On this day: October 31

Published: Oct 31 2012 12:59:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2014 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 - Louise Woodward
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1997: British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, convicted by a Cambridge, Massachusetts, jury of second-degree murder the day before in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen while he was in her care, is sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 15 years to be served. Eappen fell into a coma five days after being admitted to Children's Hospital in Boston and died on Feb. 9, 1997, of a fractured skull and subdural hematoma. Woodward's sentence was later reduced to time served (279 days) and she was freed.


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