On Your Birthday: October 26



1774 – The First Continental Congress of the United States adjourned in Philadelphia.

1825 – The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York. The 363-mile canal connected Lake Erie and the Hudson River. The cost to build the canal was $7,602,000.

1854 – Charles William Post was born. He was the inventor of “Grape Nuts,” “Postum” and “Post Toasties” cereals.

1858 – The rotary motion washing machine was patented by H.E. Smith

1861 – The Pony Express officially ceases operations.

1881 – The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, AZ. The fight was between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday and the Ike Clanton Gang.

1936 – The first electric generator at Hoover Dam goes into full operation.

1949 – President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.

1958 – Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York, NY to Paris, France.

1965 – The Beatles were made Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace presided over by Queen Elizabeth

1970 – “Doonesbury,” the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S. Mel Lazarus’s “Momma” also debuted on this day.

1977 – The experimental Space Shuttle Enterprise successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

1984 – “Baby Fae” was given the heart of baboon after being born with a severe heart defect. She lived for 21 days with the animal heart.

1988 – Two whales were freed by Soviet and American icebreakers. The whales had been trapped for nearly 3 weeks in an Arctic ice pack.

1990 – Wayne Gretzky became the first NHL player to reach 2,000 points.

1991 – Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry arrived at a federal correctional institution in Petersburg, VA, to begin serving a six-month sentence for cocaine possession.

1992 – General Motors Corp. Chairman Robert Stempel resigned after the company recorded its highest losses in history.

1996 – Federal prosecutors cleared Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic park bombing.

1998 – A U.S. federal judge refused to issue an injunction against the sale of MP3 players. The device is used to play music downloaded from the Internet. The Recording Industry Association of America had brought the case to court.

2001 – The United States passes the U.S.A. Patriot Acd into law.

2001 – It was announced that Fort Worth’s Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the “joint strike fighter,” was the largest defense contract in history.

2010 – Charlie Sheen trashes a New York hotel room in a fit of rage and has to be removed by police. A porn star (and reputed call girl) is discovered locked in the bathroom. Sheen is not charged.



Jaclyn Smith 1945 – Actress (TV’s “Charlie’s Angels”)

Keith Hopwood 1946 – Singer, musician (Herman’s Hermits)

Pat Sajak 1946 – TV host (TV’s “Wheel of Fortune”, “The Pat Sajack Show”)

Hillary Rodham Clinton 1947 – Former first lady and Senator from New York State was Barack Obama’s principal Democratic rival in the 2008 presidential campaign, then became his Secretary of State. She again became a presidential candidate in 2015.

Keith Strickland 1953 – Musician (B-52s)

Lauren Tewes 1953 – Actress (TV’s “The Love Boat”)

James Pickens, Jr. 1954 – Actor (TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The X-Files”)

D.W. Moffett 1954 – Actor (TV’s “Friday Night Lights”)

Rita Wilson 1956 – Actress (“Sleepless in Seattle”, “Mixed Nuts”, “Runaway Bride”, “Auto Focus”, “Jingle All the Way”)

Dylan McDermott 1961 – Actor (TV’s “The Practice,” “Dark Blue”, “American Horror Story”)

Cary Elwes 1962 – Actor (“Twister”, “Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book”, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”, “Saw”,”The Princess Bride”)

Thomas Cavanagh 1963 – Actor (TV’s “Ed”)

Natalie Merchant 1963 – Musician (10,000 Maniacs)

Keith Urban 1967 – Singer

Rosemarie DeWitt 1971 – Actress (TV’s “The United States of Tara”, “Standoff”)

Anthony Rapp 1971 – Actor (“Rent”)

Seth MacFarlane 1973 – Writer, producer (TV’s “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, “The Cleveland Show”, movies “Ted”, “A Million Ways to Die in the West”)

Jon Heder 1977 – Actor (“Napoleon Dynamite”, “Blades of Glory”, “School for Scoundrels”, “Just Like Heaven”)

Sasha Cohen 1984 – Figure skater

Emilia Clarke 1986 – Actress (TV’s “Game of Thrones”)



Howl At The Moon Day

Mincemeat Day

Pumpkin Day


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