On this day: October 18

Published On: Oct 17 2012 12:34:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 18 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

Herman Melville's masterpiece is printed, the U.S. takes possession of Alaska and Puerto Rico, "West Side Story" premieres, and Reggie Jackson goes deep three times in the World Series, all on this day.

OTD October 18 - long-distance line
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1892: The American Telephone and Telegraph Company opens the first long-distance telephone line, between Chicago and New York. The circuit could handle only one call at a time and the price was $9 for the first five minutes.

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