On this day: October 11

POSTED: 3:56 PM Oct 10 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 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 - Meriwether Lewis
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1809: Along the Natchez Trace about 70 miles southwest of Nashville, Tenn., explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand. After gunshots were heard in the predawn hours, Lewis was found badly injured by multiple gunshot wounds, from which he died shortly after sunrise. Although the official explanation for his death was suicide, others feel the 35-year-old explorer, famous for being part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was actually murdered.

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