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 - Jesse Helms
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U.S. Senate Historical Office

1921: Jesse Helms, who would go on to become a five-term Republican U.S. senator from North Carolina and one of the most stridently conservative politicians of the post-1960 era, is born in Monroe, N.C.

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