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 - Puerto Rico
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1898: The United States takes possession of Puerto Rico, with the last Spanish troops leaving San Juan for Spain. Here, the United States flag is raised over San Juan for the first time.

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