In 1969, the children's educational program “Sesame Street” made its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS).
1938: Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's “God Bless America” on her CBS radio program.
1951: Customer-dialed long-distance telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, N.J., called Alameda, Calif., Mayor Frank Osborne without operator assistance.
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.
1982: The newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, three days before its dedication.
1990: The movie comedy “Home Alone,” starring Macaulay Culkin, premiered in Chicago.