TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

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

1790

Congress moved to Philadel­phia from New York.

1865

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

1884

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

1917

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.

1923

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

1947

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

1957

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.

1973

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

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