YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY

October 26 in history:

The Erie Canal, 363 miles long, opened on October 26th, 1825.  It allowed boats to travel by water continuously between the Hudson River at Albany, N.Y. and Lake Erie.

The route for the Pony Express mail service between Missouri and California was roughly two thousand miles, which could be covered by horses and riders in about 10 days.  When telegraph lines finally extended from coast to coast, there was no more need for the Pony Express.  The service shut down for good on October 26th, 1861.

A spacecraft has to travel several days from the earth to reach the far side of the moon.  The Soviet craft Lunik 3 took the first photographs ever made of the moon’s “dark side”.  The U.S.S.R. released those photos on this date in 1959.

Two women born on October 26th in the 1940s have come a long way, taking vastly different paths to fame:

Hillary Rodham (born 1947) was a student commencement speaker at Wellesley in 1969, and was featured in Life Magazine as a result.  Married Bill Clinton, became First Lady, elected U.S. Senator, was appointed secretary of state, and ran twice for president, winning the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Jaclyn Smith (born either 1945 or 1947) appeared in magazines in her twenties, as a model for Breck shampoo.  She was the only one of “Charlie’s Angels” to stay with the original series for its full five-year run.  And she also became a First Lady…playing Jackie Kennedy in a TV movie biography.

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