1991 - Azerbaijan, the largest country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia (between Western Europe and Asia), declares independence from USSR.
1925 - The Grand Ole Opry, birthplace and showcase for many great country artists through the decades, opens in Nashville, Tennessee.
1922 - British Broadcasting Company (BBC), later called Corporation is founded as Britain's principal national broadcasting service.
1898 - United States of America takes possession of Puerto Rico, an island located in the northeastern Caribbean, near the Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands.
1648 - Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization, designed to promote better working conditions through unionization
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1954 - The Transistor radio is first announced by Texas Instruments.
1969 - Rod Stewart becomes the lead singer of the now disbanded "Small Faces"
1867 - Known as Alaska Day, US formal acquires possession of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.
1992 - Randall Cunningham ran for 39 yards passing Tarkenton in quarterback rushing
October 18th Holiday
Alaska Day (Alaska) - Commemorates the transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the U.S. on October 18, 1867.
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