Oct. 6, 1996

Sunday rides always ended at Al Bott's drugstore…

by Donald Hall


Today's Reading:"Sunday rides always ended at Al Bott's drugstore..." by Donald Hall, an excerpt from his book THE OLD LIFE, published by Houghton Miflin Co. (1996).

The annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet takes place today at the Church of Saints Peter and Paul and Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

The Twin Cities Marathon takes place today with runners starting out in Minneapolis and crossing the finish line in Saint Paul.

Today is Ivy Day in Ireland, when sprigs of ivy are worn in lapels to commemorate the death of Irish nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated on this day in 1981 while reviewing a military parade near Cairo.

The first American feature film that 'talked' opened on this day New York City in 1927 with Al Jolson--THE JAZZ SINGER.

Norwegian explorer and ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl, remembered for sailing his raft KON-TIKI across the Pacific, was born on this day in Larvik, Norway, 1914.

It's the birthday of Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters) who starred in a string of screwball comedies including MY MAN GODFREY and MR. AND MRS. SMITH. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1908.

It was on this day in 1883 that the ORIENT EXPRESS train completed its first run from Paris to Canstantinople. It took about 78 hours.

The American Library Association was founded on this day in 1876 in Philadelphia.

It's the birthday of inventor and manufacturer George Westinghouse, who received more than 100 patents during his life including air brakes for trains. He was born in Central Bridge, New York , in 1846.

The Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind (Johanna Maria Lind), was born on this day in 1820 in Stockholm.

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