The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 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.
ON THIS DATE 1867
The United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.
The first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was officially opened (it could only handle one call at a time).
The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain formally relinquished control of the island to the U-S.
The movie musical “West Side Story,” starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, premiered in New York, the film’s setting.