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1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1865 – 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery.

1884 – Aluminum capstone set atop Washington Monument, Washington, D.C., making it the tallest human-built structure in the world (overtaking Cologne Cathedral)

1907 – Coal mine explosion in Monongah, West Virginia kills 361.

1922 – 1st electric power line commercial carrier in US, Utica, NY.

1939 – Cole Porter’s musical “Du Barry Was A Lady” opens at 46th Street Theatre, NYC; runs 408 performances.

1944 – US 95th Infantry division reaches Westwall.

1953 – Brown’s Lou “Toe” Groza kicks 8 PATs, beating Giants 62-14.

1957 – 1st US attempt to launch a satellite fails-Vanguard rocket blows up.

1964 – “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” 1st airs on TV.

1973 – Gerald Ford sworn in as first unelected Vice President, succeeds Spiro Agnew who resigned over corruption allegations.

1981 – PGA Seniors’ Championship Men’s Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Miller Barber wins his first of 5 Champions Tour major titles by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer.

1988 – Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million, Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles…

1992 – San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park.

1994 – Orange County California files for bankruptcy.

2006 – NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars.

2017 – Skirball wildfire near Los Angeles closes the Interstate 405 as thousands are forced to evacuate.

2017 – US President Donald Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, announcing plans to move the US embassy there.

2021 – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announces a COVID-19 mandate for all private employers effective December 27, to combat Omicron, 1st in the country.