On this day: October 26

Published On: Oct 25 2012 02:17:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2015 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, "Baby Fae" gets a baboon heart, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.

OTD October 26 - Natalie Merchant
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1963: Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant, who left the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1993 and has since released five solo albums, including the five-times-Platinum "Tigerlily" and the platinum-certified "Ophelia," is born in Jamestown, New York.

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