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10/11/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - October 11

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Today in History in 1868 Thomas Edison patented his first invention – the electric voice machine; in1890 the Daughters of the American Revolution were founded; and in 1983 the last hand-cranked telephones went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1521 - Pope Leo X titles King Henry VIII of England "Defender of the Faith"
  • 1726 - Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England
  • 1809 - Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand.
  • 1865 - President Andrew Johnson paroles Confederate States VP Alexander H. Stephens
  • 1865 - Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.
  • 1868 - Thomas Edison patents his 1st invention: electric voice machine
  • 1871 - Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, 300 killed
  • 1881 - David Houston patents roll film for cameras
  • 1887 – A. Miles patents elevator
  • 1890 - Daughters of American Revolution founded
  • 1929 - JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with storesin all 48 U.S. states.
  • 1939 - Albert Einstein informs FDR of possibilities of atomic bomb
  • 1975 - "Saturday Night Live" premieres with guest host George Carlin
  • 1983 - Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine, were switched over to direct-dial
  • 1984 - 1st space walk by US woman (Dr Kathryn D Sullivan)
  • 1992 - Deion Sanders, plays for Atlanta Falcons (NFL) & Braves (Baseball)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1844 - Henry John Heinz, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded prepared-foods company (Heinz-57 varieties), (d. 1919)
  • 1884 - Eleanor Roosevelt, [Anna], New York, 1st lady (1933-1945)/crusader (Nobel 1931), (d. 1962)
  • 1918 - Jerome Robbins, [Rabinowitz], NY, choreographer (Tony-West Side Story)
  • 1925 - Elmore Leonard, US writer (Glitz, Mr Majestyk, Touch, 52 Pick-Up), (d. 2013)
  • 1926 - Earle Hyman, NC, actor (Russell-Cosby, Coriolanus)
  • 1943 - Gene Watson, Palestine Tx, country singer (Heartaches, Love & Stuff)
  • 1948 - Daryl Hall, [Hohl], Penn, rocker/songwriter (Hall & Oates-Sara Smile)
  • 1966 - Luke Perry, Mansfield Ohio, actor (Dillon-Beverly Hill 90210)

Famous Marriages

  • 1938 - Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) weds longtime girlfriend Alpha Smith
  • 1948 - Fellow students Fidel Castro and Mirta Diaz-Balart marry (divorced 1955)
  • 1975 - Future US President Bill Clinton weds future Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
  • 1987 - Rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker
  • 1997 - "Charlie's Angels" actress Jaclyn Smith (52) weds Chicago heart surgeon Bradley Allen (43) at United Westwood Methodist Church
  • 2003 - American Pie star Alyson Hannigan (29) weds Angel's Alexis Denisof (37) at the Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, California
  • 2003 - "The West Wing" actress Annabeth Gish (32) weds former "The X-Files" stunt man Wade Allen at The Sea Ranch Lodge
  • 2009 - "Mad Men" vixen Christina Hendricks (37) weds actor Geoffrey Arend (34) at the couple's favorite Il Buco restaurant in New York City

Famous Divorces

  • 1939 - Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1809 - Meriwether Lewis, (Lewis & Clark Expedition), commits suicide at 35
  • 1985 - Tex Williams, country-western singer, dies at 68 of cancer

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