Today in history – Le Journal
Today in history
Today is Monday, December 6, the 340th day of 2021. There are 25 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was ratified, with Georgia becoming the 27th state to approve it.
To this date :
In 1790, Congress moved to Philadelphia from New York.
In 1889, Mark Twain’s novel “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” was first published in England under the title “A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur” (it was published in the United States under its more familiar name four days later).
In 1907, the worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred with the deaths of 362 men and boys in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, West Virginia.
In 1917, some 2,000 people were killed when a French cargo ship loaded with explosives, the Mont Blanc, collided with the Norwegian ship Imo in the port of Halifax, Nova Scotia, triggering an explosion that affected devastated the Canadian city. Finland declared independence from Russia.
In 1922, the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which established the Irish Free State, entered into force one year to the day after it was signed in London.
In 1957, America’s first attempt to put a satellite into orbit failed when Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet from a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing and exploding.
In 1962, 37 coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Robena No. 3 mine operated by US Steel in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
In 1969, a free Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway in Alameda County, California was marred by the deaths of four people, one of whom was stabbed by a Hell’s Angel.
In 1973, minority parliamentary leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.
In 1989, 14 women were shot dead at the University of Montreal’s engineering school by a man who then committed suicide.
In 1998, in Venezuela, former Lieutenant-Colonel Hugo Chavez (OO’-goh CHAH’-vez), who had organized a bloody coup attempt against the government six years earlier, was elected president.
In 2007, President George W. Bush announced a plan to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages held by hundreds of thousands of homeowners.
Ten Years Ago: Declaring America’s middle class in danger, President Barack Obama, speaking in Kansas, presented a populist economic vision that would lead to his candidacy for re-election, insisting that the United States must regain their status as a country in which everyone could prosper if given “a fair share”. A suicide bomber massacred 56 Shiite worshipers and injured more than 160 others outside a shrine in the Afghan capital.
Five years ago: President-elect Donald Trump officially announced he would nominate retired Naval General James Mattis to be his Secretary of Defense, bringing his choice on stage at a rally in Fayetteville, Carolina North.
A year ago: President Donald Trump said his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the latest member of Trump’s inner circle to contract the disease. In a debate with her Democratic opponent, Reverend Raphael Warnock, ahead of the two legislative elections in Georgia that would determine control of the Senate, Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler repeatedly refused to acknowledge that Trump had lost his re-election.
Today’s birthdays: Comedy actor David Ossman is 85 years old. Actor Patrick Bauchau is 83 years old. Country singer Helen Cornelius is 80 years old. Actor James Naughton is 76 years old. Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is 76 years old. R&B singer Frankie Beverly (Maze) is 75 years old. Don Nickles, R-Okla., Is 73 years old. Actor JoBeth Williams is 73 years old. Actor Tom Hulce is 68 years old. Actor Wil Shriner is 68 years old. Actor Kin Shriner is 68 years old. Actor Miles Chapin is 67 years old. Rock musician Rick Buckler (The Jam) is 66. Comedian Steven Wright is 66 years old. Country singer Bill Lloyd is 66 years old. Singer Tish Hinojosa is 66 years old. Rock musician Peter Buck (REM) is 65 years old. Rock musician David Lovering (Pixies) is 60 years old. Actress Janine Turner is 59 years old. Rock musician Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) is 59. Writer-director Judd Apatow is 54 years old. Rock musician Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg (Ace of Base) is 51 years old. Writer-director Craig Brewer is 50 years old. Actor Colleen Haskell is 45 years old. Actor Lindsay Price is 45 years old. Actor Ashley Madekwe is 40 years old. Actor Nora Kirkpatrick is 37 years old. Christian rock musician Jacob Chesnut (Rush of F ools) is 32 years old. Tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe is 30 years old. NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) is 27 years old.