This day in history, Oct. 24, 2016

Today is Monday, Oct. 24, the 298th day of 2016. There are 68 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On Oct. 24, 1962, a naval quarantine of Cuba ordered by President John F. Kennedy went into effect during the missile crisis.

On this date:

Those Who Served: When cargo plane came under fire, he saved a life

SIDNEY — Bill Hensch saved a man shot in the back on a cargo plane. To this day, he doesn't even know if the soldier was American or Vietnamese.

Hensch, 73, an Iowa native, enlisted in the Air Force to avoid the draft into the Army in the Vietnam War, and served from 1964 to 1968, then had a long career in the Illinois State Police.

Willie Brown: 'I think of them as my angel'

CHAMPAIGN — Firefighters Greg Elliott and Lieutenant Andy Quarnstrom said it's rare for a routine life saved by CPR to affect them more than a year later.

This day in history, Oct. 23, 2016

Today is Sunday, Oct. 23, the 297th day of 2016. There are 69 days left in the year.

Today's highlight in history:

On Oct. 23, 1956, a student-sparked revolt against Hungary's Communist rule began; as the revolution spread, Soviet forces started entering the country, and the uprising was put down within weeks.

On this date:

Tom Kacich: Map amendment opposition group's backers revealed

All summer long one of the mysteries of Illinois politics was who was bankrolling The People's Map, the rather opaque group that waged the legal fight to keep a legislative redistricting issue off the Nov. 8 ballot.

The redistricting question, supported by Gov. Bruce Rauner and the signatures of about 600,000 Illinoisans, was knocked off the ballot in a court ruling last summer.

Getting Personal: John Dunkelberger

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 70-year-old Urbana resident John Dunkelberger, who is retired from the Urbana Free Library, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli. The world traveler works on Saturdays for Blue Moon Farm at Market at the Square in Urbana.

What interests you the most right now?

Mahomet: Something fun's brewing

The business district here is short and sweet. You can walk it in a few minutes and see a lot of variety.

A few years ago, said Justin Taylor of J.T. Walker's, a popular eatery with its own brewery, the street mainly had antique stores. Then there was a phase where empty storefronts gave the street a look of poor dental hygiene.

Letter from Birdland: Devil's Lake: A hiker's paradise

In Birdland, we're on the cusp of fall, and the west wind blows hot and cold. Today was hot, while yesterday's wind had a pleasant chill.

I'm still thinking about the hiking we did last weekend, and I promised to tell you about the trails we took.

Area history, Oct. 23, 2016

Today is Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

Reluctant Townie: Navigating a haunted house by yourself

Halloween is the best. Scary stories. Pumpkin patches. Enough free candy to keep your dentist in business through the new year.