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 - Jane Pauley
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1950: News anchor Jane Pauley, best known for her 13-year tenure on NBC's "Today" program, followed by 12 years as co-host of "Dateline NBC," is born in Indianapolis.