This Day in History: Oct. 11


On this day, Oct. 11 …1968: Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, launches with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R Walter Cunningham aboard. Also on this day:1809: Meriwether Lewis – half of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition crew that blazed a trail through the U S. West — is found dead in a Tennessee inn, an apparent suicide, just over three years after completing the journey that made him famous 1906: The San Francisco Board of Education orders the city’s Asian students segregated in a purely “Oriental” school President Theodore Roosevelt would later request that the order be rescinded.1910: Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first former U S. president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis.1958: The lunar probe Pioneer 1 launches but fails to go as far out as planned It falls back toward Earth, burning up in the atmosphere.1975: Bill Clinton and Hillary Diane Rodham are married in Fayetteville, Ark  1975: “NBC Saturday Night” (later called “Saturday Night Live”) premieres with guest host George Carlin 1983: The last full-fledged hand-cranked telephone system in the United States goes out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, are switched over to direct-dial service 1986: President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev open two days of talks concerning arms control and human rights in Reykjavik, Iceland 1991: Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill accuses Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas re-appears before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a “high-tech lynching “1992: In the first of three debates, candidates President George H.W. Bush, Arkansas Gov Bill Clinton and businessman Ross Perot face off against each other in St. Louis:2006: A single-engine plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle and flight instructor Tyler Stanger crashes into a high-rise apartment building in New York City, killing both men 2009: Thousands of gay rights supporters march from the White House to the U.S. Capitol

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