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.

OTD October 31 - Earl Lloyd
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1950: Earl Lloyd becomes the first black man to play in the National Basketball Association when he suits up for the Washington Capitols. Lloyd (seen here meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in 2010) scored six points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Capitols in a 78-70 loss to the Rochester Royals. Two other black players joined the NBA that season, with the Boston Celtics drafting Chuck Cooper in the second round and the New York Knicks acquiring Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton from the Harlem Globetrotters, but the Knicks and the Celtics didn't start their seasons until November.

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