TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT Oct. 11, 1942
The World War II Battle of Cape Esperance began in the Solomon Islands, resulting in an American victory over the Japanese.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1890
The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.
Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis.
Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard. The government of Panama was overthrown in a military coup.
Challenger astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space as she and fellow Mission Specialist David C. Leestma spent 31⁄2 hours outside the shuttle.