On this day: October 26

Published: 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 - Mahalia Jackson
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Library of Congress

1911: Singer and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson, one of the most influential gospel singers and known as "The Queen of Gospel," is born in New Orleans.

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