Good morning, it’s Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. On this date in 1867, the United States took possession of Alaska. I’m sure Vladimir Putin would gladly take it back in exchange for the $7.2 million Russia was paid for it 154 years ago — even in today’s dollars. Spanish Prime Minister Práxedes Mateo Sagasta, by contrast, never put Puerto Rico on the auction block, but Spain lost the island militarily when the U.S. flag was raised over the capital city of San Juan on Oct. 18, 1898. Whether that should be permanent is an issue still being debated.