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.

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.

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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.