For people who watch the calendar, Oct. 15 is a significant date. It was on this day in 1583 that the Gregorian calendar - the most widely used calendar in the world - went into effect in the Papal States by decree of Pope Gregory XIII. It was soon adopted in other countries as well.

Oct. 15 is a date notable to historians for other reasons as well, according to information provided by The Associated Press. In 1917, Mata Hari, the Dutch dancer who spied for the Germans, was executed by a firing square outside Paris. On this date in 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin made the first commercial flight across the Atlantic Ocean, landing at Lakehurst, N.J. In 1951, the situation comedy “I Love Lucy” starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made its debut on CBS Television.

Texans will also recognize this date as the prescribed ideal planting time for the famous Texas 1015 sweet onion, which will be harvested in the spring.

Local residents who pick up a copy of the Brownwood Bulletin each day, or who click on its portal through the World Wide Web, can also claim Oct. 15 as a significant date. It was on Oct. 15, 1900, that the Bulletin made its debut as a daily publication, joining a dominant weekly newspaper with a similar name that had been in operation for several years.

That makes this the “birthday” for the Brownwood Bulletin, and the observance is marked by the changing of the “volume” number on the front page from 108 to 109. The issue number also reverts to “No. 1.”

At lot has changed in Brown County since October 1900, a time that calendar purists will argue was still in the fading months of the 19th century. Even a casual observer will recognize that most of those changes have come in more recent years. The newspaper has changed, too, moving from an afternoon to morning publication, changing from publishing six days to seven days a week, and creating and expanding its online edition - to name a few.

More changes lie in ahead, without doubt, for all of us - and that is inevitable regardless of the outcome of November’s elections. Those changes can be beneficial for the entire community as long as the spirit of working for the public good remains strong among our local citizens and institutions.

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