October 18


Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes.


The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon.


The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.


The first Balkan War broke out.


Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.


The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.


Gilad Shalit, a 25-year-old Israeli soldier, is released after being held for more than five years by Hamas. He is exchanged for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Shalit had been held in Gaza since Palestinian militants kidnapped him in 2006.

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