On Your Birthday: October 11



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

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

1881 – The first roll film for cameras was patented by David Henderson Houston.

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

1899 – The Western League is renamed the American League.

1910 – President Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane. He flew for all of four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field (now Lambert-St. Louis International Airport) in St. Louis, MO.

1929 – JC Penney opened store #1252 in Milford, DE, which made it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 states.

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

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

1950 – CBS’s mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

1958 – Pioneer 1 was launched toward the Moon. Two days later, because of a trajectory error, it falls back to Earth and burns up.

1968 – The first manned Apollo mission, Apollo 7, was launched. It sent live television pictures to Earth. 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 – NBC debuts “Saturday Night Live” with George Carlin as guest host. Janis Ian performed “At Seventeen” and “In the Winter.” Billy Preston played “Nothing from Nothing” and “Fancy Lady”. The show really takes off the following week when host Paul Simon reunites with his former partner, Art Garfunkel.

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

1983 – The last hand-cranked telephones in the United States were removed from service. The 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, ME switch to direct-dialed service.

1984 – Mario Lemieux makes his debut in the National Hockey League with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He score a goal on his first shot.

1984 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a space walk.

1991 – Anita Hill testifies that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas made sexually explicit remarks to her when they worked together.

1999 – The world’s population reaches six billion.

2000 – NASA launches STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, using Space Shuttle Discovery.

2001 – The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.

2002 – The sniper preying upon the Washington, DC, suburbs kills his eighth victim, a driver pumping gas in Fourmile Fork, VA.

2006 – The TV show “30 Rock” debuts on NBC.



Ron Leibman 1937 – Actor (“Slaughterhouse-Five”, “Up the Academy”, “The Super Cops”, “Norma Rae”, TV’s “Friends”, “Kaz”)

Daryl Hall 1946 – Singer (Hall & Oates)

Catlin Adams 1950 – Actress (“The Jazz Singer”, “Toothless”, “The Jerk”)

Andrew Woolfolk 1950 – Musician (Earth, Wind and Fire)

Jon Miller 1951 – TV baseball announcer (ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball”)

David Morse 1953 – Actor (“The Negotiator”, “Contact”, “The Green Mile”, “Disturbia”, “The Long Kiss Goodnight”, “The Rock”, “12 Monkeys”)

Steve Young 1961 – NFL football player, TV analyist (ESPN)

Joan Cusack 1962 – Actress (“Working Girl”, “In & Out”, “Ice Princess”, “The School of Rock”, “Runaway Bride”, “Broadcast News”, “High Fidelity”, “Grosse Point Blank”, TV’s “Shameless”)

Sean Patrick Flanery 1965 – Actor (“The Dead Zone”, “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”, “Saw: The Final Chapter”, TV’s “The Boondock Saints”. “The Young and the Restless”)

Luke Perry 1966 – Actor (TV’s “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Oz”, “Jeremiah”)

Jane Kradowski 1968 – Actress (TV’s “Ally McBeal”, “30 Rock”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)

Constance Zimmer 1970 – Actress (TV’s “Entourage”, “UnReal”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “The Newsroom”, “Love Bites”, “House of Cards”, “Boston Legal”)

Emily Deschanel 1976 – Actress (TV’s “Bones”)

Michelle Trachtenberg 1985 – Actress (“Harriet the Spy”, “Inspector Gadget”, “Ice Princess”, TV’s “Gossip Girl”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)



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