On this day: October 11

Published On: Oct 10 2012 05:56:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 11 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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.

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1925: Author Elmore Leonard, best known for his westerns and crime novels, several of which have been turned into movies and TV shows, is born in New Orleans. Among his most well-known books are "Get Shorty," "Out of Sight," "3:10 to Yuma," "Rum Punch," the basis for Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," and "Pronto," which introduced the character of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, the central figure in the FX drama "Justified." Leonard died at age 87 on Aug. 20, 2013, of complications from a stroke suffered three weeks earlier.

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