TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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1825

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

1881

The “Gun­fight at the O.K. Cor­ral” took place in Tomb­stone, Ari­zona, as Wy­att Earp, his two broth­ers and “Doc” Hol­l­i­day con­fronted Ike Clan­ton’s gang.

1979

South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Chung-hee was shot to death by the head of the Korean Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency, Kim Jae-kyu.

1984

“Baby Fae,” a new­born with a se­vere heart de­fect, was given the heart of a ba­boon in an ex­per­i­men­tal trans­plant in Loma Linda, Cal­i­for­nia. (Baby Fae lived 21days with the an­i­mal heart.)

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