November 10: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On November 10, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 314th day of the Gregorian calendar is November 10th. The Berlin Wall was torn down by Germans on this day, Bill Gates released Windows 1.0, and the freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew members.

The 10th of November falls under the sign of Scorpio. Richard Burton and Neil Gaiman, both born on November 10th, have famous birthdays. Today is International Accounting Day and Sesame Street Day.


(November 10, 1871)
According to his journal, explorer Henry Stanley addressed David Livingstone, a fellow explorer in pursuit of the Nile River's source, with the famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" on this day in 1871. photo source:


(November 10, 1958)
The Hope diamond, one of the world's largest blue diamonds, was given to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and has since become one of the institution's most popular attractions. photo source:

(November 10, 1969)
Sesame Street, a children's television show starring Elmo, Big Bird, and the Cookie Monster, premiered on the National Educational Television network in the United States (later PBS). photo source:

(November 10, 1975)
The American freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 people on board; its enigmatic fate inspired a Gordon Lightfoot song, making it the Great Lakes' most renowned shipwreck. photo source:

(November 10, 1990)
The international premiere of John Hughes' American comedy Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin; a major smash, it spawned a number of sequels and became a TV mainstay around the Christmas holidays. photo source:


(November 10, 2002)
One of the greatest tornado outbreaks ever recorded in November, spanning from Northern Ohio to the Gulf Coast. During the early to mid afternoon, the strongest tornado, an F4, strikes Van Wert, Ohio, destroying a movie theatre that had been evacuated. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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