Today in history
Today is Monday, October 11, the 284th day of 2021. There are 81 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s history:
On October 11, 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra (shih-RAH ‘), Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham on board.
To this date :
In 1779, Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski, fighting for American independence, died two days after being wounded in the War of Independence in Savannah, Georgia.
In 1884, American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City.
In 1906, the San Francisco Board of Education ordered that Asian students in the city be separated into a purely “Eastern” school. (The order was later rescinded at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt, who promised to curb future Japanese immigration to the United States.)
In 1968, the government of Panama was overthrown in a military coup.
In 1975, Bill Clinton and Hillary Diane Rodham married in Fayetteville, Arkansas. “NBC Saturday Night” (later “Saturday Night Live”) debuted with guest host George Carlin.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened two days of talks in Reykjavik, Iceland, on arms control and human rights.
In 1991, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court candidate Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas reappeared before the panel to denounce the procedure as a “high-tech lynching”.
In 2001, at his first prime-time press conference since taking office, President George W. Bush said “it may take a year or two” to track down Osama bin Laden and his network. terrorist in Afghanistan, but claimed that after five days of aerial bombardment, “we have them on the run.”
In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter was named the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
In 2005, the US Army Corps of Engineers said it had finished pumping the New Orleans metropolitan area, which had been flooded by Hurricane Katrina six weeks earlier and then flooded again by Hurricane Rita.
In 2006, the charge of treason was first used in the US War on Terror, filed against Adam Yehiye Gadahn (ah-DAHM ‘YEH’-heh-yuh guh-DAHN’), also known as “Azzam the American,” who had appeared in al-Qaida propaganda videos. (Gadahn was killed by an American drone strike in Pakistan in January 2015.)
In 2014, customs and health officials began taking the temperature of passengers arriving at Kennedy International Airport in New York from three West African countries as part of an intensified screening effort to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Ten years ago: Presidential challenger Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of not leading in a time of economic peril, but sounded less conservative than his Republican rivals in their debate in Hanover, New Hampshire, defending the bailout of Wall Street 2008-2009 and declaring that he could work with the “good” Democrats. The Americans won their third title at the world gymnastics championships held in Tokyo.
Five years ago: Samsung Electronics announced it was shutting down production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones for good, a day after global sales of these ill-fated devices ceased amid reports that the batteries were on fire.
A year ago: President Donald Trump said he was healthy enough to resume the election campaign after treatment for the coronavirus. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 to win the NBA Finals in six games; LeBron James scored 28 points as the NBA wrapped up a season that sent players into a “bubble” at Walt Disney World in Florida for three months due to the pandemic. Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 in the Roland Garros final to win his 20th Grand Slam title, tying Roger Federer’s record for most major tennis championships by one man. Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman who was the spark plug for Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” teams in the 1970s, has died at the age of 77. The NFL has juggled its regular season schedule due to coronavirus outbreaks with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots; nine teams were affected.
Today’s Birthdays: Former US Secretary of Defense William Perry is 94 years old. Actor Amitabh Bachchan is 79 years old. Country singer Gene Watson is 78 years old. Singer Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates) is 75 years old. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., Is 71. R&B musician Andrew Woolfolk is 71 years old. Actor-director Catlin Adams is 71 years old. Country singer Paulette Carlson is 70 years old. Original MTV VJ Mark Goodman is 69 years old. Actor David Morse is 68 years old. Actor Stephen Spinella is 65 years old. Actor-writer-comedian Dawn French is 64 years old. Steve Young, a member of the Professional and College Football Hall of Fame, is 60 years old. Actor Joan Cusack is 59 years old. Rock musician Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) is 59. Comedy writer and television host Michael J. Nelson is 57 years old. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 56 years old. Lennie James is 56 years old. College Football Hall of Fame and former NFL player Chris Spielman are 56 years old. Country singer-songwriter Todd Snider is 55 years old. Actor-comedian Artie Lange is 54 years old. Actress Jane Krakowski is 53 years old. Actress Andrea Navedo is 52 years old. Actress Constance Zimmer is 51 years old. Rapper MC Lyte is 51 years old. Bluegrass musician Leigh Gibson (The Gibson Brothers) is 50 years old. Figure skater Kyoko Ina is 49 years old. Actor Darien Sills-Evans is 47 years old. Actor / writer Nat Faxon is 46 years old. Actor Emily Deschanel is 45 years old. Actor Matt Bomer is 44 years old. Actor Trevor Donovan is 43 years old. Actor Robert Christopher Riley is 41 years old. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 36 years old. Actress Lucy Griffiths is 35 years old. Golfer Michelle Wie is 32 years old. Rapper Cardi B is 29 years old.
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