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 - Jon Heder
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1977: Actor Jon Heder, best known for playing the title character in the 2004 movie "Napoleon Dynamite," is born in Fort Collins, Colorado. He's also appeared in movies such as "Blades of Glory," "The Benchwarmers" and "When in Rome."


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