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On October 18th, 1931, inventor Thomas
Alva Edison died in West Orange, New Jersey, at
In 1767, the boundary between
Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line,
was agreed upon.
In 1867, the
United States took formal possession of Alaska
In 1892, the first
long-distance telephone line between Chicago and
New York was formally opened.
In 1898, the
American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly
before Spain formally relinquished control of the
island to the US.
In 1944, Soviet
troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War
In 1950, Connie
Mack, the "Grand Old Man" of major
league baseball, announced he was retiring as
manager of the Philadelphia Athletics.
In 1968, the US
Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and John
Carlos for giving a "black power"
salute as a protest during a victory ceremony in
In 1969, the
federal government banned artificial sweeteners
known as cyclamates because of evidence they
caused cancer in laboratory rats.
In 1982, former
first lady Bess Truman died at her home in
Independence, Missouri, at age 97.
In 1989, after 18
years in power, Erich Honecker was ousted as
leader of East Germany; he was succeeded by Egon
Ten years ago:
Iraq offered to sell its oil to anyone --
including the United States -- for $21 a barrel,
the same price level that preceded the invasion
Five years ago:
President Clinton, facing political fallout for
telling financial contributors that "I
raised your taxes too much," said he had no
regrets about the tax increase package he'd
signed into law in 1993.
One year ago:
Career prosecutor Robert Ray was sworn in to
replace Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and
wrap up the wide-ranging investigation of
President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham
Clinton. The New York Yankees won a record 36th
pennant, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-to-1 in
Game Five of the American League Championship
"The thinking of a
genius does not proceed logically. It leaps with
great ellipses. It pulls knowledge from God knows
Dorothy Thompson, American journalist