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Calendar for October 26th, 2012

1820s

  • 1825: Erie Canal opened in New York State

  • 1850s

  • Born 1854: Charles William Post (manufacturer)

  • 1860s

  • Born 1865: Benjamin Guggenheim (businessman)

  • 1880s

  • 1881: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Tombstone, Arizona

  • 1900s

  • Died 1902: Elizabeth Cady Stanton (feminist)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1911: Mahalia Jackson (singer)

  • Born 1914: Jackie Coogan (actor)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1942: Bob Hoskins (actor)

  • Born 1946: Pat Sajak (game show host, Wheel of Fortune)

  • Born 1947: Hillary Rodham Clinton (U.S. First Lady, Secretary of State)

  • Born 1947: Jaclyn Smith (actress)

  • 1949: President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour

  • 1950s

  • Died 1952: Hattie McDaniel (actress)

  • Born 1958: Rita Wilson (actress)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: Dylan McDermott (actor)

  • Born 1967: Keith Urban (singer)

  • 1970s

  • 1970: Garry Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury debuted

  • Died 1972: Igor Sikorsky (helicopter pioneer)

  • Born 1973: Seth MacFarlane (animator)

  • Born 1977: Jon Heder (actor)

  • 1979: A 1,496-pound tuna was caught near Aulds Cove, Nova Scotia

  • 1980s

  • 1982: St. Elsewhere made its television debut

  • 1990s

  • Died 1993: Harold Rome (composer)

  • 1993: Michael Jackson received a patent for shoes that allow the wearer to lean far forward

  • 2000s

  • 2003: Toronto's Rob Krueger became the World Rock Paper Scissors champion

  • 2003: At a Farmers Market in Windsor, California, a record-setting pumpkin pie, weighing 418 pounds, was served. (The record was beaten in 2010.)

  • 2010s

  • 2011: A 2,000-pound 8-foot-long cannon belonging to the infamous pirate Blackbeard was pulled from waters near Beaufort, North Carolina


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