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November 10, 2013

Today in History for Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

-- — Highlight in History

On Nov. 10, 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on her CBS radio program.

On this date

In 1775, the U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.

In 1954, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Arlington, Va.

In 1969, the children’s educational program “Sesame Street” made its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS).

In 1972, three armed men hijacked Southern Airways Flight 49, a DC-9 with 24 other passengers on board during a stopover in Birmingham, Ala., and demanded $10 million in ransom. (The 30-hour ordeal, which involved landings in nine U.S. cities and Toronto, finally ended with a second landing in Cuba, where the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban authorities.)

Ten 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.

Five years ago

President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, welcomed Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House for a nearly two-hour visit; the president and president-elect conferred in the Oval Office, while the current and future first ladies talked in the White House residence. Miriam Makeba, the South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist, died at age 76 after performing at a concert in Castel Volturno, Italy.

One year ago

Officials announced that President Obama had won Florida with 50 percent of the vote to Mitt Romney’s 49.1 percent, a margin of about 74,000 votes. U.S. officials disclosed that the scandal that brought down CIA Director David Petraeus started when harassing emails sent by his biographer and paramour, Paula Broadwell, to another woman came to the attention of the FBI. Two people were killed when a powerful gas explosion rocked an Indianapolis neighborhood.

, destroying two homes and damaging 33 others so badly they had to be demolished. (Authorities later charged three people with deliberatly setting off the blast to collect a big insurance payout.) A 4.3 magnitude earthquake centered near Whitesburg, Ky., was felt in at least eight other states.

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