Today in history: Oct. 18In 1685, King Louis XIV of France...

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October 18, 1997

Today in history: Oct. 18

In 1685, King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population, the Huguenots.

In 1767, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon.

In 1867, the United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.

In 1892, the first long-distance telephone line between Chicago and New York was opened.

In 1931, inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.

In 1944, Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.

Five years ago: The visiting Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves in game two of the World Series, 5-4, evening the series at one game apiece. (The pre-game ceremony was marred by a U.S. Marine Corps color guard that mistakenly presented the Canadian flag upside-down.)

One year ago: Democratic Party fund-raiser John Huang was relieved of his duties after days of attacks by the Republicans over what they called improper and possibly illegal contributions.

Associated Press

Pub Date: 10/18/97

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