Oct. 26, 1997


by Louis Jenkins

SUNDAY 10/26

Today's Reading: "Belief" by Louis Jenkins from JUST ABOVE WATER, published by Holy Cow! Press (1997).

Standard Time resumes today, the last Sunday of October.

Today is Reformation Sunday in Protestant churches.

Gary Trudeau's comic strip DOONESBURY first appeared on this day in 1970.

THE VILLAGE VOICE was first published in 1955, backed in part by Norman Mailer.

Today is the 50th birthday of Hillary Rodham Clinton, born in Chicago, in 1947. She enrolled in Yale Law School after a Harvard professor told her they didn't need any more female students.

Novelist Pat Conroy, author of THE PRINCE OF TIDES, was born in Atlanta, in 1944.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of World War II, ended in 1944 with the defeat of the Japanese navy.

Norway became independent with the election of Prince Charles of Denmark, Haaken VII, in 1905.

Aviator and writer Beryl Markham, the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west, was born in Clutterbuck, Leicestershire, England, in 1902.

Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, in 1901.

The famous Gunfight at the OK Corral took place in 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, with the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday fatally shooting Clanton and the McLowerys.

Food manufacturer Charles William Post, creator of "Grape Nuts" and "Post Toasties," was born in Springfield, Illinois, in 1854.

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