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On December sixth, 1889, Jefferson Davis,
the first and only president of the Confederate
States of America, died in New Orleans.
On this date:
In 1790, Congress moved from New York to
In 1884, Army
engineers completed construction of the
In 1923, a
presidential address was broadcast on radio for
the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a
joint session of Congress.
In 1939, the Cole
Porter musical comedy "Du Barry Was a
Lady" opened on Broadway.
Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated
by President Truman.
In 1957, America's
first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit
blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral,
In 1957, AFL-CIO
members voted to expel the International
Brotherhood of Teamsters. (The Teamsters were
readmitted in 1987.)
In 1969, a concert
by The Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway in
Livermore, California, was marred by the deaths
of four people, including one who was stabbed by
a Hell's Angel.
In 1973, House
minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as
vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.
rock-and-roll pioneer Roy Orbison died near
Nashville, Tennessee, at age 52.
Ten years ago:
Fourteen women were shot to death at at the
University of Montreal's school of engineering by
a man who then took his own life. Egon Krenz
resigned as leader of East Germany.
Five years ago:
Former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell
pleaded guilty to defrauding his former law
partners and clients of nearly $400,000. Treasury
Secretary Lloyd Bentsen announced his
resignation. Orange County, California, filed for
bankruptcy protection due to investment losses of
about two billion dollars.
One year ago: In
Venezuela, former Lieutenant Colonel Hugo Chavez,
who staged a bloody coup attempt against the
government six years earlier, was elected
president. Endeavour's astronauts connected the
first two building blocks of the international
space station in the shuttle cargo bay.
"People who never
get carried away should be."
Malcolm S. Forbes, American publisher