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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, October  26, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists.
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1774The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
1825The Erie Canal opened, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River in upstate New York.
1881Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and "Doc" Holliday confronted Ike Clanton's gang in a gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. Three members of Clanton's gang were killed; Earp's brothers were wounded.
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1962In one of the most dramatic verbal confrontations of the Cold War, American U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson asked his Soviet counterpart during a Security Council debate whether the USSR had placed missiles in Cuba.
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1972National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared "peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
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1984A newborn with a severe heart defect was given the heart of a baboon in an experimental transplant in Loma Linda, Calif. She lived for 21 more days.
1994Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty.
2002A hostage siege by Chechen rebels at a Moscow theater ended with 129 of the 800-plus captives dead, most from a knockout gas used by Russian special forces who stormed the theater.
2005The Chicago White Sox won their first World Series since 1917 by defeating the Houston Astros 1-0 in Game 4.
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Today's Birthdays:
Former secretary of state and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton turns 69 years old today.
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Jaclyn SmithActress ("Charlie's Angels")71
Pat SajakTV game show host ("Wheel of Fortune")70
Bootsy CollinsMusician65
Rita WilsonActress60
Dylan McDermottActor ("The Practice")55
Natalie MerchantRock singer (10,000 Maniacs)53
Tom CavanaghActor ("Ed")48
Rosemarie DeWittActress ("The United States of Tara")45
Anthony RappActor ("Rent")45
Seth MacFarlaneWriter, producer ("Family Guy")43
Jon HederActor ("Napoleon Dynamite")39
Sasha CohenFigure skater32
Country singer Keith Urban turns 49 years old today.
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