(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.
(Friday, October 26, 1962) — What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, a psychological thriller film about a crazed, aging star who torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion, premiered today in New York.
Directed by Robert Aldrich, the film starred Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Victor Buono.
(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.
(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.