October 11, 1975. Future US president William Jefferson Clinton marries Hillary Rodham, who herself would become Secretary of State. America’s most political couple met while they both studied Law at Yale University and had been dating for only a month when Clinton asked Rodham to marry her. Initially she preferred to put off marriage to focus on her promising career in law and politics but the couple were married in the living room of their shared house in Fayetteville, Arkansas. When Bill became president in 1993, Hillary emerged as one of the more outspoken First Ladies in US history. She decided to remain with her husband after revelations of his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky at the end of his presidency, and also pushed on with her own political ambitions. Just before the end of Bill’s second term in office in 2001 she was sworn in as a Senator for New York. Hillary went close to becoming president herself but was beaten to the Democratic Party nomination by Barack Obama, who appointed her Secretary of State.
Also on October 11: start of the second Boer War (1899); Pope John XXIII opens the Second Vatican Council (1962); first broadcast of Saturday Night Live on US television (1975).
Born on October 11: Bobby Charlton (1937), Jean-Jacques Goldman (1951), Vojislav Seselj (1954), Luke Perry (1965).