The Republican Herald - - COMMENTARY -

To­day is Sat­ur­day, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2018. There are 51 days left in the year. High­lights in his­tory:

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.

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

In 1982, the newly fin­ished Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Memo­rial was opened to its first vis­i­tors in Wash­ing­ton, D. C., three days be­fore its ded­i­ca­tion.

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.

In 2005, Ellen John­sonSir­leaf, a for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter of Liberia, claimed vic­tory in the coun­try’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Ten years ago, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and his wife, Laura, wel­comed Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House for a nearly two- hour visit; the pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent- elect con­ferred in the Oval Of­fice, while the cur­rent and fu­ture first ladies talked in the White House res­i­dence. Miriam Makeba, the South African folk singer and an­ti­a­partheid ac­tivist, died at age 76 af­ter per­form­ing at a con­cert in Cas­tel Volturno, Italy.

Five years ago, talks in Geneva on curb­ing Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram ended with no deal af­ter France ob­jected that the pro­posed mea­sures did not go far enough.

One year ago, fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, co­me­dian Louis C. K. said the ha­rass­ment claims by five women that were de­tailed in a New York Times re­port “are true,” and he ex­pressed re­morse for us­ing his in­flu­ence “ir­re­spon­si­bly.” Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ar­rived in Viet­nam to at­tend an in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic sum­mit, telling CEOs on the side­lines of the sum­mit, “We are not go­ing to let the United States be taken ad­van­tage of any­more.”

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