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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1963: French writer, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau dies of a heart attack at age 74 in Milly-la-Foret, France. He is best known for his 1929 novel "Les Enfants Terribles" and the films "Blood of a Poet," "Les Parents terribles," "Beauty and the Beast" (1946) and "Orpheus."