TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Hartford Courant - - Living -

In 1483,

Martin Luther, leader of the Protes­tant Re­for­ma­tion, was born in Eisleben, Ger­many.

In 1775,

the U.S. Marines were or­ga­nized un­der author­ity of the Con­ti­nen-

tal Congress.

In 1919,

the Amer­i­can Le­gion held its first na­tional con­ven­tion, in Min­neapo­lis.

In 1938,

Kate Smith first sang Irv­ing Ber­lin's “God Bless Amer­ica” on her CBS ra­dio pro­gram.

In 1969,

the chil­dren's pro­gram “Sesame Street” made its de­but on PBS.

In 1975,

the ore-haul­ing ship Ed­mund Fitzger­ald and its crew of 29 van­ished dur­ing a storm in Lake Su­pe­rior.

In 1982,

the newly fin­ished Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial was opened to its first vis­i­tors in Wash­ing­ton.

In 2001,

Ap­ple's MP3 player, the iPod, of­fi­cially went on sale. The 5GB de­vice re­tailed for $399.

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