On this day: October 31

Posted: 0:59 AM EDT Oct 31, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Oct 31, 2015

The first All Hallows' Evening is celebrated, Nevada becomes a state, Harry Houdini dies, Mount Rushmore is completed, and the Vatican apologizes to Galileo, all on this day.

OTD October 31 - Indira Gandhi
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John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by her two security guards in retaliation for ordering Operation Blue Star, a military operation to remove Sikh separatists from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. In the wake of her death, riots broke out in New Delhi and nearly 10,000 Sikhs were killed. Gandhi is seen here with U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962.


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