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On this day: October 26

Published On: Oct 25 2012 03:17:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Continental Congress
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Library of Congress

1774: The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, but agrees to reconvene in May 1775 if the British Parliament does not address their grievances over mounting taxation without representation and the British blockade of Boston Harbor following the Boston Tea Party.

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