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 - Bess Truman
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1982: Bess Truman, the first lady of the United States from 1945 to 1953 as the wife of President Harry S. Truman, dies at age 97 in Independence, Missouri. She lived the longest of any U.S. first lady.

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