Saturday, October 11, 2014

Today in History: Saturday, October 11, 2014


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On Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church's 21st Ecumenical Council, better known as Vatican II.
 
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On this date in:
1811The first steam-powered ferryboat was put into operation between New York City and Hoboken, N.J.
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1884First lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City.
1958The lunar probe Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far as planned, fell back to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.
1968Apollo 7 was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.
1975"Saturday Night Live" debuted on NBC.
1986President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened two days of talks on arms control and human rights in Reykjavik, Iceland.
1991Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, law professor 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."
1998Pope John Paul II canonized the first Jewish-born saint of the modern era: Edith Stein, a Catholic nun killed at Auschwitz.
2001Trinidad-born writer V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize in literature.
2002The Senate joined the House in approving the use of America's military might against Iraq.
2002Former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize for his 1970s Middle East diplomacy.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock") turns 46 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
William PerryFormer defense secretary87
Patty MurrayU.S. senator, D-Wash.64
Steve YoungFootball Hall of Famer53
Joan CusackActress52
Luke PerryActor ("Beverly Hills 90210")48
MC LyteRapper43
Michelle TrachtenbergActress29
Actress Emily Deschanel ("Bones") turns 38 years old today.
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