This Day in History: Nov. 10

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.

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