This was 291st day of the year and 74 days remained in the year.
October 18 in History
The first Balkan War broke out.
Inventor Thomas Alva Edison died in West Orange, N.J., at age 84.
The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
Gilad Shalit, a 25-year-old Israeli soldier, is released after being held for more than five years by Hamas. He is exchanged for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Shalit had been held in Gaza since Palestinian militants kidnapped him in 2006.
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