TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Thurs­day, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2018 and the 76th day of au­tumn.

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS IN HIS­TORY: In 1492, Christo­pher Colum­bus be­came the first Euro­pean to set foot on the is­land of His­pan­iola, now the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic and Haiti.

In 1790, the U.S. Congress moved from New York City to Philadel­phia.

In 1877, the first edi­tion of The Wash­ing­ton Post was pub­lished.

In 1957, two months after the Soviet Union launched Sput­nik, the United States at­tempted to launch its first satel­lite, but the Van­guard rocket ex­ploded on the launch pad.

TO­DAY’S FACT: The world’s first pe­di­atric heart trans­plant (which was also the first hu­man-to-hu­man heart trans­plant in the United States) was per­formed at Mai­monides Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Brook­lyn, New York, on this day in 1967.

TO­DAY’S SPORTS: In 2003, after a loss to Navy, Army be­came the first Divi­sion I col­lege foot­ball team in his­tory to fin­ish the sea­son 0-13.

TO­DAY’S NUM­BER: 898 — steps to the top of the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment when it was com­pleted on this day in 1884. (The bot­tom step was later con­verted to a wheel­chair ramp, bring­ing the to­tal to 897.)

TO­DAY’S MOON: Be­tween last quar­ter moon (Nov. 29) and new moon (Dec. 7).

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