HIGH­LIGHTS IN HIS­TORY

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To­day’s high­light:

On Oct. 11, 1991, tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, Anita Hill ac­cused Supreme Court nom­i­nee Clarence Thomas of sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing her; Thomas re-ap­peared be­fore the panel to de­nounce the pro­ceed­ings as a “high-tech lynching.”

On this date:

1809: Just over three years af­ter the fa­mous Lewis and Clark ex­pe­di­tion ended, Meri­wether Lewis was found dead in a Ten­nessee inn, an ap­par­ent sui­cide; he was 35.

1884: Amer­i­can first lady Eleanor Roo­sevelt was born in New York City.

1910: Theodore Roo­sevelt be­came the first for­mer U.S. pres­i­dent to fly in an air­plane dur­ing a visit to St. Louis.

1958: The lu­nar probe Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far out as planned, fell back to Earth, and burned up in the at­mos­phere.

1961: Ac­tor-co­me­dian

Leonard “Chico” Marx, 74, died in Hol­ly­wood, Calif.

1962: Pope John XXIII con­vened the first ses­sion of the Ro­man Catholic Church’s Sec­ond Vat­i­can Coun­cil, also known as “Vat­i­can 2.”

1968: 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.

1983: The last full-fledged hand-cranked tele­phone sys­tem in the United States went out of ser­vice as 440 tele­phone cus­tomers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to di­rect-dial ser­vice.

1986: Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gor­bachev opened two days of talks con­cern­ing arms con­trol and hu­man rights in Reyk­javik, Ice­land.

1992: In the first of three pres­i­den­tial de­bates, three can­di­dates faced off against each other in St. Louis: Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, Ar­kan­sas Gov. Bill Clin­ton and busi­ness­man Ross Perot.

2001: In his first prime-time news con­fer­ence since tak­ing of­fice, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush said “it may take a year or two” to track down Osama bin Laden and his ter­ror­ist net­work in Afghanistan, but he as­serted that af­ter a five-day ae­rial bom­bard­ment, “we’ve got them on the run.”

2002: For­mer Pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter was named the re­cip­i­ent of the No­bel Peace Prize.

Ten years ago: Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and for­eign fi­nan­cial of­fi­cials, meet­ing at the White House, dis­played joint re­solve in com­bat­ing the un­fold­ing fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

Five years ago: The Or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons won the No­bel Peace Prize for its ef­forts to stop chem­i­cal war­fare. Tyrese Ruf­fin, the 2-year-old son of Min­nesota Vik­ings run­ning back Adrian Peter­son, died at a South Dakota hos­pi­tal two days af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted with se­vere head in­juries; Joseph Pat­ter­son was con­victed of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the child’s beat­ing death and was sen­tenced to life in prison.

One year ago: The Boy Scouts of Amer­ica an­nounced that it would ad­mit girls into the Cub Scouts start­ing in 2018 and es­tab­lish a new pro­gram for older girls based on the Boy Scout cur­ricu­lum, al­low­ing them to as­pire to the Ea­gle Scout rank.

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