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 - Lincoln Highway
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1913: The Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road to cross the entire United States, is dedicated. The highway, America's first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, originally going through 13 states.