Thursday, Oct. 11, is the 285th day of 2012. There are 81 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Author Elmore Leonard is 87. Actor Ron Leibman is 75. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is 62. Actor David Morse is 59. Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young is 51. Actress Joan Cusack is 50. Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 47. College Football Hall of Famer Chris Spielman is 47. Actor Luke Perry is 46. Actress Jane Krakowski is 44. Actress Emily Deschanel is 36. Golfer Michelle Wie is 23.
In 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in Washington, D.C.
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.
In 2002, former President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize. A man was shot to death at a gas station near Fredericksburg, Va., in the latest slaying by the Washington-area sniper.