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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1961: Comedian and actor Chico Marx dies from arteriosclerosis at the age of 74 in Hollywood, California. Marx, whose real name was Leonard Marx and who was the oldest of the Marx Brothers comedy team, was known for his adopted persona of a dim-witted albeit crafty con artist, seemingly of rural Italian origin, who sported a curly-haired wig and Tyrolean hat.