October 18, 1954. the Regency TR-1, the world’s first commercially-produced transistor radio is released, by two companies working together, Texas Instruments and Industrial Development Engineering Associates. The TR-1 was considered a very advanced product for its time, using printed circuit boards, and what were then considered micro-miniature components. Its initial cost was $49.95 .
Also on October 18: United State takes possession of Alaska (1867), The Nintendo Entertainment System is released in USA (1985), Karachi bombings, a suicide attack against Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto kills 139, she survived that attack (2007)
Born on October 18 : Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1905), Melina Mercouri (1920), Chuck Berry (1926), , Peter Boyle (1935), Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), Rick Moody (1961)