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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.

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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-day­old baby boy into an 19-day-old in­fant who died six hours later.

In 1973, House mi­nor­ity leader Ger­ald R. Ford was sworn in as vice pres­i­dent, suc­ceed­ing Spiro T. Agnew.

In 1982, 11 sol­diers and six civil­ians were killed when an Ir­ish Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Army bomb ex­ploded at a pub in Bal­lykelly, North­ern Ire­land.

In 1989, 14 women were shot to death at the Uni­ver­sity of Mon­treal's school of engi­neer­ing by a man who then took his own life.

Ten years ago: CIA Di­rec­tor Michael Hay­den re­vealed the agency had video­taped its in­ter­ro­ga­tions of two ter­ror sus­pects in 2002 and de­stroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and com­pro­mise the iden­ti­ties of U.S. ques­tion­ers; the dis­clo­sure brought im­me­di­ate con­dem­na­tion from Capi­tol Hill.

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