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Today in history: November 10

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Nov. 10, the 314th day of 2006. There are 51 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 10, 1775, the U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.

On this date:
In 1871, journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found Scottish missionary David Livingstone, who had not been heard from for years, near Lake Tanganyika in central Africa.

In 1919, the American Legion opened its first national convention, in Minneapolis.

In 1928, Hirohito was enthroned as Emperor of Japan.

In 1938, Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on her CBS radio program, which aired Thursdays.

In 1954, the Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated by President Eisenhower in Arlington, Va.

In 1969, the children’s educational program “Sesame Street” made its debut on PBS.

In 1975, the ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior.

In 1976, the Utah Supreme Court gave the go-ahead for convicted murderer Gary Gilmore to be executed, according to his wishes. (The sentence was carried out in January 1977.)

In 1982, Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev died at age 75.

In 1986, Camille Sontag and Marcel Coudari, two Frenchmen who had been held hostage in Lebanon, were released.

Ten years ago: A bomb ripped through a crowd of mourners in a Moscow cemetery, killing 14 people and wounding nearly 50. The Bosnian Serbs’ new military commander (Major General Pero Colic), was sworn in, a day after General Ratko Mladic, a war crimes suspect, was dismissed.

Five years ago: President Bush, in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, warned that all nations were possible targets of terrorism and urged them to join with the United States in a campaign to prevent more attacks. The World Trade Organization formally approved China’s membership. Algeria found itself caught in a fierce 36-hour storm that killed an estimated 886 people. Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his conservative government won a third term in national elections. Author Ken Kesey died in Eugene, Ore., at age 66.

One year ago: A suicide bomber killed some three dozen people at a Baghdad restaurant frequented by police. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a former finance minister of Liberia, claimed victory in the country’s presidential election. Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals won the National League Cy Young Award.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor Russell Johnson is 82. Film composer Ennio Morricone is 78. Actor Roy Scheider is 74. Blues singer Bobby Rush is 72. Actor Albert Hall is 69. Lyricist Tim Rice is 62. Actress Alaina Reed-Hall is 60. Rock singer-musician Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) is 59. Actress-dancer Ann Reinking is 57. Actor Jack Scalia is 55. Movie director Roland Emmerich is 51. Actor Matt Craven is 50. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 50. Actress Mackenzie Phillips is 47. Author Neil Gaiman is 46. Actor Michael Jai White is 42. Country singer Chris Cagle is 38. Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is 38. Actress Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 37. Rapper-producer Warren G is 36. Rock singer-musician Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World) is 31. Actress Brittany Murphy is 29. Rapper Eve is 28. Rock musician Chris Jannou (Silverchair) is 27. Actor Bryan Neal is 26. Actress Heather Matarazzo is 24. Country singer Miranda Lambert is 23. Actor Josh Peck is 20.

Thought for Today: “It is a stupidity second to none, to busy oneself with the correction of the world.” — Moliere, French dramatist (1622-1673).