spotlight Today in history: Oct. 18 Oct 18, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1931: Thomas Edison In 1931, inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, New Jersey, at age 84. AP 1961: West Side Story In 1961, the movie musical "West Side Story," starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer, premiered in New York, the film's setting. AP 1962: Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology In 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. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1977: Lufthansa Flight 181 On Oct. 18, 1977, West German commandos stormed a hijacked Lufthansa jetliner on the ground in Mogadishu, Somalia, freeing all 86 hostages and killing three of the four hijackers. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1984: Jon-Erik Hexum In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum, 26, was taken off life support six days after shooting himself in the head with a pistol loaded with a blank cartridge on the set of his TV show "Cover Up." Wally Fong 2001: Anthrax Attacks In 2001, CBS News announced that an employee in anchorman Dan Rather's office had tested positive for skin anthrax. RICHARD DREW 2001: The US Embassy Bombings Trial In 2001, four disciples of Osama bin Laden were sentenced in New York to life without parole for their roles in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. STUART RAMSON 2009: Iran Bombing Ten years ago: A suicide bomber struck a meeting between Revolutionary Guard commanders and Shiite and Sunni tribal leaders in the Iranian border town of Pishin, killing 42 people, including 15 Guard members. ASSOCIATED PRESS 2009: Jessica Watson Ten years ago: Jessica Watson, a 16-year-old Australian, steered her bright pink yacht out of Sydney Harbor to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. (She succeeded, returning to Sydney Harbor in May 2010.) Rick Rycroft 2014: Boston Red Sox One year ago: The Boston Red Sox advanced to the World Series, beating the Houston Astros 4-1 to win the American League Championship Series in five games. David J. Phillip 2014: Hannah Graham Five years ago: The remains of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, 18, were found near Charlottesville; a suspect, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., is charged with first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile. Steve Helber 2014: Jamal Khashoggi One year ago: Trump threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis were found to have murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). Susan Walsh 2014: LeBron James One year ago: LeBron James finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, but the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 128-119, in James' regular-season debut with the Lakers. Craig Mitchelldyer Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP QUIZ: What type of Halloween candy are you? spotlight promotion AP What breed of puppy is perfect for you? More Latest Local Offers YELLOW ROSE RANCH SUPPORT HOUSING IN CALISTOGA! Quick Smog Check The Napa Valley Register for coupon for $41.99 Smog Test + Cert $8.25. NO appointment needed! Napa Long-Term Care Ombudsman Interested in volunteering for the Napa Ombudsman Program? Make a real difference in the lives of residents in long-term care. Training is provided. Sign Up Today!