indira Gandhi
1985: Joseph Papp
1993: River Phoenix