November 10th, 1975

On Nov. 10, 1975, the ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

The Edmund Fitzgerald, the ore carrier that plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior Nov. 10, 1975, is shown on the Detroit River. The date of the photo is unknown. (AP Photo/Burt Emanulle)

On this date in:
1483 Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany.
1775 The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.
1871 Journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
1928 Hirohito was enthroned as Emperor of Japan.
1938 Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on network radio.
1942 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, discussing the recent victory over Rommel at El Alamein, Egypt, said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
1951 Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began with a call between the mayors of Englewood, N.J., and Alameda, Calif.
1954 The U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated in Arlington, Va.
1961 The satirical anti-war novel “Catch-22″ by Joseph Heller was published.
1969 “Sesame Street” debuted on PBS.
1975 The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution equating Zionism with racism.
1982 Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev died at age 75.
1997 A judge in Cambridge, Mass., reduced Louise Woodward’s murder conviction to manslaughter and sentenced the English au pair to time served in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.
1997 WorldCom Inc. and MCI Communications Corp. agreed to a $37 billion merger.
2001 The World Trade Organization approved China’s membership.
2007 Author Norman Mailer died at age 84.
2009 John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the 2002 sniper attacks that killed 10 in the Washington, D.C. region, was executed.

Highlights of This Day in History
Today’s Birthdays:
Rapper-actress Eve turns 34 years old today.

AP Photo/Peter Kramer

Name Profession Age
Russell Johnson Actor (“Gilligan’s Island”) 88
Saxby Chambliss U.S. senator, R-Ga. 69
Tim Rice Lyricist 68
Greg Lake Rock singer, musician (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) 65
Ann Reinking Actress, dancer 63
Sinbad Actor, comedian 56
Mackenzie Phillips Actress (“One Day at a Time”) 53
Hugh Bonneville Actor (“Downton Abbey”) 49
Mike McCarthy Football coach 49
Kenny Rogers Baseball player 48
Tracy Morgan Actor (“30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live”) 44
Ellen Pompeo Actress (“Grey’s Anatomy”) 43
Heather Matarazzo Actress 30
Kiernan Shipka Actress (“Mad Men”) 13
Country singer Miranda Lambert turns 29 years old today.

AP Photo/Matt Sayles

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