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This day in history

Friday, Oct. 26, is the 300th day of 2012. There are 66 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Former Senator Edward Brooke III (R-Mass.) is 93. Actor Bob Hoskins is 70. Author Pat Conroy is 67. Actress Jaclyn Smith is 67. TV host Pat Sajak is 66. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is 65. Actor Dylan McDermott is 51. Actor Cary Elwes is 50. Singer Natalie Merchant is 49. Country singer Keith Urban is 45. Writer-director-producer Seth MacFarlane is 39. Actor Jon Heder is 35. In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

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In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

In 1861, the Pony Express ceased operations.

In 1881, the ‘‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’’ took place in Tombstone, Ariz.

In 1902, women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton died in New York at age 86.

In 1972, national security adviser Henry Kissinger declared, ‘‘Peace is at hand’’ in Vietnam.

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