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This Day in History for October 18

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1867 – Alaska Purchase: US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, having paid $7.2 million.

1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household use.

1892 – 1st commercial long-distance phone line opens (Chicago-NY)

1921 – Charles Strite granted US patent #1,394,450 for is invention, the automatic pop-up toaster.

1929 – Women are considered “Persons” under Canadian law.

1939 – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s musical “Too Many Girls” premieres in NYC.

1943 – US bombing of Bougainville, Solomon Island.

1952 – Date of the first “Mad Magazine” issue.

1954 – WBTW TV channel 13 in Florence, SC (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting.

1960 – Casey Stengal retired by NY Yankees (won 10 pennants in 12 years)

1963 – IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics.

1967 – MLB American League votes to allow Kansas City to move to Oakland, California & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with Kansas City & Seattle teams – later accelerated to 1969 due to pressure from Kansas City politicians.

1973 – Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar and dollar coin.

1981 – NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game.

1988 – “Roseanne” TV comedy starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf premieres in the US on ABC.

1992 – 1st non-American team to win a Baseball World Series game: Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 5-4 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

2009 – QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdown passes against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter.

2012 – Google stock trading suspended after premature release of a quarterly report indicating a 20% drop in profits and a 9% fall in share price.

2016 – US White House says it is “confident” Russia behind recent email hacking and attempts to influence US election.

2019 – 1st all-female spacewalk by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir outside the International Space Station.