AP Highlight in History: On Oct. 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or eavesdrop in their pursuit of possible terrorists.
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The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
The Erie Canal opened, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River in upstate New York.
Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and "Doc" Holliday confronted Ike Clanton's gang in a gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. Three members of Clanton's gang were killed; Earp's brothers were wounded.
In one of the most dramatic verbal confrontations of the Cold War, American U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson asked his Soviet counterpart during a Security Council debate whether the USSR had placed missiles in Cuba. Read the original AP story
National security adviser Henry Kissinger declared "peace is at hand" in Vietnam.
National security adviser Henry Kissinger
A newborn with a severe heart defect was given the heart of a baboon in an experimental transplant in Loma Linda, Calif. She lived for 21 more days.
Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty.
A hostage siege by Chechen rebels at a Moscow theater ended with 129 of the 800-plus captives dead, most from a knockout gas used by Russian special forces who stormed the theater.
The Chicago White Sox won their first World Series since 1917 by defeating the Houston Astros 1-0 in Game 4.