ON THIS DAY: November 10, 2016

November 10th is


Area Code Day *

National Forget-Me-Not Day

Sesame Street Day *

Vanilla Cupcake Day

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday *

World Science Day for Peace and Development *


MORE! Martin Luther, Marilyn Bergman and Harry Winston, click



Bolivia – Potosi: Potosi Festival

Canada – Ottawa ON:international Flags
Bloody Horror International Film Fest

Mozambique – Maputo: Maputo City Day

Palau – Independence

Panama – Los Santos Cry of Independence *

Poland – Katowice:
Mayday Poland Festival

Russia – Militsiya Day
(police day)


On This Day in HISTORY

1483 – Martin Luther, German leader of the Protestant Reformation, is born


1668 – François Couperin, French organist and composer, is born

1766 – William Franklin, last colonial governor of New Jersey, signs the charter for Queen’s College (renamed Rutgers University in 1825 ,after Henry Rutgers who bond donation got the school out of financial difficulties)

1775 – The U.S. Continental Marines (predecessor to the U.S. Marine Corps)  is founded by Samuel Nicolas, who had just been commissioned by the Second Continental Congress as a “Captain of Marines” – he set up a recruiting headquarters at at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, and had enough recruits by January 1776 to man the vessels of the Continental Navy

1793 – A ‘Goddess of Reason’ is proclaimed by the French Convention at the urging of  Pierre Gaspard Chaumette, a radical enragés of the French Revolution who wanted to replace Roman Catholicism with the Cult of Reason

1821 – Cry of Independence * by Rufina Alfaro at La Villa de Los Santos, Panama, setting into motion a revolt which led to Panama’s independence from Spain, becoming part of Colombia

1865 – Major Henry Wirz, superintendent of the infamous Andersonville prison camp in Georgia, is hanged, one of three American Civil War soldiers  executed for war crimes

1871 – Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary, Dr. David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika, greeting him, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

1874 – Idabelle Smith Firestone, American composer and songwriter, is born

1911 – California Proposition 4, the most elaborate campaign ever mounted for suffrage, succeeds by just 3,587 votes

1918 – The North Sydney Nova Scotia Western Union Cable Office receives a top-secret coded message from Europe (forwarded to Ottawa and Washington, D.C.) saying  on November 11, 1918, all fighting would cease on land, sea and in the air.

1919 – The American Legion’s first national convention is held in Minneapolis

1928 – Ennio Morricone, Italian composer, is born

1929 – Marilyn Bergman, American composer and songwriter

1944 – Tim Rice, English Composer, is born

1947 – The North American Numbering Plan assigns telephone area codes *– large cities are assigned lower numbers for the first and third numbers because with rotary dialers, the higher the number, the longer it takes to dial – giving direct-dial, coast-to-coast service to the U.S.

1954 – U.S. President Eisenhower dedicates the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima memorial) in Arlington National Cemetery

1958 – New York diamond merchant Harry Winston donates the Hope Diamond  the Smithsonian Institution

1967 – The Moody Blues release “Knights in White Satin”

1969 – National Educational Television (the predecessor to the Public Broadcasting Service) in the United States debuts Sesame Street

1975 – The 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks a Lake Superior storm, killing all 29 crew on board

1983 – Bill Gates introduces Windows 1.0

1989 – Germans begin tearing down the Berlin Wall

1995 – In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), are hanged by government forces

1997 – WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a $37 billion merger (the largest merger in US history at the time)

2001 – The UNESCO General Conference proclaims World Science Day for Peace and Development * to stress responsible use of science and raise awareness of its importance

2006 – The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia is dedicated by U.S. President George W. Bush, who announces that Marine Corporal Jason Dunham will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor

2008 – Over five months after landing on Mars, NASA declares the Phoenix mission concluded after communications with the lander are lost


2009 – First Sesame Street Day * celebrates 40th anniversary of its original broadcast



  • Sesame Street characters
  • International flags
  • Martin Luther nails 95 theses to Wittenberg church door – stellingen
  • Mars Phoenix lander


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Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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2 Responses to ON THIS DAY: November 10, 2016

  1. Oldest son flew lake patrol over “Gitche Gumee” (Lake Superior) and Lake Michigan during the storms of November when he was in the Coast Guard. Nothing like going for a long range, low altitude, lake patrol in weather like that. They flew the rugged HU-16 Albatross at the time.

    No roller coaster on earth can match that ride, and they would be out for hours at a time.

    Gitche Gumee is the Ojibway name for the lake, which means “shining water.” (Spelling may vary as the name is translated into English from Ojibway.)

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