updated 10/26/2005 12:01:04 AM ET 2005-10-26T04:01:04

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2005. There are 66 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 26, 1881, the “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and “Doc” Holliday confronted Ike Clanton’s gang. Three members of Clanton’s gang were killed; Earp’s brothers were wounded.

On this date:
In 1774, the First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

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

In 1942, the U.S. ship Hornet was sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during World War II.

In 1957, the Soviet Union announced that defense minister Marshal Georgi Zhukov had been relieved of his duties.

In 1958, Pan American Airways flew its first Boeing 707 jetliner from New York to Paris in eight hours and 41 minutes.

In 1967, the Shah of Iran crowned himself and his queen after 26 years on the Peacock Throne.

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

In 1975, Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.

In 1977, the experimental space shuttle Enterprise glided 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 signed a peace treaty during an extravagant ceremony at the Israeli-Jordanian border attended by President Clinton.

Ten years ago: The House passed, 227-203, a Republican balanced-budget bill aimed at shrinking the federal government, cutting taxes and returning power to the states. Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shakaki was shot to death on the Mediterranean island of Malta in a killing his supporters blamed on Israel. The Cleveland Indians won their second game of the World Series by defeating the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in Game 5.

Five years ago: The New York Yankees became the first team in more than a quarter-century to win three straight World Series championships, beating the New York Mets 4-2 in game five of their “Subway Series.” (The Yankees matched the Oakland Athletics’ three in a row from 1972-74, and won their fourth title in five years.)

One year ago: The Federal Communications Commission gave its approval to Cingular Wireless LLC’s $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc. Israel’s parliament approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank. The final vote count in the Afghan presidential election gave a sounding victory to interim leader Hamid Karzai. The Boston Red Sox won game three of the World Series in St. Louis, defeating the Cardinals 4-1.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Shelley Morrison (“Will and Grace”) is 69. Actor Bob Hoskins is 63. Author Pat Conroy is 60. TV host Pat Sajak is 59. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is 58. Actress Jaclyn Smith is 58. Singer Maggie Roche (The Roches) is 54. Musician Bootsy Collins is 54. Actor James Pickens Jr. (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 53. Rock musician Keith Strickland (The B-52’s) is 52. Actor D.W. Moffett is 51. Actress Rita Wilson is 47. Actor Dylan McDermott is 44. Actor Cary Elwes is 43. Singer Natalie Merchant is 42. Country singer Keith Urban is 38. Actor Tom Cavanagh is 37. Singer Mark Barry (BBMak) is 27.

Thought for Today: “In the time of your life, live — so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it.” — William Saroyan, American author (1908-1981).

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