The Star Democrat - - OPINION - By THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Blanc, Imo Mont

To­day is Thurs­day, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2018. There are 25 days left in the year.

To­day’s Highlights in His­tory:

On 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.

On this date:

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 ex­plo­sives­laden French cargo ship, the

col­lided with the Nor­we­gian ves­sel 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 of f 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.

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