spotlight Today in history: Oct. 18 Oct 18, 2019 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 Related to this collection Most Popular +8 Archives Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP Dec 7, 2019 Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. +18 Archives Today in history: Dec. 8 Dec 8, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +14 Archives Today in history: Dec. 9 Dec 9, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +18 Archives Today in history: Dec. 7 Dec 7, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +25 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 9 Dec 9, 2019 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Kirk Douglas, Dame Judi Dench, Dick Butkus, John Malkovich, Donny O… +12 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 12 Dec 12, 2019 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Bob Barker, Dionne Warwick, Bill Nighy, Jennifer Connelly, Mayim Bi… +18 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 8 Dec 8, 2019 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Kim Basinger, Ann Coulter, Wendell Pierce, Teri Hatcher, Sinead O'C… +14 Archives Today’s top pics: 2019 Kennedy Center Honors and more Dec 9, 2019 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.. +22 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Dec. 7 Dec 7, 2019 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Noam Chomsky, Ellen Burstyn, Johnny Bench, Tom Waits, Susan M. Coll… +15 Archives Today’s top pics: New Zealand Volcano Erupts and more Dec 10, 2019 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press..