Today is Wednesday, Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2017. There are 81 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 11, 1942, the World War II Battle of Cape Esperance began in the Solomon Islands, resulting in an American victory over the Japanese. The naval battle was the second of four major surface engagements during the Guadalcanal campaign.
In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.
In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first former U.S. president to fly in an airplane, during a visit to St. Louis.
In 1932, the first American political telecast took place as the Democratic National Committee sponsored a program from a CBS television studio in New York.
In 1958, the lunar probe Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far out as planned, fell back to Earth, and burned up in the atmosphere.
In 1968, Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard. The government of Panama was overthrown in a military coup.
In 1979, Allan McLeod Cormack and Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield were named co-recipients of the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in developing the CAT scan.
In 1984, Challenger astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.
In 1987, the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt was unfurled for the first time, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; the 7,000-pound quilt bore the names, personal effects and, in some cases, the ashes of victims of AIDS.
In 1991, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her; Thomas re-appeared before the panel to denounce the proceedings as a “high-tech lynching.”
In 1992, in the first of three presidential debates, three candidates faced off against each other in St. Louis: President George H.W. Bush, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and businessman Ross Perot.
In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter was named the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Birthdays: Country singer Gene Watson is 74. Singer Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates) is 71. Actor David Morse (“St. Elsewhere”) is 64. Actress-writer-comedian Dawn French (”Vicar of Dibley”) is 60. Football Hall of Famer Steve Young is 56. Actress Joan Cusack is 55. Rock musician Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) is 55. Actor Luke Perry is 51. Country singer-songwriter Todd Snider is 51. Rapper MC Lyte is 46. Actress Emily Deschanel (“Bones”) is 41. Golfer Michelle Wie is 28.
Thought for Today: "Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, born this date in 1884, died 1962.