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 - Richard Jewell
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1996: Federal prosecutors clear Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Discovering a pipe bomb on the park grounds on July 27, 1996, Jewell alerted police and helped to evacuate the area before the bomb exploded. Initially hailed by the media as a hero, Jewell was later considered a suspect. Jewell was never officially charged, but the FBI searched his home, questioned his associates, investigated his background and maintained 24-hour surveillance of him.

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