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    This day in history

    Thursday, Dec. 6, is the 341st day of 2012. There are 25 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Jazz musician Dave Brubeck is 92. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is 67. Actress JoBeth Williams is 64. Comedian Steven Wright is 57. Musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 56. Musician David Lovering (Pixies) is 51. Director Judd Apatow is 45.

    In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.


    In 1884, Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument.

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    In 1907, 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.

    In 1917, some 2,000 people died when an explosives-laden French cargo ship collided with a Norwegian vessel at the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off a blast that devastated the city.

    In 1962, 37 coal miners were killed in an explosion in Carmichaels, Pa.