On this day: October 26

POSTED: 12:17 PM PDT Oct 25, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 25, 2012 

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 - Rita Wilson
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1956: Actress and singer Rita Wilson, who is married to Tom Hanks and has appeared in movies such as "Volunteers," "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "Sleepless in Seattle," is born under the birth name Margarita Ibrahimoff in Los Angeles.

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