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This Day In History — Washington Monument is Completed

December 06

1884
Construction of the Washington Monument was completed.

1889
Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans.

1923
A presidential address was broadcast on the radio for the first time when Calvin Coolidge spoke before Congress.

1926
French impressionist painter Claude Monet died at age 86.

1973
Gerald Ford was sworn in as vice president, replacing Spiro T. Agnew.

1992
The destruction of a mosque in India by Hindu extremists set off two months of Muslim-Hindu fighting that claimed at least 2,000 lives.

1998
Hugo Chavez elected president of Venezuela.

Birthdays

Dave Brubeck

1920–, American jazz pianist and composer.

Jean Eugene Robert Houdin

conjurer and magician (1805)

Joyce Kilmer

poet (1886)

Ira Gershwin

lyricist (1896)

Gunnar Myrdal

economist (1898)

Agnes Moorehead

actress (1906)

Eleanor Holm

swimmer (1913)

Patsy Takemoto Mink

U.S. representative (1927)

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