On this day: October 26

Published On: Oct 25 2012 02:17:52 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 26 2012 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Leyte Gulf
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U.S. Navy

1944: World War II's Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines ends with an overwhelming American victory. The battle, the largest naval battle in history, is also notable as the first battle in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized kamikaze attacks.

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