October 11 in Pop Culture History

October 11th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 11th History Highlights

  • 1887 – The first adding machine (the Comptometer) was patented, by Dorr Eugene Felt.
  • 1962 – Vatican Council II, the 21st ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church was convened by Pope John XXIII, in four sessions that concluded on December 8, 1965.
  • 1975Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC.
  • If you were born on October 11th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 18th (same year)

General Pulaski Memorial Day

General Pulaski Memorial Day is the birthday of General Kazimierz PuAaskaPuAaskingi (Kasimir Pulaski). It is a holiday held by a presidential proclamation to commemorate the wounds suffered during the siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779, and to honor the legacy of the Polish-Americans. General Pulaski Day was recognized as a law by the state of Kentucky in 1942 and as General Pulaskingi Memorial Day by the United States in 1948.

General Pulaski is embodied in the history of our nation and has dedicated his life to the service of the United States of America and its people. When Poland gained its own independence, the United States and America-Poland continued to have a related devotion to strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.

October 11th is…

Coming Out Day
General Pulaski Memorial Day
It’s My Party Day
Sausage Pizza Day
Southern Food Heritage Day

October 11th Birthday Quotes

“If you take a bunch of superstars and put them in a room where they don’t have their assistants and entourage, it’s funny to see what happens.”
– Daryl Hall

“To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.”
– Henry John Heinz

“Why doesn’t Apple stop for a year and make medical devices? When people talk about technology, that’s where I start to get a little hot under the collar because I know that it’s the key to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Having a faster, thinner telephone is not one of the world’s biggest problems.”
– Luke Perry

“So go on and play, and if you make a mistake, make it loud so you won’t make it next time.”
– Art Blakey

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

October 11th Birthdays

1844 – Henry J. Heinz, American businessman, founded the H. J. Heinz Company (died in 1919)
1872 – Harlan Fisk, United States Supreme Court Justice (died in 1946)
1884 – Eleanor Roosevelt, American humanitarian and politician, 39th First Lady of the United States (died in 1962)
1905 – Fred Trump, American real estate entrepreneur (died in 1999)
1911 – Jerome Robbins, American choreographer, and dancer (died in 1998)
1913 – Joe Simon, American comic book author, and illustrator (died in 2011)
1919 – Art Blakey, American drummer, and bandleader (died in 1990)
1926 – Earle Hyman, American actor (died in 2017)
1932 – Dottie West, American singer-songwriter (died in 1991)
1946 – Daryl Hall, American singer-songwriter
1960 – Nicola Bryant, English actress
1964 – Michael J. Nelson, American actor, and writer
1965 – Sean Patrick Flanery, American actor
1966 – Luke Perry, American actor, and producer (died in 2019)
1968 – Jane Krakowski, American actress, and singer
1970 – MC Lyte, American rapper
1977 – Matt Bomer, American actor
1985 – Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress
1992 – Cardi B, American rapper

October 11th History

(Earthquake) Aleppo, Syria

The Juliana began operation as the first steam-powered ferry service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey.

The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, opened.

The first adding machine (the Comptometer, #366945) was patented, by Dorr Eugene Felt.

The Daughters of the American Revolution were founded in Washington, DC.

NASA launched the lunar probe Pioneer 1.

Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council, changing several rules, including saying The mass in the local languages and having the celebrant (priest) face the congregation.

Apollo 7 (October 11-22, 1968) Crew: Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele, and Walter Cunningham

Aliens in Mississippi abducted Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker, as they told authorities.

#1 Hit October 11, 1975 – October 31, 1975: Neil Sedaka – Bad Blood

Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a spacewalk on the Space Shuttle Challenger.

October 11, 1985 (fiction) A Comedian died in New York, Watchmen, DC Comics

#1 Hit October 11, 1986October 24, 1986: Janet Jackson – When I Think of You

October 11, 19** Birthday (fictional) Hallie Parker and Annie James, The Parent Trap, Film

#1 Hit October 11, 1997January 16, 1998: Elton John – Candle in the Wind ’97

30 Rock premiered on NBC

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The North Star is the 49th brightest star in the sky.

The Wright Brother’s flight was in Kill Devil Hills, not Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk was where the brothers sent their message of success to their father.

The crack from a whip is produced by a small sonic boom.

“Toga! Toga!” – John “Bluto” Blutarsky (John Belushi) in National Lampoon’s Animal House, 1978

I trust the top comment a lot more than the title of an article.

The Bayeaux Tapestry is technically an embroidery.

“It hurts when you lose a friend to death, it hurts even more when you lose a friend still living.” – C.J. Tulli

Leo the Lion is the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Mascot.

Someday an old man will say “back in my day we only had iPhones and VR, not this futuristic useless stuff.”

Useless Pronunciation: O as in oh

“Here’s Johnny!”- Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) #moviequotes

A group of Oxen is called a Team or Yoke or Drove.

Yen Sid, the sorcerer in “Fantasia”, is just “Disney” spelled backward.

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