On this day: October 18

Published On: Oct 17 2012 01:34:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 18 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

Herman Melville's masterpiece is printed, the U.S. takes possession of Alaska and Puerto Rico, "West Side Story" premieres, and Reggie Jackson goes deep three times in the World Series, all on this day.

OTD October 18 - Basel earthquake
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1356: The Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys the town of Basel, Switzerland, and causes much destruction in a vast region extending into France and Germany. The earthquake is envisioned here in this late-19th century painting by Swiss painter Karl Jauslin.

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