This Day in His­tory

Pawtucket Times - - AMUSEMENTS -

On Nov. 10, 1775, the U.S. Marines were or­ga­nized un­der author­ity of the Con­ti­nen­tal Congress.

On this date:

In 1871, jour­nal­ist-ex­plorer Henry M. Stan­ley found Scot­tish mis­sion­ary David Liv­ing­stone, who had not been heard from for years, near Lake Tan­ganyika in cen­tral Africa.

In 1917, 41 suf­frag­ists were ar­rested for pick­et­ing in front of the White House.

In 1928, Hiro­hito was en­throned as Em­peror of Ja­pan.

In 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irv­ing Ber­lin’s “God Bless Amer­ica” on her CBS ra­dio pro­gram. Turkish states­man Mustafa Ke­mal Ataturk died in Is­tan­bul at age 57.

In 1942, Win­ston Churchill de­liv­ered a speech in Lon­don in which he said, “I have not be­come the King’s First Min­is­ter to pre­side over the liq­ui­da­tion of the Bri­tish Empire.”

In 1954, the U.S. Marine Corps Me­mo­rial, de­pict­ing the rais­ing of the Amer­i­can flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was ded­i­cated by Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower in Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia.

In 1969, the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram “Sesame Street” made its de­but on Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tional Tele­vi­sion (later PBS).

In 1972, three armed men hi­jacked South­ern Air­ways Flight 49, a DC-9 with 24 other pas­sen­gers on board dur­ing a stopover in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., and de­manded $10 mil­lion in ran­som. (The 30-hour or­deal, which in­volved land­ings in nine U.S. cities and Toronto, fi­nally ended with a sec­ond land­ing in Cuba, where the hi­jack­ers were taken into cus­tody by Cuban au­thor­i­ties.)

In 1975, the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion equat­ing Zion­ism with racism (the world body re­pealed the res­o­lu­tion in Dec. 1991). The ore-haul­ing ship SS Ed­mund Fitzger­ald mys­te­ri­ously sank dur­ing a storm in Lake Su­pe­rior with the loss of all 29 crew mem­bers.

In 1982, the newly fin­ished Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial was opened to its first vis­i­tors in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., three days be­fore its ded­i­ca­tion. Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezh­nev died at age 75.

In 1997, a judge in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, re­duced Louise Wood­ward’s mur­der con­vic­tion to in­vol­un­tary manslaugh­ter and sen­tenced the English au pair to the 279 days she’d al­ready served in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eap­pen.

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