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Today in history, Oct. 18

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1685: King Louis XIV signed the Edict of Fontainebleau, revoking the Edict of Nantes that had established legal toleration of France's Protestant population.

1767: The Mason-Dixon line, the boundary between colonial Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, was set as Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon completed their survey.

1867: The United States took formal possession of Alaska from Russia.

1892: The first long-distance telephone line between New York and Chicago was opened.

1922: The British Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (later the British Broadcasting Corp.) was founded.

1954: Texas Instruments unveiled the Regency TR-1, the first commercially produced transistor radio.

1962: James 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.

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