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 - Selena
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1995: A Texas jury sentences Yolanda Saldivar to life in prison for the murder of Tejano music singer Selena (pictured). Saldivar had been the president of Selena's fan club and manager of the star's clothing business and was meeting with Selena to discuss allegations that Saldivar had embezzled money from her when the shooting occurred.

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