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This Day in History for October 26

1492 – Lead (graphite) pencils first used.

1858 – Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine in Pittsburgh.

1881 – Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed.

1916 – American sex educator Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)

1927 – Duke Ellington sings “Creole Love Song”

1940 – The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight.

1949 – US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents.

1951 – Future world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano defeats former champion Joe Louis by TKO in the 8th round at Madison Square Garden.

1954 – Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine.

1958 – PanAm flies first transatlantic jet from New York to Paris.

1962 – JFK warns Russia that the USA will not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba.

1970 – “Doonesbury” comic strip debuts in 28 newspapers.

1972 – Edwin Land introduces the first truly instant camera the Polaroid SX-70 camera at an event in Miami, Florida.

1980 – St. Louis Cards sack Baltimore Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times.

1982 – US budget deficit reaches more than $110 trillion for fiscal year 1982.

1988 – Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2M for 4 months’ advisory services.

1993 – NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

2014 – American tennis star Serena Williams beats Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-0 to successfully defend her WTA Finals title in Kallang, Singapore.

2015 – World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic.

2017 – US President Donald Trump declares the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

2019 – Raid by US Special Forces kills ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria.

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