On this day: October 26

POSTED: 12:17 PM PDT Oct 25, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 25, 2015 

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 - Boeing 707
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National Air And Space Museum

1958: Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France. While not the first jetliner in service, the Boeing 707 would be the first to prove commercially successful and would dominate passenger air transport in the 1960s and remain common through the 1970s.


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