On this day: October 11

POSTED: 5:56 PM Oct 10 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Oct 11 2013

The first successful manned Apollo mission launches, John Lennon releases the song "Imagine," George Washington gets a posthumous promotion, and Anita Hill accuses Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, all on this day.

OTD October 11 - Pioneer 1
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1958: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1. Due to a programming error, the probe never reached the moon, instead reaching a peak altitude of 70,712 miles. It would re-enter the Earth's atmosphere after 43 hours of flight on Oct. 13, 1958.

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