On this day: October 31

Published On: Oct 31 2012 12:59:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 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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1541: Michelangelo finishes painting "The Last Judgment" on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. The work, which depicts the second coming of Christ and the final judgment by God of all humanity, took Michelangelo four years to complete, with the Renaissance master beginning work on it some 20 years after having finished the Sistine Chapel ceiling.