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On October eleventh, 1975,
"NBC Saturday Night" made its debut
with guest host George Carlin.
On this date:
In 1779, Polish nobleman Casimir
Pulaski was killed while fighting for American
independence during the Revolutionary War Battle
of Savannah, Georgia.
In 1811, the first
steam-powered ferryboat, the "Juliana,"
was put into operation between New York City and
Hoboken, New Jersey.
In 1890, the
Daughters of the American Revolution was founded
in Washington DC.
In 1942, the World
War Two Battle of Cape Esperance began in the
Solomons, resulting in an American victory over
In 1948, the
musical comedy "Where's Charley?,"
starring Ray Bolger and featuring songs by Frank
Loesser, opened on Broadway.
In 1958, the lunar
probe "Pioneer One" was launched; it
failed to go as far out as planned, fell back to
Earth, and burned up in the atmosphere.
In 1962, Pope John
the 23rd convened the first session of the Roman
Catholic Church's 21st Ecumenical Council, also
known as "Vatican Two."
"Apollo Seven," the first manned Apollo
mission, was launched with astronauts Wally
Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter
In 1984, space
shuttle "Challenger" astronaut Kathy
Sullivan became the first American woman to walk
In 1998, Pope John
Paul the Second decreed the first Jewish-born
saint of the modern era: Edith Stein, a nun
killed in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
Ten years ago:
Octavio Paz was named the winner of the Nobel
Prize for literature, the first Mexican writer so
honored. About 60-thousand people rallied in
Prague, Czechoslovakia, in support of a
government proposal to seize all Communist Party
property without compensation.
Five years ago:
Ten Republican presidential candidates used their
first televised forum to politely compete for
support in the New Hampshire primary. O.J.
Simpson backed out of his live interview with NBC
just hours before air time. Americans Mario
Molina and Sherwood Rowland and Dutch scientist
Paul Crutzen won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for
their controversial work warning that gases once
used in spray cans and other items were eating
away Earth's ozone layer.
One year ago: Dr.
Guenter Blobel of New York's Rockefeller
University won the Nobel Prize for medicine for
discovering how proteins find their rightful
places in cells.
"When a friend
speaks to me, whatever he says is
Jean Renoir, French movie director (1894-1979).