TODAY IN HISTORY
Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany.
the U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continen-
the American Legion held its first national convention, in Minneapolis.
Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's “God Bless America” on her CBS radio program.
the children's program “Sesame Street” made its debut on PBS.
the ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior.
the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington.
Apple's MP3 player, the iPod, officially went on sale. The 5GB device retailed for $399.