October 11 1886
Thomas Edison, 19 years old, filed for a patent on his first invention. The electric machine was used for counting votes for the U.S. Congress, however the Congress did not buy it.
October 11 1952
Referee Francis DeReus halts the college football match between Wesleyan and Dubuque because of the profanity spewing from Dubuque’s coach, Maco Mercer. History does not record which vulgarities were involved.
October 11 1975
“Saturday Night Live” was broadcast for the first time. George Carlin was the guest host.
October 11 1981
Andy Kaufman successfully defends his World Intergender Wrestling Champion title in Atlantic City, by defeating Playboy magazine’s Miss September, pinning her at the 18-minute mark.