Today’s date is November 10, 2020, the 315th day of this year. This is a breakdown of what happened in the world on this particular day.
Notable events: November 10 in the 18th and 19th century
William Franklin, the final colonial governor of New Jersey, signs the charter of Queen’s College on this day in 1766. The college would later become Rutgers University.
The United States Marine Corps was founded on this day in 1775. It was founded inside Philadelphia’s Tun Tavern by Samuel Nicholas.
The only instance of a municipal government being overthrown in U.S. history would take place on this day in 1898. It would take place as part of an insurrection in Wilmington, N.C. As a result, between 14 and 300 black residents were slain, plus the displacement of 2,000 blacks and the banishment of about 20 Fusionists from the community. The town’s newspaper, The Daily Record, was also lit on fire and gutted as a result.
Notable events: November 10 in the 20th century
With the rollout of the North American Numbering Plan, direct-dial telephone service to make calls from coast-to-coast begins in the U.S. on this day in 1951.
The war memorial to remember those on the Marine Corps who lost their lives on Iwo Jima would receive its dedication on this day in 1954. Its location was at the Arlington Ridge Park within the confines of Arlington County in Virginia.
New York diamond merchant Harry Winston would donate the Hope Diamond to the Smithsonian Institution on this day in 1958.
Sesame Street debuted on National Educational Television on this day in 1969. NET would later become the Public Broadcasting Service in 1970. PBS affiliates would broadcast exclusive episodes until 2016. In 2016, HBO would get the first run of new episodes, with those episodes airing later on PBS stations. In May of this year, HBO ownership would move first run privileges to their HBOMax streaming platform, with PBS continuing their existing agreement. The series has earned 189 Emmy Awards and 11 Grammy Awards during its ongoing run.
On this day in 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot freighter, would sink during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members on board. The incident would be the focus of a song from Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in his June 1976 album Summertime Dream.
On this day in 1983, Bill Gates introduces the first generation of Windows, with Windows 1.0. 37 years later, computers are operating on the Windows 10 operating system manufactured by his company, Microsoft.
On this day in 1989, Germans would begin the process of tearing down the Berlin Wall.
On this day in 1997, WorldCom and MCI Communications would announce a $37 billion merger. It is, at the time, the largest U.S.-based merger.
Births – November 10 in the 15th century to 19th century
German monk and priest Martin Luther was born on this day in 1483. Luther would become the leader of the Protestant Reformation.
English plumber and engineer George Jennings was born on this day in 1810. His notable invention was the flushable toilet. (But you might as well call him George Plumber.)
Don’t confuse him with the British prime minister – American author and painter Winston Churchill was born on this day in 1871.
American poet and educator Vachel Lindsay was born on this day in 1879. The Springfield, Ill. native held residence across the street from the Executive Mansion of the state governor. His home on South 5th Street has regular maintenance by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Although likely not credited, it is highly likely that he’s one half of the name in relation to the Oakley-Lindsay Center in the western Illinois city of Quincy.
Births in the 20th century
American actor Roy Scheider, known for his roles in Jaws and Jaws 2, was born on this day in 1932.
Actor, comedian, and producer Sinbad was born on this day in 1956. Additionally, actor, comedian, and producer Tracy Morgan was born on this day in 1968.
Ryan Reeves, better known in two different runs in WWE as Skip Sheffield and Ryback, was born on this day in 1981.
NFL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was born on this day in 1992. A 2014 first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings, Bridgewater would play with the Vikings until the end of the 2016-17 season. Following an entire season as a free agent, Bridgewater would return to action in 2018 with the New Orleans Saints before rejoining free agency. Currently, he is on contract with the Carolina Panthers.
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