On this day: October 26

Published On: Oct 25 2012 02:17:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2014 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 - Hattie McDaniel
27 / 42
Public domain

1952: Singer and actress Hattie McDaniel, who became the first black actor to win an Academy Award when she won Best Supporting Actress in 1940 for her role of Mammy in "Gone with the Wind," dies of breast cancer at the age of 57 in Woodland Hills, California.

Upload Photos / Videos