TODAY IN HISTORY
Oct. 18, 1962
James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were honored with the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1767
The Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between colonial Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, was set as astronomers Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey.
The United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.
Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, New Jersey, at age 84.
Texas Instruments unveiled the Regency TR-1, the first commercially produced transistor radio.