Today is Thursday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2018. There are 25 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Comedy performer David Ossman is 82. Actor James Naughton is 73. Former transportation secretary Ray LaHood is 73. Actress JoBeth Williams is 70. Actor Tom Hulce is 65. Comedian Steven Wright is 63. R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is 62. Pixies drummer David Lovering is 57. Writer-director Judd Apatow is 51. Writer-director Craig Brewer is 47.
In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment to the US 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 1907, the worst mining disaster in US history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, W.Va.
In 1917, some 2,000 people were killed when an explosives-laden French cargo ship, the Mont Blanc, collided with the Norwegian vessel Imo at the harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting off a blast that devastated the Canadian city.
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 off 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 2013, a day after Nelson Mandela’s death at 95, South Africans of all colors erupted in song, dance, and tears in emotional celebrations of the life of the man who had bridged the country’s black-white divide and helped avert a race war. The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was sold at Christie’s for nearly $1 million — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.
Last year, President Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, defying warnings from the Palestinians and others around the world that he would be destroying hopes for Mideast peace.