Day in History: "God Bless America"; Long-Distance; Sesame Street; Edmund Fitzgerald Sinks; Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Updated: 11/10/2013 - Today's Highlight in History: On Nov. 10, 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on her CBS radio program. On Nov 10 - In 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. In 1969, the children's educational program "Sesame Street" made its debut on National Educational Television (later PBS). In 1975, the ore-hauling ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 mysteriously sank during a storm in Lake Superior with the loss of all on board. In 1982, the newly finished Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to its first visitors in Washington, D.C., three days before its dedication.