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Today is Thursday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2006. There are 66 days left in the year. On this date in 1881, the "Gunfight at the OK Corral" takes place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two



Published: Thu, October 26, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Today is Thursday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2006. There are 66 days left in the year. On this date in 1881, the "Gunfight at the OK Corral" takes place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and "Doc" Holliday confront Ike Clanton's gang. Three members of Clanton's gang are killed; Earp's brothers are wounded.

In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia. In 1825, the Erie Canal opens in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River. In 1942, the U.S. ship Hornet is sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during World War II. In 1957, the Soviet Union announces that defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov has been relieved of his duties. In 1958, Pan American Airways flies its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours and 41 minutes. In 1967, the Shah of Iran crowns himself and his queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne. In 1972, national security adviser Henry Kissinger declares, "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam. In 1975, Anwar Sadat becomes the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States. In 1977, the experimental space shuttle Enterprise glides to a bumpy but successful landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. In 1994, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and Prime Minister Abdel Salam Majali of Jordan sign a peace treaty during an extravagant ceremony at the Israeli-Jordanian border attended by President Clinton.

October 26, 1981: More than 600 people, many of them fellow police officers and firefighters, attend the funeral of Mahoning County Reserve sheriff's deputy John "Sonny" Litch. The Rev. Branimir Radetic eulogizes Litch as a man who "was always willing and ready to help everyone."

Elsie W. Dieter, president of the Youngstown Board of Education who had also been active in Republican Party politics, is pronounce dead of a heart attack at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was 69.

Cleveland Browns Quarterback Brian Sipes leads the Browns to a 42-28 rout over the Baltimore Colts, setting team records of 562 total yards and 444 yards passing.

October 26, 1966: Two Youngstown district men are among the 33 members of the Fred Waring Pennsylvanians injured when their bus crashes into the rear of a tractor-trailer near Somerset on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Jerome Toti of Campbell and James Wheeler of Stoneboro, both singers with the orchestra, are hospitalized in fair condition.

A Lake-Erie-to-Ohio River canal would bring 15 billion in new industry to the area, U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan tells a crowd at the Trumbull County Federation of Labor Union Hall in Warren.

Volunteer Fireman Josh Eakins is credited with saving the life of his 12-year-old nephew, Charles Snowden, after the boy came into contact with a high tension line while climbing a tree near his home. The boy is in St. Joseph Hospital with burns of his left hand and right leg.

October 26, 1956: Youngstown University buys the property at 427 Bryson St. for possible use of a new science building, extending its holdings to all buildings fronting the east side of Bryson Street between Lincoln Avenue and Spring Street.

Youngstown narcotics squad arrests a 26-year-old Center Street parolee after finding 500 worth of heroin in the headband of his hat.

Thomas E. Hoyt, 28, of Poland, who was stricken by polio at 16 and went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees despite partial paralysis of both arms, dies of a heart attack at his home.

October 26, 1931: The Rev. George Ford, executive secretary of the Federal Churches of Youngstown for 10 years, is offered a post as executive secretary of the United Churches of Lackawanna County, Pa., in Scranton.

Clarence H. Sears, 65, of Chillicothe, Ohio's prohibition commissioner, drops dead at his residence while shaving.

Ruth Nichols lands her Lockheed-Vega monoplane at Bowman Field in Louisville, Ohio, 14 hours after taking off from Oakland, Calif., after being blown off course while attempting to set a woman's nonstop distance record. When she attempts to take off in the morning, the plane catches fire while warming up and she barely escapes the flames by leaping from a window of the cockpit.




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