On this day: October 31

POSTED: 10:59 PM Oct 30 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Oct 31 2014

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 Houseman
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1988: Romanian-born American actor and director John Houseman, best known for his role as Professor Charles Kingsfield in the 1973 film "The Paper Chase," for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, dies of spinal cancer at age 86 in Malibu, California.

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