October 11

This Day in History

1976

Gang of Four Arrested

On this day in 1976, following the death of Chairman Mao in September, China’s new leader, Hua Guofeng, decisively marked a political shift with the arrest of the Gang of Four. Comprised of Jian Qing, … (more...)

1962

Pope Opens Vatican Council II

Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council in 92 years. Pope John reached the papacy from simple, peasant beginnings and his tolerance and disregard for protocol earned him a reputation for … (more...)

1887

Comptometer is Patented

On this day in 1887, Dorr Eugene Felt of Chicago, Illinois, was granted a patent for an adding machine, which he called the Comptometer. It was the first practical, key-controlled calculator with … (more...)