TODAY IN HISTORY
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 reappeared 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. In 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. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened two days of talks concerning arms control and human rights in Reykjavik, Iceland.
In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter was named the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Today’s Birthdays
Actor Ron Leibman is 81. Actor Amitabh Bachchan is 76. Country singer Gene Watson is 75. Singer Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates) is 72. Rhythm-and-blues musician Andrew Woolfolk is 68. Actress-director Catlin Adams is 68. Country singer Paulette Carlson is 67. Actor David Morse is 65. Actresswriter-comedian Dawn French is 61. Actress Joan Cusack is 56. Rock musician Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) is 56. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 53. Actor Lennie James is 53. Actress Jane Krakowski is 50. Rapper U-God (Wu-Tang Clan) is 48. Bluegrass musician Leigh Gibson (The Gibson Brothers) is 47. Rapper MC Lyte is 47. Actor Darien SillsEvans is 44. Actor/writer Nat Faxon is 43. Singer NeeNa Lee is 43. Actress Emily Deschanel is 42. Actor Matt Bomer is 41. Rapper Cardi B is 26.
Thought for Today: “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” — Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (1724-1804).