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Today in History

October 18

Events:

1851   Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville, is first published

1867   United States purchases Alaska from Russia for $7.2M. This day is celebrated annually as Alaska Day.

1898   United States takes possession of Puerto Rico.

1925   The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN opens.

1954   Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio

1968   Bob Beamon makes an amazing long jump and sets a world record of 8.90m

1977   Reggie Jackson hits three consecutive home runs in a baseball game.

Famous Birthdays:

1926   Chuck Berry (Singer)

1928   Keith Jackson (Sports Commentator)

1935   Peter Boyle (Actor)

1939   Mike Ditka (Former NFL Football Coach)

1939   Lee Harvey Oswald (Assassin of President Kennedy)

1956   Martina Navratilova (Tennis Player)

1984   Lindsey Vonn (Gold Medal Skier)

1987   Zac Efron (Actor High School Musical)

Today in History Archive:

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