This Day in History

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Today in HistoryToday is Sunday, Oct. 18, the 292nd day of 2020. There are 74 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On Oct. 18, 1944, Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.On this date:In 1867, the United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.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 formally relinquished control of the island to the U-S.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 honored with the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.In 1968, the U.S. Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a “Black power” salute as a protest during a victory ceremony in Mexico City.In 1969, the federal government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates (SY’-kluh-maytz) because of evidence they caused cancer in laboratory rats.In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, overriding President Richard Nixon’s veto.In 1977, West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner on the …

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