On this day: October 11

Published On: Oct 10 2012 05:56:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 11 2015 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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1976: President Gerald Ford approves George Washington's posthumous appointment to the grade of General of the Armies of the United States by executive order as authorized by a congressional joint resolution earlier in the year. The ranking ensured that Washington, who retired as a lieutenant general, would never be outranked by another U.S. Army officer.