The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.
1984: Figure skater Sasha Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist and the 2006 U.S. Champion, is born in Los Angeles.
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