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 - John Keats
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National Portrait Gallery, London

1795: Poet John Keats, whose poems and letters are some of the most popular and most analyzed in English literature today, is born in London, England. Among his best-known works are "Ode to a Nightingale," "Ode to a Grecian Urn," "Bright Star" and "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," however, he found little success during his lifetime, with his reputation growing only after his death.

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