Daily Archives: October 26, 2012

‘St. Elsewhere’ debuts on NBC-TV 30 years ago this hour (1982)


Video: St. Elsewhere 'Pilot' (Oct. 26, 1982)

(Tuesday, October 26, 1982, 10:00 p.m. EDT)St. Elsewhere, a medical drama television series set at fictional St. Eligius, a decaying urban teaching hospital in Boston’s South End neighborhood, debuted tonight on NBC-TV. It starred Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd, William Daniels, David Birney, Ed Begley, Jr., Denzel Washington, Bonnie Bartlett, Christina Pickles, Mark Harmon, David Morse, Cynthia Sikes, Howie Mandel, Kim Miyori and Bruce Greenwood.

‘Peace Is at Hand’ in Vietnam, Kissinger says 40 years ago today (1972)


Video: Oct. 26, 1972 (6:32)

(Thursday, October 26, 1972, 11 days before the U.S. presidential election, during the Vietnam War) — Hours after Radio Hanoi broadcast key details of a draft peace agreement, which the South Vietnamese had adamantly rejected a few days before, American presidential advisor Henry Kissinger went on television today and declared “We believe that peace is at hand.” Continue reading ‘Peace Is at Hand’ in Vietnam, Kissinger says 40 years ago today (1972)

Krushchev offers deal to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: October 26, 1962 (at 4:25)

(Friday, October 26, 1962, day eleven of the Cuban missile crisis, part of the Cold War) — A Soviet-chartered freighter is stopped at the quarantine line today and searched for contraband military supplies. None are found and the ship is allowed to proceed to Cuba.

Meantime, ABC News reporter John Scali is approached by Aleksander Fomin of the Soviet embassy staff with a proposal for a solution to the crisis.

Later, a long, rambling letter from Soviet Premier Khrushchev to U.S. President Kennedy makes a similar offer: removal of the missiles in exchange for lifting the quarantine and a pledge that the U.S. will not invade Cuba. Continue reading Krushchev offers deal to remove Soviet missiles from Cuba 50 years ago today (1962)

Japanese planes badly damage USS Hornet in Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands 70 years ago today (1942)


Video: 'Battle of Santa Cruz 1942'

(Monday, October 26, 1942, part of the Pacific Theater of World War II) — Japanese planes badly damaged the aircraft carrier USS Hornet today in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. The Hornet sank early the next morning Hornet with the loss of 140 of her sailors; the battle itself ended in a tactical victory for Japan, but ultimately a strategic win for the Allies.