Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

This day in history

Friday is Oct. 11, the 284th day of 2013. There are 81 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Pro football Hall of Famer Steve Young is 52. Actress Joan Cusack is 51. Actor Luke Perry is 47. Actress Jane Krakowski is 45. Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 28. Golfer Michelle Wie is 24.

Continue reading below

In 1862, during the Civil War, Confederate forces led by General J.E.B. Stuart looted the town of Chambersburg, Pa.

In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.

In 1910, Theodore Roosevelt became the first former US president to fly in an airplane during a visit to St. Louis.

In 1958, the lunar probe Pioneer 1 was launched; it failed to go as far as planned and burned up in the atmosphere.

In 1962, Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church’s Second Vatican Council, also known as ‘‘Vatican 2.’’

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

In 1986, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev opened talks in Iceland concerning arms control and human rights.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com