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Moments in time




 

 

• On Oct. 19, 1869, work begins on one of the most ambitious Western engineering projects of the day: a 4-mile-long tunnel through the solid rock of the Comstock Lode mining district in Nevada to divert water. The tunnel drained some 2 million gallons of water from the mines per year.

• On Oct. 23, 1925, John William Carson, who would become famous as the longtime host of the popular late- night TV program “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” is born in Corning, Iowa. Carson hosted “The Tonight Show” on NBC for 30 years, from 1962 to 1992.

• On Oct. 20, 1944, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur wades ashore onto the Philippine island of Leyte, fulfi lling his promise to return to the area he was forced to flee in 1942 under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt. He had left behind 90,000 American and Filipino troops, only onethird of whom survived to see his return.

• On Oct. 17, 1968, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos are forced to return their awards because they raised their fists in a Black Power salute during the medal ceremony in Mexico City. (c) 2011 King Features Synd.


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