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 - Wayne Gretzky
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1990: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first NHL player to reach 2,000 points after recording an assist at Winnipeg. Gretzky would retire in 1999 with 2,857 points, and no other NHL player has yet to top the 2,000-point plateau.


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