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today inhistory today is thursday, dec. 6, the 340th day of 2018. there are 25 days left in the year. today’s highlight in history: Representatives, by a one-vote margin, gave President George On Dec. 6, 1907, the worst W. Bush more power to negotiate global trade deals. President Bush dedicated the national Christmas tree to those who had died on Sept. 11 and to service members who had On this Date: died in the line of duty. in 1790, Congress moved to ten years agO: President-elect Philadelphia from New York. in 1865, the 13th Amendment to Barack Obama said in a Saturday radio and Internet address that the U.S. Constitution, abolishing he’d asked his economic team for slavery, was ratified as Georgia became the 27th state to endorse it. a recovery plan that would save or create more than 2 million jobs. in 1884, Army engineers Indicted Democratic U.S. Rep. completed construction of the Washington Monument by setting an William Jefferson was ousted from his aluminum capstone atop the obelisk. New Orleans area district in a special election won by Republican attorney in 1917, some 2,000 people were killed when an explosives-laden French Anh “Joseph” Cao, who became the first Vietnamese-American in cargo ship, the Mont Blanc, collided Congress. Heiress Martha “Sunny” with the Norwegian vessel Imo at the von Bulow, who’d spent the last 28 harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, setting years of her life in a coma, died in off a blast that devastated the Canadian New York City at age 76. city. Finland declared its independence Five years agO: A day after from Russia. Nelson Mandela’s death at 95, South in 1923, a presidential address was Africans of all colors erupted in broadcast on radio for the first time song, dance and tears in emotional as President Coolidge spoke to a celebrations of the life of the man joint session of Congress. who had bridged the country’s blackin 1947, Everglades National white divide and helped avert a race Park in Florida was dedicated by war. The Fender Stratocaster that Bob President Harry S. Truman. Dylan played at the 1965 Newport in 1957, America’s first attempt at Folk Festival was sold at Christie’s for putting a satellite into orbit failed nearly $1 million — the highest price as Vanguard TV3 rose about four ever paid for a guitar at auction. feet off a Cape Canaveral launch One year agO: President Donald pad before crashing down and Trump declared Jerusalem to be exploding. Israel’s capital, defying warnings from in 1973, House minority leader the Palestinians and others around Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice the world that he would be destroying president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew. hopes for Mideast peace. Time in 1982, 11 soldiers and six magazine named as its Person of the civilians were killed when an Irish Year the “Silence Breakers” - those National Liberation Army bomb who had shared their stories about exploded at a pub in Ballykelly, sexual assault and harassment. A Northern Ireland. wildfire erupted in the exclusive Belin 1989, 14 women were shot to Air section of Los Angeles, the latest death at the University of Montreal’s neighborhood of Southern California school of engineering by a man who to find itself under siege from an then took his own life. outbreak of wind-driven blazes. in 1998, in Venezuela, former Lt. tODay’s BirthDays: Comedy Col. Hugo Chavez, who had staged performer David Ossman is 82. a bloody coup attempt against the Actor Patrick Bauchau is 80. government six years earlier, was Country singer Helen Cornelius elected president. is 77. Actor James Naughton is 73. Actress JoBeth Williams is 70. in 2001, The House of mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, West Virginia.