To­day in History

El Dorado News-Times - - Morning Brew -

To­day is Wed­nes­day, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2017. There are 25 days left in the year.

To­day's High­lights in History: On Dec. 6, 1917, some 2,000 peo­ple were killed when an ex­plo­sives-laden French cargo ship, the Mont Blanc, col­lided with the Nor­we­gian ves­sel Imo at the har­bor in Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia, set­ting off a blast that dev­as­tated the Cana­dian city. Fin­land de­clared its in­de­pen­dence from Rus­sia.

On this date:

In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.

In 1865, the 13th Amend­ment to the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, abol­ish­ing slav­ery, was rat­i­fied as Ge­or­gia be­came the 27th state to en­dorse it.

In 1889, Jef­fer­son Davis, the first and only pres­i­dent of the Con­fed­er­ate States of Amer­ica, died in New Or­leans.

In 1907, the worst min­ing dis­as­ter in U.S. history oc­curred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine ex­plo­sion in Monon­gah, West Vir­ginia.

In 1922, the An­glo-Ir­ish Treaty, which es­tab­lished the Ir­ish Free State, came into force one year to the day after it was signed in Lon­don.

In 1942, co­me­dian Fred Allen pre­miered "Allen's Al­ley," a re­cur­ring sketch on his CBS ra­dio show spoof­ing small-town Amer­ica.

In 1947, Ever­glades National Park in Florida was ded­i­cated by Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man.

In 1957, Amer­ica's first at­tempt at putting a satel­lite into or­bit failed as Van­guard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad be­fore crash­ing down and ex­plod­ing.

In 1967, three days after the first hu­man heart trans­plant took place in South Africa, a sur­gi­cal team at Mai­monides Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Brook­lyn, New York, led by Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz trans­planted the heart of a brain-dead two-day-old baby boy into an 19-day-old in­fant who died six hours later.

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