TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Star Democrat - - OPINION - By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

To­day is Thurs­day, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2018. There are 81 days left in the year. To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

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:

In 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.

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

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

In 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.

In 1961, ac­tor-comedian Leonard “Chico” Marx, 74, died in Hol­ly­wood, Calif.

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

In 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.

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