TODAY IN HISTORY
Dec. 6, 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.
ALSO ON THIS DATE
Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was ratified as Georgia became the 27th state to endorse it.
Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument by setting an aluminum capstone atop the obelisk.
Some 2,000people were killed when an explosivesladen 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.
A presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.
Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman.
America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing down and exploding.
House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.