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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).

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