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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1993: Italian film director Federico Fellini, one of the most influential filmmakers of the 20th century, dies at age 73 in Rome, Italy. In the months before his death, he had suffered two strokes and fallen into a coma. Fellini, who won five Academy Awards including the most number of Oscars in history for Best Foreign Language Film, is best known for films such as "La Strada," "La Dolce Vita" and "8½."