(Friday, October 31, 1952, 2:15 p.m. EST/Saturday, November 1, 1952, 7:15 a.m. local time ) — The United States today exploded the first hydrogen bomb, code-named “Ivy Mike,” at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It produced a yield estimated in the range of 10.4–12 megatons of TNT.
Video: 'Republicans campaign for President 1932' (Oct. 31, 1932 at 1:57)
(Monday, October 31, 1932, evening, during the 1932 presidential campaign) — In a campaign speech to an overflow crowd tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York, U.S. President Herbert Hoover declared that the “inchoate new deal,” proposed by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and his supporters would “destroy the very foundations of our government and crack the timbers of the Constitution.”
Video: 'Vice-Presidents of the United States' (Sherman at 2:15)
(Wednesday, October 30, 1912, 9:42 p.m. EDT) — Vice President James S. Sherman, running for a second term of office with President William Howard Taft, died today of Bright’s disease in Utica, New York, just six days before Election Day. Sherman, 57, was replaced with Nicholas Murray Butler, but Taft, the Republican candidate, ended up losing in an Electoral College landslide to Democrat Woodrow Wilson.