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Monday, October 11, 2010

Oct. 11 - This Day In History - Now Including Famous Birthdays!



This Day In History
Courtesy of
On-This-Day.com

October 11

1759 - Parson Mason Weems was born. He is remembered for his fictitious stories that he presented as fact. He was responsible for the story about George Washington cutting down his father's cherry tree.

1776 - During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.

1779 - Casimir Pulaski, a Polish nobleman, was killed while fighting during the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah, GA. He was fighting for American independence.

1809 - Meriwether Lewis committed suicide along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand.

1811 - The Juliana, the first steam-powered ferryboat, was put into operation by the inventor John Stevens. The ferry went between New York City, NY, and Hoboken, NJ.

1869 - Thomas Edison filed for a patent on his first invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the U.S. Congress, however the Congress did not buy it.

1881 - David Henderson Houston patented the first roll film for cameras.

1890 - The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, DC.

1899 - The Boer War began in South Africa between the British and the Boers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State.

1929 - JCPenney opened a store in Milford, DE, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.

1932 - In New York, the first telecast of a political campaign was aired.

1936 - The radio show, "Professor Quiz", aired for the first time.

1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt was presented with a letter from Albert Einstein that urged him to develop the U.S. atomic program rapidly.

1942 - The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.

1958 - Pioneer 1, a lunar probe, was launched by the U.S. The probe did not reach its destination and fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.

1968 - Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard.

1971 - Hugh Downs left the "Today" show and "Concentration". He later became the host of ABC's "20/20".

1975 - "Saturday Night Live" was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.

1975 - Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham were married in Fayetteville, AR.

1976 - The "Gang of Four" of China was charged with plotting a coup and were arrested and imprisoned.

1983 - The last hand-cranked telephones in the U.S. went out of service. The 440 telephone customers of Bryant Pond, ME, were switched to direct-dial service.

1984 - Construction began on the Kamric/Cinergy Futursonics Studio in Houston, TX.

1984 - American Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first female astronaut to space walk. She was aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

1984 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) made his debut in the National Hockey League (NHL) against the Boston Bruins. He scored a goal on his first shot on his first NHL shift.

1994 - U.S. troops in Haiti took control of the National Palace.

1994 - Iraqi troops began moving away from the Kuwaiti border.

1994 - The Colorado Supreme Court declared that the anti-gay rights measure in the state was unconstitutional.

2002 - In Cedar Grove, WI, ten people were killed when more than two-dozen vehicles crashed on a foggy highway.



Whose Birthday Is It?

Mason Weems 1759

Henry Heinz 1884

Eleanor Roosevelt 1884

Willie Hoppe 1887

Charles Revson 1906

Joseph Alsop 1910

Jerome Robbins 1918

Art Blakey 1919

Linda Stirling 1921

Knobby (Grant) Warwick 1921

Elmore Leonard 1925

James Morrison 1931

Dottie West 1932

Ron Leibman 1937

Maria Bueno 1939

Gene Watson 1943

Robert Gale 1945

Daryl Hall 1948

Catlin Adams 1950

Andre Woolfolk 1950

David Morse 1953

Paulette Carlson 1953

Lindy Boone 1955

Steve Young 1961

Joan Cusack 1962

Sean Patrick Flanery 1965

Luke Perry 1966

Jane Kradowski 1968

MC Lyte 1971

NeeNa Lee 1975

Michelle Trachtenberg 1985


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