On this day: October 26

Published: Oct 25 2012 03:17:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2014 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 - Seth MacFarlane
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1973: Animator, actor and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane is born in Kent, Connecticut. He is best known as the creator of the TV show "Family Guy," the co-creator of "American Dad!" and "The Cleveland Show," and the director of the movies "Ted" and "A Million Ways to Die in the West."


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