Today is the 304th day of the year with only 61 days remaining until the new year.
1517 - Martin Luther nails his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.
1861 - Citing failing health, General Winfield Scott, resigns as Commander of the United States Army.
1864 - Nevada is admitted as the 36th state to the Union.
1876 - An immense and destructive cyclone ravages India. It is estimated to have killed 200,000 people.
1917 - The Battle of Beersheba occurs during the First World War. It is the last successful cavalry charge in history.
1926 - Magician Harry Houdini, dies of gangrene and peritonitus that developed after his appendix ruptured.
1941 - After nearly 14 years of work, the monument of Mount Rushmore is completed.
1943 - An F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception.
1944- Erich Gostl, a member of the Waffen SS, is awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, To recognize extreme battlefield bravery, after losing his face and eyes during the Battle of Normandy.
1961 - In the Soviet Union, longtime leader Joseph Stalin's body is removed from the tomb that holds Vladamir Lenin.
1999 - Yachtsman Jesse Martin, returns to Melbourne, Australia, after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop, and unassisted.
2002 - A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas, indicts former Enron Corporation chief financial officer Andrew Fastow, on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice, related to the collapse of his ex-employer.