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Calendar for October 11th, 2013

Born 1582: Johannes Fleischer (botanist)

1728: Historic Bartram's Garden began

Died 1809: Meriwether Lewis (explorer)

1811: Juliana, the first steam-powered ferry in the U.S., began service between NYC and Hoboken, NJ

Born 1821: Sir George Williams (founder of the YMCA)

Born 1844: Henry John Heinz (manufacturer)

Born 1852: Mary Isabella Drever Macleod (pioneer)

1868: At the age of 21, Thomas Edison completed his first invention and filed for a patent. It was an electric machine to count votes quickly, but Congress did not buy it

Born 1884: Eleanor Roosevelt (U.S. First Lady)

Born 1906: Charles Revson (founder of Revlon)

Born 1918: Jerome Robbins (ballet dancer)

Born 1925: Elmore Leonard (novelist)

1936: Premiere of Professor Quiz, first radio quiz show in U.S. to give away cash prizes

Born 1948: Daryl Hall (musician)

1950: Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) received authorization from the FCC to begin transmission of color television broadcasts

Died 1961: Chico Marx (comedian)

1961: US Air Force Major Robert M. White flies an X-15 rocket plane to a height of 217,000 feet, a record for winged, man-controlled aircraft

Born 1962: Joan Cusack (actress )

Died 1963: Jean Cocteau (writer)

Born 1969: Ty Murray (professional cowboy)

1972: Michael Gallen set a world record by eating 63 bananas in 10 minutes

1975: Saturday Night Live premiered

1984: 19-pound, 2-ounce weakfish was caught near Jones Beach, Long Island, New York

1984: Space Shuttle astronaut, Kathy Sullivan, became the first American woman to walk in space

Born 1985: Michelle Trachtenberg (actress)

Born 1989: Michelle Wie (golfer)

Died 1991: Red Foxx (actor)

Died 1998: Richard Denning (actor)

2002: U.S. President Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize

Died 2008: Neal Hefti (composer)

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