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OCTOBER 31

1802 Benoit Fourneyron (French Engineer) Benoit Fourneyron Turbines
1828 Joseph Wilson Swan (English Physicist and Chemist) Joseph Wilson Swan The Electric Light Thomas Edison Photography
1847 Galileo Ferraris (Italian Physicist) Italian Scientists and Mathematicians Physics
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1915 Silas Christofferson (Oregon Daredevil Pilot Killed in an Airplane Crash) Oregon Explorers and Aviators Aviation SalemOregon.com
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1900 8 Distinctive Earthquake Shocks Break North Florida Windows, Crack Plaster Florida Earthquakes Florida Historical Society
1935 In Alaska, a New Bridge Replaces the Ferry Service That Had Run between Juneau and Douglas Since 1880 Alaska Steamboat Bridges Alaska Historical Society
1956 Rear Admiral G. J. Dufek Lands an Airplane at the South Pole Antarctica Aviation Historic Firsts New York Times
1970 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 5 in New Guinea New Guinea Earthquake Death USGS
1991 Minnesota Receives Its Largest Single Snowfall on Record with 24-36" from Duluth to the Twin Cities Minnesota Snow Minnesota Historical Society

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