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The History Channel

* On Nov. 10, 1969, “Sesame Street,” a TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and counting, makes its broadcast debut. Over the years, critics have blamed the show and its use of brief segments for shrinking children’s attention spans.

* On Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 o’clock of the 11th day of the 11th month, the First World War comes to an end. The Great War claimed the lives of 9 million soldiers; 21 million more were wounded. Civilian casualties caused indirectly by the war numbered close to 10 million.

* On Nov. 12, 1892, William “Pudge” Heffelfinger becomes the first professional football player when Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Athletic Association pays him $500 to play as a ringer in a game against the rival Pittsburgh Athletic Club. Before then, players had traded their services on the field for expense money or trinkets, not cash.

* On Nov. 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood is killed in a car accident in Oklahoma on her way to a meet with a reporter. She reportedly carried documents proving that Kerr-McGee Corp. was negligent when it came to worker safety at its plutonium plant. The theory was that someone forced her off the road to prevent the meeting.

* On Nov. 14, 1889, journalist Nellie Bly took a page from Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days” by following in the footsteps of the book’s protagonist, Phileas Fogg, and embarked on her own adventure, starting in Hoboken, New Jersey. She chronicled the trip in her book “Around the World in 72 Days.”

On Nov. 15, 1949, Nathuram Godse, Narayan Apte and six of their co-conspirators in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi were hanged at the Ambala jail. Godse, unhappy over Gandhi’s accommodation of Indian Muslims, had shot Gandhi the previous January while Gandhi was out for his evening prayers.

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