This Week in History – Nov. 6th to Nov. 12th


Dylan Baker, Staff Writer

Sesame Street let go three longtime cast members |

November 10, 1969: the popular children’s TV show “Sesame Street” made its debut. The show’s creators, Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrissett, wanted to provide an education source for children of about four years old, too young to attend school. The program was used to educate children in numbers, reading, writing, and speech. The original cast was Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Kermit, (who eventually joined “The Muppets”) Cookie Monster, Beautiful Day Monster, Guy Smiley, and Bip Bippadotta, with more beloved characters coming as the show progressed. Since its creation, the television series has aired in over 120 countries over the course of 51 seasons and 4,384 episodes, entertaining and educating generations of children around the world. 


Other events this week:

November 11, 1918: World War One ended. The slow-moving trench style warfare that defined the war led to a stalemate that eventually dragged to a halt at the 1918 Treaty of Versailles.  

Nov. 12, 1954: Ellis Island closed. Prior to its closing, the island had usually been immigrants’ last stop before being able to become a citizen of the United States. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the president at the time, closed the island in order to make strict immigration laws more humane.