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On This Day in History, November 10

What Happened On This Day – November 10

  • 1969 Sesame Street premieres

    Sesame Street, the long-running American children's television series, premiered on TV stations.

  • 1951 North American Numbering Plan begins

    The plan standardized distance calling and gave phone numbers in cities a fixed 3 digit prefix, also called an area code. This made making long-distance calls faster and easier and without the involvement of an operator. The first call under the plan was made between the mayors of Englewood, New Jersey and Alameda, California.

  • 1903 Windshield wiper patented

    The US patent office granted inventor Mary Anderson a patent for automatic windshield wipers - a device that is used to remove or wipe the front and back windshields in automobiles.

  • 1898 Wilmington riots begin

    Thought to be one of the only incidents of insurrection against a local government in the United States, the Wilmington Race Riots of 1898 or the Wilmington Massacre of 1898 began after an election voted in a biracial city council. In retaliation, white supremacists overthrew the council, destroyed a lot of property and killed many black people in the city over the course of a few days.

  • 1775 US Marine Corps is created

    The elite military force capable of operating on land, sea and air was founded in Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary War. A resolution of the Second Continental Congress formed two battalions of Continental Marines that became the forerunners of today's marine corps.

Births On This Day – November 10

  • 1968 Tracy Morgan

    American comedian, actor

  • 1960 Neil Gaiman

    English author, illustrator, screenwriter

  • 1928 Ennio Morricone

    Italian composer, conductor

  • 1759 Friedrich Schiller

    German poet, playwright, historian

  • 1483 Martin Luther

    German monk, priest, leader of the Protestant Reformation

Deaths On This Day – November 10

  • 2015 Helmut Schmidt

    German politician, 5th Chancellor of Germany

  • 2007 Norman Mailer

    American author, journalist

  • 1982 Leonid Brezhnev

    Soviet politician

  • 1938 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

    Turkish army officer, politician, 1st President of Turkey

  • 1917 Harry Trott

    Australian cricketer

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