On this day: October 31

Published On: Oct 31 2012 12:59:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

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.

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1968: Hoping to sway the election for Democratic nominee Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, President Lyndon B. Johnson cites progress with the Paris peace talks in announcing to the nation a complete cessation of "all air, naval and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam" effective Nov. 1. In the end, Democrats did not fully unite behind Humphrey, enabling Republican candidate Richard Nixon to win the election.