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TO­DAY IS THURS­DAY, DEC. 6, the 340th day of 2018. There are 25 days left in the year. TO­DAY’S HIGHLIGHTS IN HIS­TORY: On this date on 1907, the worst min­ing dis­as­ter in U.S. his­tory oc­curred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine ex­plo­sion in Monon­gah, W.Va.

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 1884, Army en­gi­neers com­pleted con­struc­tion of the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment by set­ting an alu­minum cap­stone atop the obelisk.

In 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.

In 1923, a pres­i­den­tial ad­dress was broad­cast on ra­dio for the first time as Pres­i­dent Coolidge spoke to a joint ses­sion of Congress.

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 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.

In 1998, in Venezuela, for­mer Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez, who had staged a bloody coup at­tempt against the gov­ern­ment six years ear­lier, was elected pres­i­dent.

In 2001, The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, by a one-vote mar­gin, gave Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush more power to ne­go­ti­ate global trade deals. Pres­i­dent Bush ded­i­cated the na­tional Christ­mas tree to those who had died on Sept. 11 and to ser­vice mem­bers who had died in the line of duty.

TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAYS: Com­edy per­former David Oss­man is 82. Ac­tor Pa­trick Bauchau is 80. Coun­try singer He­len Cor­nelius is 77. Ac­tor James Naughton and for­mer Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary Ray LaHood are 73. Rhyth­mand-blues singer Frankie Bev­erly (Maze) is 72. For­mer Sen. Don Nick­les, R-Okla., and actress JoBeth Wil­liams are 70. Ac­tors Tom Hulce, Wil Shriner and ac­tor Kin Shriner are 65. Ac­tor Miles Chapin is 64. Rock mu­si­cian Rick Buck­ler (The Jam), co­me­dian Steven Wright, coun­try singer Bill Lloyd and singer Tish Hi­no­josa are 63. Rock mu­si­cian Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 62. Rock mu­si­cian David Lover­ing (Pix­ies) is 57. Actress Ja­nine Turner and rock mu­si­cian Ben Watt (Ev­ery­thing But The Girl) are 56. Writer-di­rec­tor Judd Apa­tow is 51. Rock mu­si­cian Ulf “Bud­dha” Ek­berg (Ace of Base) is 48. Writer-di­rec­tor Craig Brewer is 47. Ac­tresses Colleen Haskell and Lindsay Price are 42. Actress Ashley Madekwe is 37. Actress Nora Kirk­patrick is 34. Chris­tian rock mu­si­cian Ja­cob Ch­es­nut (Rush of Fools) is 29. Ten­nis player CoCo Vandeweghe is 27. Foot­ball quar­ter­back Johnny Manziel is 26.

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