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This Day In History — History in Space Exploration

October 11

1779
Polish patriot and American Revolutionary War commander Casimir Pulaski was killed in the battle of Savannah.

1899
The Boer War began in South Africa.

1915
English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans.

1939
A letter from Albert Einstein was delivered to President Franklin D. Roosevelt concerning the possibility of atomic weapons.

1962
The first session of Vatican II was convened by Pope John XXIII.

1968
The first staffed Apollo mission, Apollo 7, was launched with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham aboard.

1984
Space shuttle Challenger astronaut, Kathryn Sullivan, became the first American woman to walk in space.

Birthdays

Eleanor Roosevelt

1884–1962, American humanitarian, born in New York City.

H. J. Heinz

food manufacturer (1844)

Charles Revson

cosmetics industry executive (1906)

Joseph Alsop

political journalist (1910)

Jerome Robbins

choreographer (1918)

Elmore Leonard

writer (1925)

Steve Young

football player (1961)

Joan Cusack

comic actress (1962)

Luke Perry

actor (1966)

Michelle Wie

golfer (1989)

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