Today in History: October 18, USA gets Alaska
Today in History
Today is Tuesday, October 18, the 291st day of 2022. There are 74 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On October 18, 1867, the United States officially took possession of Alaska from Russia.
To this date :
In 1648, shoemakers in Boston were allowed to form a guild to protect their interests; it is the first registered American labor organization.
In 1892, the first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was officially opened (it could only handle one call at a time).
In 1898, the American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain officially ceded control of the island to the United States.
In 1954, Texas Instruments unveiled the Regency TR-1, the first commercially produced transistor radio.
In 1962, James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for determining the molecular double helix structure of DNA.
In 1968, the US Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a “black power” salute in protest at a victory ceremony in Mexico City.
In 1969, the federal government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates (SY’-kluh-maytz) due to evidence that they caused cancer in lab rats.
In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, overriding President Richard Nixon’s veto.
In 1977, West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa airliner on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages and killing three of the four hijackers.
In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum, 26, was taken off life support six days after shooting himself in the head with a pistol loaded with a blank cartridge on the set of his show TV show “Cover Up”.
In 2001, CBS News reported that an employee of anchor Dan Rather’s office had tested positive for cutaneous anthrax. Four followers of Osama bin Laden have been sentenced in New York to life without parole for their role in the deadly 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.
In 2010, four men trapped in an FBI sting were convicted of plotting to blow up New York synagogues and shoot down military planes with the help of a paid informant who convinced them he was a terrorist. (James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were each sentenced to 25 years in prison.)
Ten years ago: The 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled that a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman was unconstitutional. (The following June, the Supreme Court would use this case to strike down provisions barring legally married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits that were otherwise available to married couples.)
Five years ago: President Donald Trump has dismissed allegations that he disrespected the grieving family of a slain US soldier during a phone call to the family. Instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show in Nashville, singer Jason Aldean and other stars paid tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
A year ago: Colin Powell, a pioneer soldier and diplomat who was the first black person to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and also the first to serve as Secretary of State, died at 84 from complications of COVID-19. Jury selection has begun in the trial of three white men accused of fatally shooting a black man, Ahmaud Arbery, while running in their Georgia neighborhood. (All three would be convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.) Lawyers say the families of those killed, injured and scarred in the 2018 Florida high school massacre have reached a $25 million settlement. with the Broward County School District.
Today’s birthdays: College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka turns 83. Singer-musician Russ Giguere is 79 years old. Actor Joe Morton is 75 years old. Actor Pam Dawber is 72 years old. Author Terry McMillan is 71 years old. Writer-producer Chuck Lorre is 70 years old. singer Vickie Winans is 69 years old. Director-screenwriter David Twohy (TOO’-ee) is 67 years old. International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova is 66. Actor Jon Lindstrom is 65 years old. International Hall of Fame boxer Thomas Hearns is 64 years old. Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is 62 years old. Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis is 61 years old. Actor Vincent Spano is 60 years old. Rock musician Tim Cross is 56 years old. The Nonchalant singer is 55 years old. Former tennis player Michael Stich (shteek) is 54 years old. Actor Joy Bryant is 48 years old. Rock musician Peter Svensson (The Cardigans) is 48 years old. Actor Wesley Jonathan is 44 years old. R&B singer-actor Ne-Yo is 43 years old. Country singer Josh Gracin is 42 years old. Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn is 38 years old. Jazz singer and musician Esperanza Spalding is 38 years old. -the model Freida Pinto is 38 years old. Actor Zac Efron is 35 years old. Actor Joy Lauren is 33 years old. U Brittney Griner, Olympic and WNBA basketball star, is 32 years old. TV personality Bristol Palin is 32 years old. Actor Tyler Posey is 31 years old. Actor Toby Regbo is 31 years old.