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Monday, November 10, 2008


Today is Monday, Nov. 10, the 315th day of 2008.
There are 51 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight 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 1919, the American Legion opened its first national convention, in Minneapolis.
  • In 1928, Japan's Emperor Hirohito was formally enthroned, almost two years after his ascension.
  • In 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on her CBS radio program, which aired on Thursdays.
  • In 1938, Turkish statesman Mustafa Kemal Ataturk died in Istanbul at age 57.
  • In 1954, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated by President Eisenhower in Arlington, Va.
  • In 1969, the children's educational program "Sesame Street" made its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS).
  • In 1975, the ore-hauling ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior.
  • In 1982, Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev died at age 75.

Ten years ago:
  • The Pentagon stepped up the movement of warships to the Persian Gulf as the Clinton administration swept aside the idea of negotiations with Iraq over U.N. weapons inspections rejected by the Iraqis.

Five years ago:
  • Democrat John Kerry shook up his faltering presidential campaign, replacing campaign manager Jim Jordan with Mary Beth Cahill.
  • Federal regulators allowed customers to switch home phone numbers to their cell phones.
  • A World Trade Organization panel upheld a ruling that U.S. duties on steel imports were illegal.
  • Chicago newspaper columnist and TV personality Irv Kupcinet died at age 91.

One year ago:
  • Six U.S. troops died in an insurgent ambush, making 2007 the deadliest year for American forces in Afghanistan since 2001.
  • A stagehands strike shut down most Broadway shows, with curtains rising again 19 days later.
  • Author Norman Mailer died in New York at age 84.
  • The mother of rapper Kanye West, Donda West, died at a Los Angeles-area hospital at age 58 a day after undergoing plastic surgery.
  • Miami ended its 70-year stay at the famed Orange Bowl with the biggest shutout loss in the stadium's history, a 48-0 rout to Virginia.

Today's Birthdays:
  • Actor Russell Johnson is 84.
  • Film composer Ennio Morricone is 80.
  • Blues singer Bobby Rush is 74.
  • Actor Albert Hall is 71.
  • Country singer Donna Fargo is 67.
  • Lyricist Tim Rice is 64.
  • Actress Alaina Reed Hall is 62.
  • Rock singer-musician Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 61.
  • Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 59.
  • Actor Jack Scalia is 57.
  • Movie director Roland Emmerich is 53.
  • Actor Matt Craven is 52.
  • Actor-comedian Sinbad is 52.
  • Actress Mackenzie Phillips is 49.
  • Author Neil Gaiman is 48.
  • Actor-comedian Tommy Davidson is 45.
  • Actor Michael Jai White is 44.
  • Country singer Chris Cagle is 40.
  • Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is 40.
  • Actress Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy") is 39.
  • Rapper-producer Warren G is 38.
  • Rock singer-musician Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) is 33.
  • Actress Brittany Murphy is 31.
  • Rapper Eve is 30.
  • Rock musician Chris Jannou (Silverchair) is 29.
  • Actor Bryan Neal is 28.
  • Actress Heather Matarazzo is 26.
  • Country singer Miranda Lambert is 25.
  • Actor Josh Peck is 22.

Thought for Today:
"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?"
Fanny Brice, American actress and singer (1891-1951).

"Let's all be careful out there!"