October 18

1685

Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes.

1767

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

1867

The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.

1912

The first Balkan War broke out.

1931

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

1968

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

2011

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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