October 31

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John Evelyn, English diarist, born today in 1620

Jan Vermeer, Dutch painter, born today in 1632. The illustrations may or may not be by him; though they are definitely the Vermeers that 
Göring stole for Adolf Hitler, "The Art of Painting" from 1666 on the left, "The Astronomer" from 1688 on the right. Or are they forgeries? And if so, by one of Himmler's gang at the Alt-Aussee in Austria, or decades, even centuries earlier? For a fascinating article on the entire Vermeer mystery, click here

Joseph Wilson Swan, English scientist and inventor, born today in 1828 - see July 24 

Chiang Kai-Shek, founder of Nationalist China, born today in 

Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of Wittenberg's Palace church, today in 

Lyndon Johnson announced a halt to the bombing of North Vietnam, today in 

Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, assassinated, today in 

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