On this day: October 18

POSTED: 10:34 AM PDT Oct 17, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 17, 2013 
West Side Story movie image

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.