OCTOBER 26: The Daily Flashback

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1825: The 363-mile Erie Canal opened, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River at a cost of $7,602,000.
1881: The Gunfight at the OK Corral took place in Tombstone, Arizona, between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday vs. the Ike Clanton Gang.
1949: President Harry Truman raised the minimum wage from 40 to 75 cents an hour.
1955: The first issue of The Village Voice was published.
1961: Bob Dylan signed his first recording contract with Columbia Records.
1965: The Beatles were awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) medals.
1969: Waylon Jennings married Jessi Colter.
1970: “Doonesbury,” the comic strip by Gary Trudeau, premiered in 28 newspapers across the U.S.
1985: Whitney Houston scored her first No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 when “Saving All My Love For You” reached the top spot. So do her next six singles, too.

1990: Wayne Gretzky became the first NHL player to reach 2,000 points.
1998: Fats Domino was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President Bill Clinton.
2001: Courtney Love played her first solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California.
2002: Jessica Simpson married Nick Lachey.
2010: Keith Richards’ autobiography, Life, was published.

BIRTHDAYS
1685: Domenico Scarlatti
1911: Mahalia Jackson
1913: Charlie Barnett
1951: Bootsy Collins
1953: Keith Strickland
1963: Natalie Merchant
1967: Keith Urban
1971: Anthony Rapp

DEATHS
1999: Hoyt Axton

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