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 - Lufthansa Flight 181
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1977: Five days after it was hijacked and a day after it landed in Mogadishu, Somalia, Lufthansa Flight 181 is stormed by a team of German GSG 9 commandos, who rescue all 86 passengers. The plane had been hijacked over the Mediterranean Sea by four members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in an attempt to secure the release of imprisoned Red Army Faction leaders. Here, the hostages are seen deboarding the plane at the Cologne-Bonn Airport, where they were flown after being rescued.

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