This Day in History for October 11
1726 – Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England.
1811 – The Juliana, 1st steam-powered ferryboat, begins operation.
1887 – A Miles patents elevator.
1890 – Daughters of American Revolution founded.
1922 – First women FBI “special investigator”, Alaska Davidson, appointed.
1929 – JC Penny opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.
1939 – Albert Einstein informs FDR of the possibilities of an atomic bomb.
1956 – American League President Will Harridge bars Washington Senators move to west coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners.
1958 – 2nd US Moon probe, Pioneer 1, reaches 113,810 km, falls back.
1962 – 1st appearance of a Gabor sister on Merv Griffin Show.
1971 – Frank McGee becomes news anchor of Today Show.
1974 – A’s Catfish Hunter charge owner Charlie Finley with breach of contract.
1977 – American inventor Gordon Gould issued his first US patent for a optically pumped laser amplifier, 20 year after first claiming to have invented the laser.
1979 – Allan McLeod Cormack & Godfrey Newbold Hunsfield win Nobel Prize for medicine for developing CAT scan.
1983 – Last hand-cranked telephones US went out of service as 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pone, Maine, were switched over to direct dial.
1984 – 1st space walk by US woman (Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan)
1990 – Oil hits a record $40.42 per barrel.
1991 – Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart seen soliciting a prostitute.
1992 – 1st three-way US presidential debate (Georg H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot)
2001 – The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection.Share: