This Day in History - November 10

November 10

1483 – Theologian and reformer, Martin Luther, is born

1493 – Christopher Columbus discovers Antigua

1556 – Richard Chancellor is drowned off Aberdeenshire on his way home from his voyage to Russia

1647 – The Treaty of Westminster returns all Dutch-occupied areas of New York to English control

1697 – English caricaturist, William Hogarth, is born

1730 – Playwright, Oliver Goldsmith, is born

1759 – Playwright and poet, Friedrich von Schiller, is born

1775 – The US Marine Corps is founded

1782 – During the last battle of the American Revolution, in Ohio Territory, George Rogers Clark attacks Indians and Loyalists at Chillicothe

1801 – Educator of the blind, Samuel Gridley Howe, is born

1808 – In a decision that would eventually make them one of the wealthiest surviving Indian nations, the Osage Indians agree to abandon their lands in Missouri and Arkansas in exchange for a reservation in Oklahoma

1865 – A Swiss immigrant and commander of Andersonville prison in Georgia, Henry Wirz, is hanged for the murder of soldiers incarcerated there during the Civil War

1871 – Henry M. Stanley finds Dr. Livingstone at Ujiji near Unyanyembe in Africa

1879 – Little Bighorn’s Major Marcus Reno is caught spying through a window at his commanding officer’s daughter and will later be court-martialed for it

1879 – Poet, Vachel Lindsay, is born

1882 – First woman cabinet member, Frances Perkins, is born

1903 – The windshield wiper is patented by Mary Anderson

1911 – President Howard Taft ends his 15,000-mile speaking tour

1911 – The Imperial government of China retakes Nanking

1917 – US suffragettes are arrested protesting outside of the White House

1917 – Australian cricket player, Harry Trott, dies

1925 – Welsh actor, Richard Burton, is born

1928 – The first installment of All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque’s acclaimed novel of World War I, appears in the German magazine Vossische Zeitung

1928 – Italian composer and conductor, Ennio Morricone, is born

1928 – Michinomiya Hirohito is crowned as the 124th Japanese monarch in an imperial line dating back to 660 B.C., after the death of his father

1932 – Actor, Roy Scheider, is born

1935 – Astrophysicist Igor Dmitriyevich Novikov is born

1938 – Italy enacts anti-Semitic legislation

1938 – 1st President of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, dies

1941 – Winston Churchill promises to join the US “within the hour” in the event of war with Japan

1942 – Admiral Jean Darlan orders French forces in North Africa to cease resistance to the Anglo-American forces

1942 – German troops occupy Vichy France, which had previously been free of an Axis military presence

1947 – Singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Greg Lake, is born

1952 – US Supreme Court upholds the decision barring segregation on interstate railways

1956 – Comedian and actor, Sinbad, aka David Adkins, is born

1960 – English author, screenwriter, and illustrator, Neil Gaiman, is born

1961 – Andrew Hatcher is named associate press secretary to President John F. Kennedy

1962 – Eleanor Roosevelt is buried

1963 – Actor Hugh Bonneville is born

1964 – Australia begins a draft to fulfill its commitment in Vietnam

1964 – Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara says that the United States has no plans to send combat troops into Vietnam

1968 – American actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan, is born

1969 – The PBS children’s broadcast of Sesame Street airs for the first time

1970 – For the first time in five years, no U.S. combat fatalities in Southeast Asia are reported for the previous week

1971 – Two women are tarred and feathered in Belfast for dating British soldiers and Londonderry, Northern Ireland, a Catholic girl is tarred and feathered for her intention of marrying a British soldier

1971 – Communist forces bombard the airport at the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, killing 25 persons and wounding 30

1972 – Hijackers divert a jet to Detroit, demanding $10 million and ten parachutes

1973 – Newspapers report the burning of 36 copies of the controversial Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, about a World War II soldier who witnessed the firebombing of Dresden

1975 – The iron ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald breaks in half and sinks at the eastern end of Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members

1977 – Actress, voice actress, singer, and producer, Brittany Murphy, is born

1982 – Leonid Brezhnev, longtime general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, dies

1983 – Country singer, Miranda Lambert, is born

1986 – President Ronald Reagan refuses to reveal details of the Iran arms sale

1989 – German citizens begin tearing down the Berlin Wall

1995 – Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian playwright, and environmental activist, is hanged in Nigeria along with eight other members from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop)

1997 – WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a merger, which will be the largest in US history

1997 – A Massachusetts judge reduces the second-degree murder conviction of British au pair Louise Woodward to involuntary manslaughter in the 1996 death of 8-and-a-half-month-old Matthew Eappen, who she had shaken violently, on the grounds that he believed Woodward had injured Eappen in a state of “confusion, fright and bad judgment, rather than rage or malice”

2001 – In the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush addresses the United Nations to ask for the international community’s help in combating terrorism around the world and he pledged to take the fight against terrorism to any place where terrorists were harbored

2007 – American author and journalist, Norman Mailer, dies

2008 – NASA declares the Phoenix mission concluded after losing communications with the lander, five months after it began its exploration on the surface of Mars

2009 – North Korean and South Korean ships have a skirmish off Daecheon Island

2015 – 5th Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Schmidt, dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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