Some great (and not so great) Nov. 10 moments
1483: Martin Luther, whose 95 theses led the way to the formation of Protestantism, was born. In an era when Roman Catholicism was law, and speaking against it was considered a heresy punishable by death, Martin's bravery in standing up for the true Christ, the Christ of grace and mercy, not of indulgences and works, has inspired many for generations. I strongly recommend the 2003 movie, Luther, starring Joseph Fiennes.
1775: Let's give a rousing round of applause for the United States Marine Corps, who celebrate their 230th anniversary today. These brave and patriotic people have defended us against the worst of enemies, and I know they will continue to do so. God bless you all!
1871: Henry Stanley locates medical missionary Dr. David Livingstone in Tanzania with the famous words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Thank God for Dr. Livingstone, who helped bring light into the "dark continent" of Africa, a man of whom Florence Nightingale said, "God has taken away the greatest man of his generation." But the humble Livingstone would not have spoken so highly of himself: "I am a missionary, heart and soul. God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician. A poor, poor imitation of Him I am, or wish to be. In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die."
1926: Michinomiya Hirohito is crowned emporer of Japan. This man would achieve god-like status in the minds of his countrymen, but his loss in World War II led him to declaring to his nation that he was not immortal (of course, his death in 1989 confirmed that!).
1938: Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" for the first time. This would become her signature song, and for decades after the patriotic among us would belt it out at memorable events.
1975: The freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior during a storm. 29 men died. The tragedy was immortalized in a 1976 Gordon Lightfoot song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened in Washington, DC, providing some solace to the tens of thousands of heroic soldiers and their families who had borne the shameful treatment during and after that war. In 1984, also on this date, the US Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp of this memorial. Sadly, many soldiers in our current war against terrorism have also received poor treatment not only from certain citizens but also from many in the media. Men and women of our military, we salute and honor you, and we will not allow the indiscretions of a small minority in your midst to belittle all the good you have done. You fight so we may have the right to continue our freedom of speech, a freedom we might no longer have if Communism or extreme Islam were to overtake us. One day, we'll also build a memorial to the many who fought and died against terrorism.
1997: Au pair Louise Woodward was convicted of 2nd-degree murder in the shaking death of Matthew Eappen. Originally sentenced to life in prison, she ended up being sentenced to time served (279 days), upon appeal, and was freed.
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