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This Day in History: Oct. 26

This Day in History: Oct. 26
Date Created: 1960-04-26 Copyright Notice: Other Folder Description: PONY EXPRESS Folder Extended Description: PONY EXPRESS Title: PONY EXPRESS Subject: PONY EXPRESS (Check with Baltimore Sun Photo)

In 1861, the legendary Pony Express officially ceased operations, giving way to the transcontinental telegraph. (The last run of the Pony Express was completed the following month.)

1774: The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

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1825: The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

1881: The "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" took place in Tombstone, Arizona.

1944: The World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf ended in a major Allied victory over Japanese forces, whose naval capabilities were badly crippled.

1949: President Harry S Truman signed a measure raising the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.

1965: The Beatles received MBE medals as Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

1984: "Baby Fae," a newborn with a severe heart defect, was given the heart of a baboon in an experimental transplant in Loma Linda, Calif. (Baby Fae lived 21 days with the animal heart.)

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