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Thursday, October 26, 2000


We're urging through the month of November that health care providers focus first on immunizing the elderly, the chronically ill and women who will be in their second or third trimester of pregnancy during the flu season.

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, calling for groups at the highest risk for complications from the flu to receive their flu shots first amid delayed shipments of influenza vaccine.


today's events

  • Austria celebrates its national day.
  • Diwali, a festival of lights commemorating the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, is scheduled to be held throughout India. The festival is to last five days.
  • Robert Yates Jr. is expected to be sentenced in Washington in a plea bargain for a guilty plea to 13 murders. The 18-year Army veteran is accused of targeting mostly female prostitutes or drug addicts.

on the horizon

  • On Friday, October 27, a hearing for former physician Michael Swango, who has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the deaths of three patients, is scheduled in Uniondale, New York.
  • On Saturday, October 28, public testimony is scheduled to begin, for the second time, in the Governor's Columbine Review Commission in Golden, Colorado. The commission was established to hear witness accounts of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado.
  • On Sunday, October 29, much of the world will turn their clocks back as Standard Time resumes at 2 a.m.
  • On Monday, October 30, the two-day Banff Mountain Summit, celebrating the millennium and marking the 25th anniversary of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, is to open at Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • On Tuesday, October 31, Hallowe'en, an ancient event that combines Christian customs and Druid autumn festival, is to be held.


Learn more about Diwali. Click here.


  • Actress Jaclyn Smith is 53.
  • Writer Pat Conroy is 55.
  • Actor Dylan McDermott is 38.
  • Game show host Pat Sajak is 54.

on this day

  • In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
  • In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.
  • In 1958, Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours and 41 minutes.
  • In 1968, the Soviet Union launched the Soyuz III rocket, manned by Col. Georgi Beregovoy, which orbited Earth 64 times before returning with the unmanned Soyuz II.
  • In 1975, Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.
  • In 1977, the experimental space shuttle Enterprise glided to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
  • In 1994, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan signed a peace treaty during a ceremony attended by U.S. President Bill Clinton.


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